How To Start Volunteering - ZooTeens


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Not sure if you are ready for a big commitment? No problem! Our short-term volunteers assist with the Zoo’s special events. There is no yearly time commitment and you don't need to attend an informational meeting.

Step 1: Apply Online

Get 2014 ZooTeen application here

The application for summer 2014 will be only be available January 15 – March 20, 2014.

Step 2: Sign Up for an Informational Meeting 

Upon submitting your application, you will receive a welcome email inviting you and your guardians to attend a ZooTeen Orientation held in February and March.  At the orientation, you will learn more about the program from staff and current ZooTeens.


Step 3: Select an Interview Date

ZooTeen interviews take place in February and March. Upon receiving the online application and reference letter, the Volunteer Office will contact applicants to schedule an interview. See the ZooTeen Timeline to learn more about the application process.


Step 4: Acceptance Letter

In April, applicants accepted into the program will receive a packet of essential documents in the mail.


Step 5: Sign Up for Training Dates

ZooTeens must attend two days of training (one day in May and one day in June).

2014 ZooTeen Training Schedule

Part 1: May 31, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Part 2: June 7, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Note: This training does not cover all special events. Some special events require a specific orientation in order to volunteer. 


Step 6: Submit Tuition

The ZooTeen program requires an $80 annual tuition to cover training, uniform, materials, and staff supervision. This will be collected at the May training.

Check out the volunteer benefits you receive.

Financial assistance is available for volunteers experiencing financial hardship.


Step 7: Start Volunteering!

At the June training you will sign up for the three weeks of Summer Zoo Camp you would like to attend. Have the dates you would like to volunteer ready.  2014 Summer Zoo Camp runs 6/16/14 - 8/22/2014. 


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