Junior Zoo Crew 2022

Junior Zoo Crew is an education program where selected teens spend summer interacting with the public, helping with special events, and assisting in the Children's Zoo by feeding and cleaning animals. Applicants MUST be at least age 14 by May 30th, and no older than age 17 on July 15th in the year they apply.

*Applications for 2022 are now closed*

Session One Shifts: June 8 - July 15 FULL
Session Two Shifts: July 16 - August 19  FULL

Each year, applicants must:
  • Submit an online application
  • Submit a letter of recommendation*
  • Pass a City of Idaho Falls background check
  • Attend an interview with zoo staff 
*Returning Jr. Zoo Crew members do NOT need to submit a letter of recommendation 

**Acceptance is contingent on a completed medical form to be submitted before training.
Aurora Presenting


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 $60 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 Kathryn Farley in the volunteer department at 208-612-8453 or email [email protected]