Zoo Crew Volunteer Program

Zoo Crew is a unique opportunity for teens to experience the exciting world at the Children’s Zoo! Spend your summer out in the sunshine while having fun, learning new things, and making friends! You'll gain valuable work experience that will carry with you on your resume as you apply for colleges and future employment. 

Zoo Crew Service Areas

Animal Sections

  • Assist a Zookeeper with cleaning and maintaining animal exhibits
  • Help to prepare and distributing animal diets
  • Help to create animal enrichment projects

Zoo Visitor Services

  • Provide visitors with the opportunity to have their face painted or feed an animal
  • Assist with tasks to keep the Zoo clean and running smoothly

Exhibits / Education

  • Assist in greeting and educating our visitors in the Kangaroo Walkabout
  • Help visitors offer a treat to the cockatiels in the Walk-through Aviary
  • Assist in the Animal Stars reptile building
  • Help to educate our visitors at a Bio-fact Presentation Station
  • Assist at an amphitheater show

Zoo Camp / "Hatchlings" Toddler Program

  • Assist Zoo Camp or toddler program instructors with daily crafts and activities
  • Help to clean up and set up Zoo Camps or todder programs.

Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance

  • Assist in maintaining the Zoo grounds and gardens by watering, weeding, and maintaining common areas. 

Zoo Crew Leader

  • Returning Zoo Crew will have the opportunity to be Zoo Crew Leaders.
  • This very important position will assist the Zoo Crew Coordinator in running and managing the Zoo Crew program, with such tasks as:
    • Making sure people are showing up for their shifts
    • Making sure each station is properly supplied
    • Making sure people are staying on task
    • Helping new Zoo Crew

Assist with other assigned tasks.

Zoo Crew Face Painting 

Zoo Crew Requirements:

  • Be between ages 13-18
  • Commit to 40 service hours over the course of the program
  • Apply for acceptance into the program with recommendation from two non-related adults
  • Sign a release of liability form (parent and/or guardian)
  • Abide by Zoo policies and procedures
  • Attend a 60-minute volunteer orientation with a parent and/or guardian
  • Report on time for scheduled service areas
  • Wear a designated uniform while on Zoo property
  • Proof of current tetanus vaccine and negative TB test in the last six months

Zoo Crew Benefits:

  • Start building your resume today by learning skills needed for future employment endeavors
          *Learn time management skills       *Participate in group activities

          *Workplace responsibility                *Gain confidence with public presentations

  • Fulfill school requirements for community serviceLearn what it is like to work in various areas of the zoo, and see if there is a future in a zoo for you
    • Please see your school for requirements and needed paperwork
  • Discounts available on food and Zoo Store merchandise while volunteering

Zoo Crew Members Receive:

  • Supervision from assigned Zoo staff member
  • Opportunity to meet and work with students from various schools in the area
  • 2 uniform shirts to wear on Zoo property while working
  • Graduation certificate and celebration


Zoo Crew Application 2016

Please make sure to read the application very carefully.
Deadline is July 1st!