2023 Applications are CLOSED. 2024 applications will be posted in February!
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 Junior Volunteer program. Entry into this program is based on the teen's application (including essay questions), 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
- Gain public speaking, leadership, and confidence skills
- 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
Volunteer Engagement Department
904-757-4463 ext. 176