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Junior Volunteer Program

The Junior Volunteer Program is a multi-tiered service-learning program for teens with a strong interest in animal science, horticulture, education, conservation, Zoo Operations, and most importantly community service.  Participation in the Junior Volunteer Program requires a significant time commitment with participants becoming an important part of the Zoo community.

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Junior Zoo Crew (Introductory Program)

The Program begins with acceptance into Junior Zoo Crew (JZC), a four week intensive training and service orientated experience focusing on the Zoo’s mission, its animal inhabitants, and its significant role in conservation while engaging teens in important group service projects. Junior Zoo Crew provides teens 14-17 years of age with an opportunity to increase and share their knowledge of animals and the environment while gaining valuable volunteer experience in a zoo setting.  We are looking for outgoing, hardworking, and dedicated teens. Places in JZC are limited and admission is competitive; qualified applicants with a desire to continue with the Junior Volunteer Program will be given priority.

Applications for summer 2016 are now being accepted.  Applications must be received by May 1, 2016 to be considered for this summer’s program.





Junior Volunteer (Advanced Program)

After one summer of successful participation in JZC, teens can apply to participate in the year long Junior Volunteer Program.  The Zoo’s Junior Volunteer Program is designed specifically for high school students who have a passion for wildlife and the environment and wish to explore careers paths in environmental education, horticulture, and animal care.  Spaces within the Junior Volunteer Program are limited.

Additional information and the program application available spring 2016.