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Zoo Crew!

Zoo Crew is the Cameron Park Zoo’s Teen Volunteer program where students 14-17 years old can gain hands on experience in the zoo world. Must be 14 years old by June 1st.

All Zoo Crew will assist with our summer camp program and guest engagement projects. Second and Third years will have an opportunity to work closely with keeper staff in designated areas. This program is a great way to see what the zoo is all about, and different career paths they can take within a zoo setting.

This program is very competitive and every summer we only admit 35 teens into the program. We are looking for motivated, independent teens who are passionate about Cameron Park Zoo and wildlife.

How to Apply:

  • Requirements:
    • Applications are now closed
      • Application due April 8th, 2022 at 5:00pm
    • Upload a current photo of the student
    • Two letters of recommendations from someone who is not a relative. Sent to Education@cameronparkzoo.com
    • $45 program fee for first year and $35 for returning zoo crew
  • EVERYONE will complete an essay
    • First year student prompt: “Why do zoos matter?”
    • Returning Zoo Crew prompt: “What have you gained from the Zoo Crew program?”
  • Once complete applications are in someone will call to you to sign up for a 30-minute interview slot

Zoo Crew Dates:

Once selected the teens will be able to volunteer from June to December, but the teens have to hit 80 hours during the months of June and/or July. During the program teens will have to commit at least two weeks of the summer Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm. *We are no longer offering a half day option for Zoo Crew

Mandatory Parent Meeting May 10th 2022 6pm to 7pm (no exceptions or accommodations)

At least one parent or guardian must attend this meeting without the Zoo Crew. If a parent or guardian cannot attend the Zoo Crew will not be permitted into the program. During the meeting we will go over the rules of Zoo Crew, give important dates, take in all paperwork for the program, and go over any questions or concerns.

Mandatory Over Night Training 6:00pm May 13th– 2:00pm May 14th 2022 (no exceptions or accommodations)

During the training Zoo Crew will learn all about the zoo protocols, how to engage with guests, and how to set up and implement that year’s camp activities. Students will be provided with dinner, breakfast, and lunch.

FAQ

What if the Zoo Crew applicant cannot attend the mandatory overnight?

Unfortunately, there are no exceptions or make up dates for the training. This is a unique experience where teens will learn what they need for the summer and get to know each other so they cannot miss out.

Can I pick up my student from the mandatory overnight training early?

This is a mandatory training that is packed full of activities so there are no options to leave early, because they will miss out on something. Also, no exceptions for returning Zoo Crew either.