The Wildlife, Inclusion and Leadership Development Program
The Wildlife, Inclusion and Leadership Development Program (W.I.L.D.) was launched at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens in 2016 to provide at-risk teens in Jacksonville with an innovative leadership and employment opportunity in the Education department.
As employees of the Zoo, the W.I.L.D. Program participants, all between the ages of 14 and 19*, serve as community ambassadors of Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. All programming that the teens develop are free and aim to bridge the accessibility gap of historically underserved neighborhoods, community-betterment organizations and youth that for varying reasons may have limited access to facilities such as the Zoo. These educational outreach programs aim to address the very real issue of promoting and re-imaging the campaign for environmental literacy.
While the teens involved become adept at environmental education, ultimately, the W.I.L.D. Program promotes self-awareness and confidence, broadens the teens’ capacity as emerging leaders, and builds an effective, inclusive team. These teens are the face of the zoo in their community, and voice of their generation for the environment.
Interested in joining the W.I.L.D. Team?
Every spring our applications open! Check back here in February 2024 if you're interested in applying. Although hiring happens in a yearly cycle, we welcome interested teens to reach out and show their interest in joining the program year round! If you are a teen between the ages of 14 to 19*, or know a teen who would be an asset to our team, contact us at email@example.com.
This program is made possible by grant-funded support from the Kids Hope Alliance, the City of Jacksonville's partnership for children, youth and families.
For any additional information or questions regarding The W.I.L.D. Program, please contact us via phone or email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-757-4463 ext. 484.
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