ZooTeen Volunteer Program

ZooTeens focus on education for Zoo Boise visitors and gain experience with teaching, leadership, and public speaking. They learn about animals and share our wildlife conservation mission. 

We are no longer accepting ZooTeen applications for 2014.

Please review the ZooTeen FAQs

Assist with summer camps for children, provide informal educational presentations for zoo visitors, assist in the operation of seasonal exhibits, and help with daily maintenance of the Simplot Education Center.

Time Commitment:
Weekly 4-hour shift (9:15am - 1:15pm or 1:00pm - 5:00pm); minimum 40 service hours within June, July, and August.  ZooTeens assisting with camp will volunteer from 8:00-5:00.

An initial two-day training and orientation is required by those accepted into the ZooTeen Program. New teens are required to attend training in June.
$50.00 for training, manual, and uniform t-shirt (non-refundable).

Age Requirement:
Ages 13 (entering 8th grade the following fall) to 18 (entering 12th grade).

A Note to Parents & Guardians
The ZooTeen Volunteer Program at Zoo Boise provides a fun and educational activity for your teen. We make every effort to maintain a quality program which also requires assistance from you. We emphasize to the student that they are making a commitment to Zoo Boise and it requires your support for them to fulfill their commitment . Please encourage your teen to take the application and interview seriously as it will assist Zoo Boise in selecting applicants.

2014 ZooTeen Calendar
Jan 15
Applications Available (online)  
Mar 6
ZooTeen Preview Hour for teen & parent/guardian
(choose one)
Mar 13 ZooTeen Preview Hour for teen & parent/guardian
(choose one)
Mar 15
ZooTeen Preview Hour for teen & parent/guardian
(choose one)
 9:00-10:00 am
March15 Application due by 5:00pm  includes all paper work
April 2-26 
May1 Notification of acceptance  
June 6
Training/Orientation  9:00-4:30 Returning Teens Only
June 9 and 10
Training Orientaion  9:00-4:30 New Teens Only
(Both days are mandatory)
June 11
Vounteer shifts begin  
Sept 1              
Last day of Zoo Teen Program  

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