you always wanted to work in a zoo? Would you like to do something "wild" next year? The Zoo Teen Program
at the Indianapolis Zoo is an exciting
way for students ages 14* to 18 to explore career opportunities,
meet new friends, gain customer service skills and much more!
We seek responsible, reliable, enthusiastic students interested in
learning about animals, who can interact with Zoo guests and be role models
for their peers. Students of all academic levels will be considered
for the program.
*Candidates must be 14 years old by the application deadline, no
deadline to apply for the 2013 Zoo Teen Program has passed.
Please check back in November for information
on how to apply on the 2014 program.
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Significant Dates and mark your calendars!
Two Open House sessions will be held in early January for
applicants and their parents to become more familiar with the
Zoo Teen Program. Group interviews can be scheduled at that time
and will be conducted in late January. An orientation session
will be held in February for those students selected for the
program and their parents. Candidates will also receive required
training during evenings or weekends throughout February and
Hours Requirements: Zoo
Teens must volunteer four hours per month from April to May and from September
through December, at least one special event in the fall, and one
day per week (the same day each week) throughout the
summer. Consistent attendance is required for all Zoo Teen
assignments. Teens must call in if they are unable to report to their
assignment. In addition, results from a current TB Test (administered less
than one year ago) will be required before the candidate may participate in
the Zoo Teen program.
Teens must follow uniform guidelines — wear a provided Zoo uniform shirt
tucked in, khaki pants or shorts, with close-toed shoes. No facial
piercings are allowed, and only two piercings per ear are permitted.
Additional program guidelines will be reviewed at the Teen/Parent
The Zoo Teen Program can further students’ interests, help them to explore
career goals, and develop interaction skills in a professional zoological
environment. These skills will also apply to any other work
environment. This is a unique opportunity for Central Indiana students
to work on the wild side in the unmatched setting of the incredible
For more information, contact Adam Garrett in the Indianapolis Zoo Office
of Volunteer Services at 317-630-2041 or