Junior Zoo Crew is an education program where selected members spend the summer interacting with the public, helping with special events, and assisting in the Children's Zoo by feeding and cleaning animals. In order to be considered for one o the sessions, applicants must be at least 14 by May 30, and no older than 17 years on July 15 in the year they apply.
(Subject to change when program resumes in 2021)
(First-year applicants are only able to participate in one session)
Session One: May 30th-July 15th
Session Two: July 16th-August 30th
Each year, applicants must submit an application and letter of recommendation by April 1, pass a city background check, and attend an interview with zoo staff. Acceptance is contingent on a completed medical form to be submitted before training.
Applications will be available online when program resumes.
Photo: Megan Donovan
Only a select number of applicants are chosen (this is a very competitive program). Those selected teens must attend a mandatory training session and a parent or guardian is also required to attend. Throughout the summer, participants are required to attend continuing education classes about animal handling and conservation and complete a project which they will present to the public.
Let's Get to Work
Junior Zoo Crew work an average of two to three shifts per week, each shift is 3-5 hours long depending on the type of work (typically 8-15 hours per week).
Costs & Benefits
The cost of the Junior Zoo Crew program per session is $50 for Tautphaus Park Zoological Society (TPZS) members and $75 for nonmembers.
Price includes one T-shirt, all the training you'll receive, and access to a program manual.
All fees are nonrefundable.
You'll get admission to the zoo for you (not for your family unless you have a family TPZS membership) during your time as a Junior Zoo Crew member.
Contact Emily Smith in the volunteer department at 208-612-8453 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.