Teen Volunteers

Find the Career for You

Are you a teen wanting to learn more about zoo or garden related careers while gaining life skills and hands-on experience for your résumé?  Our Junior Curator Teens are a specially selected group of students who assist our Zoo staff with their daily routines to gain a better understanding of careers and conservation.

The application period for the 2022-2023 program has passed.  Please check back in March 2023 for information about the 2023-2024 program.


Our Junior Curators (JCs) have an opportunity to assist Zoo staff with animal and plant care and help educate our guests about conservation and wildlife.


  • Complete orientation and training.
  • Commit to 80 hours of service in specific areas between Oct - Aug.
  • Attend at least 5 monthly meetings.


  • Must be 14-17 years old. (The deadline for the age range is August 1.)
  • Applicants must complete an application form and be approved through an interview process.
  • Purchase a uniform shirt for $15.
  • Provide proof of a negative TB test.
  • Provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19.
  • Adhere to masking policies for Zoo staff.
  • Ability to independently understand and follow directions.
  • Strong sensory skills, including eyesight and hearing.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team.
  • Good oral communication skills. 
  • Ability to walk, stand, and sit for up to four hour increments at a time.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, and kneel.
  • Ability to independently push, lift, and carry objects weighing more than 10lbs.
  • Hand dexterity to use kitchen knives and small tools.
  • Ability to tolerate extreme weather conditions.
  • Ability to maintain a calm manner around animals.
  • May be exposed to potential allergens, loud noise conditions, and strong odors.

Additional Information

  • Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions about our Junior Curator program.
  • The OKC Zoo is not designated as a 501(c)(3).
  • Please contact mkesler@okczoo.org with any additional questions.
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