(Between the ages of 13 and 17 only)
This summer, do something rewarding, fun, and different; Volunteer at the Zoo!
Zoo Crew is a special opportunity for youth ages 13-17 to get involved at the Blank Park Zoo!
Ever wondered what it’s like to work at the zoo? Have an interest in Animal Science, Biology, or Education? Then this is the opportunity for you!
Zoo Crew members have the opportunity to volunteer in a variety of areas around the zoo.
Some areas include: assisting Summer Safari camp counselors with preschool campers, providing guests information about the zoo as guest service and exhibit guides, and keeping the zoo beautiful. Zoo Crew volunteers are also encouraged to volunteer during family friendly special events!
Step 1: Fill out an Application and review all Mandatory dates
2020 Application deadline for all NEW Zoo Crew applicants is Sunday, March 1st. Late applications will not be accepted.
Step 2: Schedule a 15 minute interview
Step 3: Attend Orientation
Step 4: Attend one day of training
Mandatory Dates for Zoo Crew 2020:
All Zoo Crew are required to attend the following dates, there are no makeup dates.
Interviews (select one 15 minute time slot): April 4th from 9am to 4pm and April 7th from 4pm to 6pm
1st Year Zoo Crew Orientation: April 26th from 2:00pm to 4:00pm
1st Year Zoo Crew Training Day (must attend one): June 3rd or June 4th from 9:00am to 3:30pm
What are the ages for Zoo Crew?
Zoo Crew volunteers are 13-17 years old. You must be 13 by June 1st in order to apply.
What do I do as a first year Zoo Crew member?
As a first year Zoo Crew member your areas of focus will be education and guest services. You will learn all about our animals and practice conveying that and other information to visitors of the zoo. As a first year Zoo Crew member you will not work directly with animals or the animal care teams.
When do I volunteer?
Zoo Crew is active primarily in June, July, and August; however we will have limited opportunities for you to volunteer during the rest of the year.
Do I have to volunteer a minimum number of hours?
Yes, all new Zoo Crew volunteers must commit for a minimum of 40 hours from June – December.
Do Zoo Crew volunteer hours count towards Silver Cord?
Yes! It is your responsibility to provide the paperwork and keep track of your hours.
Who schedules my hours?
You do! You and your parents sign up for the shifts that fit your schedule best. Remember, once you sign up for a shift you are expected to show up.
How much does it cost?
Zoo Members - $35.00 Non Zoo Members - $40.00
This cost includes a t-shirt, training, and Informational handbook.
*Questions? Please email Erica Carnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 515-974-2543.