Teen Volunteers

The application deadline has passed. All applicants will be notified of their status after March 31.

What is the Teens for Nature Program?

Teens for Nature is a leadership program and an exciting way for students to develop leadership and teamwork skills while exploring the zoo. Teens will learn, grow, make new friends, and have fun!

Who can apply?

To apply for Teens for Nature, you must:

Be 13 to 17 years old by June 1, 2018

Have the desire and ability to work with people of all ages

Have an interest in animals and the environment

Be courteous and helpful to zoo guests

Be able to understand and follow instructions

Commit to being in attendance on the days you are assigned, completing training sessions, and following the program’s code of conduct

Download and read theTeens for Nature Volunteer Position Description to learn the full details of the functions performed, education and experience criteria and the knowledge, skills and abilities required to become a Teens for Nature Volunteer.  The cost of this program is $59. Thank you for your interest in becoming a part of the Teens for Nature Program!

What will we do?

Teens for Nature members make a commitment to work Monday through Friday for two consecutive weeks during the summer. You can mark your position preference on your application.

Teens help in four main areas:

Teen Counselor

Explore the whole zoo as you assist at our popular Kids for Nature Summer Camp. Hours are Monday-Friday 8 AM – 4 PM for two consecutive weeks.

Teen Zookeeper

Assist keepers with daily tasks like cleaning public areas and animal holding areas. Hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM for two consecutive weeks.
Note: You must be returning for your 3rd, 4th, or 5th year to be a Teen Zookeeper.

Zoo Crew

Make connections with zoo guests of all ages by sharing fun activities and biofacts. Hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM – 4 PM for two consecutive weeks.

Conservation Crew

Participate in a project that promotes conservation awareness! Past projects have included constructing bat houses, building a butterfly garden, monitoring stream water quality, and producing a special event. Hours are Monday-Friday 9 AM- 4 PM for two consecutive weeks.


Thank you to our Teens for Nature 2018 sponsors:

Want more information?

Contact the Volunteer Office at 260-427-6828 or volunteer@kidszoo.org

Current Teens for Nature Volunteers: Click here to log in to our online scheduling system