Zoo Teen Program

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the Zoo Teen volunteer program has been cancelled for 2020.  Applicants accepted for 2020 are guaranteed a spot in 2021.  New applications for summer 2021 will be available in February 2021.

 

The Zoo Teen program at Potter Park Zoo has two different facets, giving teens age 14 through current high school seniors a great opportunity to explore some of the many career pathways available at a zoo! Sound like fun? Check it out!

Teen Zoo Volunteers

Teen Zoo Volunteers will assist staff with pony rides, the Wings From Down Under exhibit, the contact (goat) yard, and will work with the education staff in the Zookambi summer school program.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 14 years old by April 1
  • Commit to 20 hours of service over the summer
  • Completed application
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher

Junior Zookeeper

After one year as a Teen Zoo Volunteer, teens are eligible to apply to become a Junior Zookeeper. Junior Zookeepers will take their career exploration one step further as they work more closely with the animal care staff. Teens will work with zookeepers and assist them with the daily care of the animals.

Requirements:

  • Must be at least 15 years old by April 1
  • Completed one year of Teen Zoo Volunteer or previous Teen Keeper program
  • Commit to 40 hours of service over the summer
  • Completed application
  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher
  • 500-750 word essay explaining how this program will help you meet your career goals.  Previous participants should reflect on their past experience in the program as well.

Applications for summer 2021 will be available in February.