Zoo Teen Volunteer Program

Zoo Teen Volunteer Program

The Maryland Zoo’s teen volunteers are passionate about the environment, conservation, and animals. Zoo Teens have the opportunity to volunteer as educators, Conservation Crew members, directional guides and more! Volunteers begin on one of the following two tracks:

Guest Track:

Volunteers on the Guest Track will start off as Zoo Guides providing directional support and services to Zoo visitors. From there, volunteers may have the opportunity to advance into education and/or event support positions depending on availability and skill set.

Conservation Track:

Volunteers on the Conservation Track will be trained to support one to two of our three conservation teams:

  • Research: Our current primary research assignment is monitoring Eastern box turtles in Druid Hill Park. Volunteers on this team will help Zoo staff with other research projects as they arise.
  • Sustainability: Volunteers on this team manage the Zoo’s vegetable garden and compost system. They also facilitate and promote green initiatives and events at the Zoo.
  • Education: Conservation educators support the Zoo’s “Wild About Animals” days, Citizen Science programs, and other public programs.

Requirements for Zoo Teen volunteers:

  • 14-17 years old (by June) and entering 8th-12th grade in fall.
  • Available to attend a 3-day mandatory training session at the start of the summer.
  • Available to volunteer six to eight hours per month, year-round
  • A teen-owned email address (not a parent’s)
  • Ability to work on a team and independently
  • Willingness to work in all weather conditions
  • A passion for wildlife and wild places!

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Please complete the following form if you are interested in becoming a Maryland Zoo volunteer and wish to be contacted once opportunities become available.

    Teen First Name
    Teen Last Name
    Teen Email
    Parent/Guardian First Name
    Parent/Guardian Last Name
    Parent/Guardian Email

    You are a resident of:

    School Name
    Current Grade

    Which types of teen volunteering opportunities are you interested in?

    (check all that apply)

    How did you hear about teen volunteering at the Zoo?

    What skills do you hope to gain by volunteering at the Zoo?

    What skills would you bring to the Zoo as a volunteer?

    What extracurricular activities or outside commitments are you involved in during the school year?

    How would you get to the Zoo as a volunteer?

    If other, please explain:

    Do you have reliable access to internet and email? (Answer will not impact eligibility)

    Please be advised that we no longer offer summer-only volunteer opportunities. Also, note that animal contact positions are extremely limited and open only to Zoo Teens who have volunteered with us for one year or more.

    Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteers@marylandzoo.org or call 443-552-5266. You can contact our Zoo Teen Leaders directly at teenleadershipcouncil@marylandzoo.org.