Teen Volunteer Opportunities


2020 ZooTeen! Applications open February 1st!  

ZooTeens! is a specialized program for teens between the ages of 13 (if they have completed the 8th grade) and 17 years old. This program has an extensive application process and higher level of commitment than our Special Event Teen program. (Please see below if interested in volunteering as a Special Event Teen). Entry into this program is based on the teen's application (including essay questions), letter of recommendation, teacher evaluation, and interviews.

ZooTeens! is a year-round program but teens can choose to specialize in one of two tracks over the summer: as a conservation specialist and/or as a summer camp counselor. Conservation specialists educate Zoo guests about conservation and ways they can help wildlife at home. Summer camp counselors engage with children attending summer camp using crafts and activities and assist with the campers in the Zoo.

ZooTeens! is a competitive and elite program; not all teens will be accepted. If accepted into this program a ZooTeen! will enjoy the following:

•Build your resume                  
•Earn community service hours for school 
•Share your love for animals with Zoo guests 
•Learn about local and worldwide conservation 
•Assist with summer camp
•Form friendships with teens who love the Zoo too
•Make memories that will last a lifetime 
•Explore animal and conservation related careers 
•Enjoy one overnight after-dark program inside the Zoo
•Go behind the scenes at the Zoo
•End of the summer party and awards ceremony

*For an additional fee we typically plan an overnight trip (1-2 nights) to visit another AZA Zoo and/or Aquarium.


Volunteer Engagement Department 
904-757-4463 ext. 176



Special Event Teens

Special Event Teen Volunteers have a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month with no additional requirements during the summer. If you don't have the time to commit this year to the ZooTeens! program or you simply enjoy helping more with events, this might be a better fit for you!

Note that some months may have very few special event opportunities depending on the time of year. Know that we do take this into consideration
and will not make Special Event Teens inactive during the slower periods if they cannot fulfill their hours due to lack of opportunity. Events are posted as requested and can vary greatly. 

How to Become a Special Event Teen Volunteer


Volunteer Engagement Department 
904-757-4463 ext. 176