Teen Volunteer Opportunities

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!

Requirements for Zoo Teen volunteers:

  • 14-17 years old (by June 22nd 2020) and entering 8th-12th grade in fall of 2020.
  • Available to attend a one week mandatory training at the start of the summer*
  • Available to volunteer regularly in July and August
  • Ability to volunteer eight hours per month during the school year
  • 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!

*We will offer more than one training week option in an effort to accommodate work and/or travel schedules.

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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.


Interested in teen volunteering opportunities?

Please complete the following form to learn more about the Zoo’s teen volunteer program and receive updates about volunteer opportunities that match your interests. Please note that this is not an application.












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)


Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteers@marylandzoo.org or call 443-552-5266.