The 2023 Zoo Teen Application season is now CLOSED.
To be added to our interest list for the 2024 Zoo Teen season, please email us at email@example.com to receive updates when registration becomes available early next year.
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
The application for the 2024 Zoo Teen Program will be made available here in January. Check back for your opportunity to apply!
Contact the Zoo Teen Coordinator:
Phone: (765) 807-1558
Zoo Teen Sponsorships:
Are you or your business interested in sponsoring our teens this summer? We can't do what we do without the amazing support of our community, and would love to discuss sponsorship opportunities with you! Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Thank you for helping us keep costs low for participants while we help prepare them for their future!