Join Our Zoo Team - Teen Volunteer Program!

2021 Website Flyer

What it is all about

An exciting way for students, age 14* to 18 years, to increase their leadership skills, as well as explore the possibilities of careers in zoo and aquarium sciences.  This program will further students’ interests, explore career goals, and develop interpretive skills in a professional zoological environment.

The job skills and work ethic developed will also apply to many other work environments.  This unique opportunity for North Texas & Southern Oklahoma students is a one of a kind opportunity!  Program is limited to just 20 teen volunteers each summer.

Frank Buck Zoo seeks positive, responsible, enthusiastic students with an interest in learning about the natural world, while enhancing their professional skills though public speaking, interpersonal skills, interpretation, and problem solving.  Zoo Team Teen positions are volunteer positions and are therefore unpaid, however the experience gained is immeasurable.

Dedicated Zoo Team members will be trained to:

  • Use bio-facts (skulls, antlers, horns, pelts, etc.) to assist zoo visitors in learning more about the zoo's animal collection through interpretation. 
  • Handle small animal ambassadors that are part of educational programs. 
  • Assist Summer Program staff and college interns by assisting in Summer Safari Day Camps. 
  • Arrange and create behavioral enrichment for the animals. 
  • Establish a mentoring relationship with Animal Care staff and assist Animal Care staff with cleaning and special projects. 
  • Be involved with special events.

A $100 activity fee is required for this program and includes a t-shirt, training manual, certificate, and so much more. This is a great addition to any college application!

For summer 2021, we will attempt to take multiple field trips to area wildlife facilities. However, it may be required for volunteers to drive themselves (or get a ride from a trusted family member) to these field trip locations. Field trips will be decided upon by May 1, 2021.

Before applying, students with a heavy schedule of spring and summer activities such as summer school, sports, camps, long vacations, jobs, etc. should consider whether or not they have the time to commit to the trainings and the program. 

Application Period:

Applications open 1/13/2021 through 5/1/2021.

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