Blank Park Zoo
Blank Park Zoo

Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Nov 26, Dec 24, 25 & Jan 1

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Open Daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Nov 26, Dec 24, 25 & Jan 1

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Zoo Crew

2021 Zoo Crew

(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!


How do I get started?

Check back on January 1st for 2021 applications! 


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 or call at 515-974-2543.

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