Zoo Teens (ages 14-17)

2023 Zoo Teen Applications are now available!

Columbian Park Zoo's Zoo Teen program is designed for students 14-17 years of age who have a desire to explore animal-related careers, including zookeeping, conservation and wildlife education.

This structured volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity to build a variety of transferable job skills such as customer service, time management, professional conduct, leadership and more.

Teens with an interest in any career field are encouraged to apply.  Those with a particular interest in animal-related careers will especially benefit from this program through multiyear participation.

Zoo Teen Eligibility:

A Zoo Teen Candidate will be:

  • 14-17 years of age on June 1 of the year of application
  • Trustworthy, reliable and responsible
  • Able to accept supervision of adults and ask for assistance when needed
  • Courteous to his/her peers, the general public, volunteers and staff
  • Willing to learn new skills and get his/her hands dirty
  • Willing to engage with others through public speaking and visitor interactions
  • Able to share the Zoo's wildlife conservation and education messages with enthusiasm
  • Able to present a neat and well-groomed appearance
  • Comfortable working with patrons of all ages and backgrounds
  • Able to demonstrate a positive attitude at all times
  • Supportive of Columbian Park Zoo's mission

How To Apply:

New for 2023 the Zoo Teen application is now online!

Prior to applying, please review the 2023 Zoo Teen Information Packet to learn more about the Zoo Teen Program and its requirements.

2023 Zoo Teen Information Packet

Ready to apply?

Click below to apply for the 2023 Zoo Teen Program. 

2023 Zoo Teen Application

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 10th, 2023.  All application components must be received by the deadline in order to be considered for the program.

Contact the Zoo Teen Coordinator:

  • Phone:  (765) 807-1558
  • Email:     zooteen@lafayette.in.gov

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