Ever wonder what it would be like to work at a zoo? Do we have an opportunity for you! If you are interested in participating in the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ efforts toward conservation, education, and learning innovative ways to help the environment, then we need you!
For more information on how to become a volunteer please click here.
Volunteer Services Contact Information
Phone: 904-757-4463 ext 176
- Share your love for animals with Zoo guests
- Create enrichment for the animals
- Learn about local and worldwide conservation
- Make memories that will last a lifetime
- Form friendships with teens who love the Zoo too
- Explore animal and conservation related careers
- Build your resume by being a 100-year anniversary ZOOTeens!
- Earn community service hours for school
- Go behind the scenes at the Zoo
Important things to know if you are selected:
- Volunteers must be between 14 and 17 and have completed 8th grade.
- Volunteers must attend two interviews: individual interview (with parent) and a group interview
- Volunteers must attend two evening training sessions in May: May 20th OR 22nd, 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Volunteers must make a year commitment that includes volunteers three consecutive weeks during the summer, and two special events each month during the school year.
- Being a ZOOTeen! is highly competitive. Not everyone who applies will be accepted.
- The ZOOTeen! tuition fee of $60 will cover your shirt, badge, training materials, training days and picnic.
- All ZOOTeens! must submit proof of a negative tuberculosis screening.
- Volunteering at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens will be the highlight of your year! Don’t miss out!
Those who are selected for the ZOOTeens! program will have the opportunity to meet friends, build resumes, gain volunteer hours, and explore various careers within the Zoo. Upon completion of the program, valuable skill sets for educational and professional goals will be gained; and you’ll have a blast!
In hopes of preparing the ZooTeens! for life after high school, teens will be categorized into 1st year, 2nd year and 3rd year. Each level will have different privileges and opportunities. The new program will target three categories of teens: 1st year teens who are “Ready to Begin” the program, 2nd year teens who are “Yearning for More” volunteer experience, and 3rd year teens who are “Going Forward” in their educational career. The purpose of the Stoplight program is to encourage students to become a ZooTeen! at the beginning of their high school career in order to gain the most experience. Each year a teen returns to the ZooTeen! program, they gain more opportunities. Year status is determined by years involved with the ZooTeen! program, not age or year in high school.
How do I apply?