Support the Zoo

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 2015 have now closed.  Please check back in January of 2016 for the next opportunity to join this exciting Zoo program. 




Junior Volunteer (Advanced Program)

After one summer of successful participation in JZC, teens can apply to one of several Junior Volunteer roles.  Junior Volunteer roles include:  Junior Interpreter, assisting with the education of zoo guests; Junior Gardener; assisting with the maintenance of zoo grounds; and Junior Keeper, assisting with the daily routine of animal care.  Junior Interpreter and Junior Keeper positions continue throughout the year. Spaces within each role are limited.



Junior Zoo Camp Assistant-in-Training (Advanced Program)

After one summer of successful participation in JZC, teens can apply to be a Zoo Camp Assistant-in-Training (Zoo CAT), committing to one full week of summer supporting the Zoo Camp counselors.  Zoo CATS assist camp staff to offer an exciting and fun learning opportunity to children grades 2 to 8.