Are you a high school student interested in careers in zoos or aquariums? Gain a better understanding of the field by applying for a Job Shadow opportunity at the OKC Zoo!
The job shadowing program is only available Monday – Friday from September - November.
Job shadowing experiences are available on a first-come, first-served basis and are dependent on Zoo staff availability.
The job shadowing experience is a hands-on experience, so participants should be prepared to work, not just observe.
Shadow experiences are 1 day in length. The experience begins at 8am and ends at 5pm. There is a lunch break from 12-1pm.
Participants are limited to a single shadowing experience.
Only one student is allowed per area.
Parents and non-participants cannot accompany their student during the experience.
Participants should bring their lunch or lunch money and a pair of work gloves.
Participants must be high school students in grades 9-12 and least 14 years old. Juniors and seniors may be given preference.
Request form below must be submitted at least one month in advance of the dates requested.
Participants must provide proof of a recent negative tuberculosis (TB) test. (less than 1 month)
The parent/guardian of the participant must sign a waiver of liability and provide an emergency contact.
Participants must follow the dress code. Job Shadow Dress Code
What will I do on a job shadow experience?
Every day at the Zoo is different, so each job shadow experience is unique! You will be assigned to a specific area for an entire day (8am-5pm) to experience the daily routine of the staff.
In Animal areas, you may be able to participate in tasks, such as helping prepare animal diets, assisting with exhibit cleaning, and preparing enrichment projects for the animals.
In the Horticulture department, you will learn about how the Zoo cares for the variety of plants within the Zoo and our greenhouses.
In the Conservation Education department, you will learn about how the Zoo uses our animal ambassadors and biofacts to share our love of nature with people of all ages.
If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.