Zoo Crew Volunteer Program 

Zoo Crew is a unique opportunity for teens to experience the exciting world at the Children’s Zoo.

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

  • Assist Zoo Camp instructors with daily crafts and activities
  • Help to clean up and set up Zoo Camps.

Horticulture/Grounds Maintenance

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

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 service
    • Please see your school for requirements and needed paperwork
  • Learn what it is like to work in various areas of the zoo, and see if there is a future in a zoo for you
  • 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 2014 Application (PDF)