Zoo Crew (ages 13-17)

Zoo Crew is an educational program for ages 13-17 that provides a hands-on experience with animal care, conservation education, and zoo operations. Teens learn how to handle and care for animals, work alongside zookeepers, and teach zoo visitors about wildlife and conservation issues. The teens we select for this program must show desire to interact with and talk to the public, take direction well, and work hard.

Participation Requirements

  • Zoo Crew runs for 10 weeks. Participants must be available to attend:
    • *One evening orientation with a parent/guardian (dates TBA).
    • *One morning or afternoon shift during the first week (June 18-21) for an in-depth orientation.
    • *One morning or afternoon shift for at least 6 other weeks during the summer (you may choose which weeks).
  • Shifts are available Monday-Thursday. You may choose a morning shift (9 a.m.-12 noon) or an afternoon shift (1-4 p.m.) each week. You do not have to come for the same shift every week.
  • Choosing to participate more frequently (8-10 weeks, full days, or multiple shifts each week) is an option and depends on space availability during any given week.
  • The fee for participation in this program is $100 plus $10 for a t-shirt. The fee includes daily supervision, training, educational workshops, behind-the-scenes experiences, program supplies, name tag, and more.

Check out this slide show to see what Zoo Crew is all about!

FAQs about Zoo Crew

The Zoo Crew 2018 application will be available in early March. The deadline to apply will be May 1, 2018.

Looking for a shorter time commitment? Check out our Zookeeper Job Shadowing Program.