Teen Volunteer Opportunities

             

ZooTeens!

2017 Applications are now available! Deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.

First time applying? Click here to access the First Year application.

Returning to the program? Click here to access the Second through Fourth Years application.

Be advised, all applications must be completed in one session.

ZooTeens! is a specialized program for teens between the ages of 13 (if they have completed the 8th grade) and 17 years old. This program has an extensive application process and higher level of commitment than our Special Event Teen program. (Please see below if interested in volunteering as a Special Event Teen). Entry into this program is based on the teen's application (including essay questions), letter of recommendation, teacher evaluation, and interviews.

ZooTeens! is a year-round program but teens can choose to specialize in one of two tracks over the summer: as a conservation specialist and/or as a summer camp counselor. Conservation specialists educate Zoo guests about conservation and ways they can help wildlife at home. Summer camp counselors engage with children attending summer camp using crafts and activities and assist with the campers in the Zoo.

ZooTeens! is a competitive and elite program; not all teens will be accepted. If accepted into this program a ZooTeen! will enjoy the following:

•Build your resume 
•Earn community service hours for school 
Share your love for animals with Zoo guests 
•Learn about local and worldwide conservation 
•Assist with summer camp
•Form friendships with teens who love the Zoo too
•Make memories that will last a lifetime 
•Explore animal and conservation related careers 
•Enjoy one overnight afterdark program inside the Zoo
•Go behind the scenes at the Zoo
End of the summer party and awards ceremony

*For an additional fee we typically plan an overnight trip (1-2 nights) to visit another AZA Zoo and/or Aquarium.

Questions?

Volunteer Engagement Department 
 zooteen@jacksonvillezoo.org
904-757-4463 ext. 176

 


 

Special Event Teen Volunteer

Special Event Teen Volunteers have a minimum commitment of 4 hours per month with no additional requirements during the summer. If you don't have the time to commit this year to the ZooTeens! Program or you simply enjoy helping more with events, this might be a better fit for you!

How to Become a Special Event Teen Volunteer

STEP 1:
Complete an online application.

STEP 2:
Please allow up to two weeks for your application to be processed and to be contacted for an interview. If you would like to be contacted prior to that time, please email volunteer@jacksonvillezoo.org to schedule an interview.

STEP 3:
Join us for a fun and informative volunteer orientation session. Orientations are scheduled monthly and are a great way to meet other volunteers and get all of the information you need to have a safe, fun and rewarding experience while volunteering at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens!

STEP 4:
After attending orientation, you will be given information on paying the volunteer fee. There will be a $15 fee for special even teens. In addition, make sure that you have signed and turned in all required paperwork.

Questions?

Volunteer Engagement Department
volunteer@jacksonvillezoo.org
904-757-4463 ext. 176