Columbian Park Zoo's Zoo Teen program is designed for students 14-17 years of age who have a desire to explore animal-related careers, including zookeeping, conservation and wildlife education.
This structured volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity to build a variety of transferable job skills such as customer service, time management, professional conduct, leadership and more.
Teens with an interest in any career field are encouraged to apply. Those with a particular interest in animal-related careers will especially benefit from this program through multiyear participation.
Zoo Teen Eligibility:
A Zoo Teen Candidate will be:
14-17 years of age on June 1 of the year of application
Trustworthy, reliable and responsible
Able to accept supervision of adults and ask for assistance when needed
Courteous to his/her peers, the general public, volunteers and staff
Willing to learn new skills and get his/her hands dirty
Willing to engage with others through public speaking and visitor interactions
Able to share the Zoo's wildlife conservation and education messages with enthusiasm
Able to present a neat and well-groomed appearance
Comfortable working with patrons of all ages and backgrounds
Able to demonstrate a positive attitude at all times
Application materials are available starting in January of each calendar year and can be found on this page. To be considered for the Zoo Teen Program, complete application packets must be submitted by the posted deadline. All application materials must be submitted together including an application form, essay and 2 teacher recommendations. Late or incomplete applications will not be considered. The Zoo Teen program is competitive.