Accepting teen volunteer applications for the Phoenix Zoo


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Wed Mar 01, 2017 - Wed May 31, 2017


455 North Galvin ParkwayPhoenix, AZ 85008


Greetings from the Phoenix Zoo! Applications for the 2017-2018 ZooTeen year are now open. The Phoenix Zoo is looking for dedicated teens to join our ranks as wildlife leaders. The ZooTeen program is an eight-month values-based leadership program for teens 14 through 17 years of age . We are currently accepting applications and reference forms now through May 31 for teens who are interested in animals, nature, and conservation. Whether you’re looking to get your hands dirty doing husbandry on farm or helping to educate guests as a trail teen, being a ZooTeen is a very rewarding experience. Some of our ZooTeens share their favorite memories:

" My most memorable moment was when we were able to witness the zookeepers guiding the Giraffes into their barn after a long day out. It was memorable because of the proximity we were able to have with such large majestic animals ." - Erik, ZooTeen Volunteer

" One of the most memorable moments I had in the Zoo was back at farm. We had finished husbandry and were making behavioral enrichment toys for our donkey and mini-horse. We took two cardboard boxes and stuffed each one with hay, then folded the boxes back up. The intention was that they'd have to unfold the box to get to their food. When we tossed it in, they elicited a completely different reaction than we expected them to. Our mini-horse couldn't figure out how to open it, so the box was completely left alone with all the hay in it while our donkey just chose to shove his snout in and draw hay out in that manner. It shocked both the ZooTeens and the guests, and it just goes to show how differently animals may react than humans to the same objects ." - Emily, ZooTeen Volunteer

" For me, any moment is memorable when I have a successful interaction with a child that is (or at least seems to be) engaged with what I am speaking about. I wanted to be on Trail because I've been historically terrible with kids and I've gotten much better just by signing up for shifts. Moreso, it is really inspiring for me when a child is engaged because that means not only did I say something that caught their attention and held their interest (which, for young kids, is a feat on its own), but it may have inspired them to do something, or at least make them think enough to tell their parents something cool they learned that day. Even a small interaction like that is meaningful to me, as I feel that often times people find it much easier to stay uninformed and never take a stance or act on anything, so even a random fact a child decided to tell their parents is one step more than not moving at all. " - Ava, ZooTeen Volunteer

If you are interested in a volunteer experience that prepares you with unlimited animal knowledge, career exploration, and confidence, we encourage you to apply!

Applicants are required to submit an online application form and reference recommendation forms. Please visit our website with instructions on how to apply:


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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 14
  • Orientation or Training
  • 40 - 64 Hours in 8 months

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