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 Teen Volunteers 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.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to accept new applications for the 2021-2022 Junior Curator season.  Please be sure to check back in Spring 2022 for information about volunteer opportunities.


Our Junior Curator Teen Volunteers have an opportunity to work side-by-side with Zoo staff to explore a variety of careers within a zoo and botanical garden setting.  Our Junior Curators (JCs) have an opportunity to assist Zoo staff with animal and plant care and assisting our Zoo guests at special events.


  • Complete orientation and training.
  • Commit to 110 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.
  • Pass a drug screening.
  • Purchase a uniform shirt for $15.
  • Provide proof of a negative TB test.
  • 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.

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