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So you want to be a Junior Zookeeper?
Transcript of So you want to be a Junior Zookeeper?
Must be 11 or 12 years old by first date of session
Must commit to the same 4.5 hour shift every week for the entirety of ~10 week session
Must be willing to complete all tasks, even when it means getting dirty!
Clean stalls, monitor goat yard, feed animals, and interact with visitors within the Children's Zoo
Junior Zookeepers work with all of our farmyard animals, including cows, pigs, goats, and ducks!
As a JZ, you learn about customer service, responsibility, and hard work
Parties & Awards
Every week we tour behind-the-scenes areas, like the chimpanzee or tiger building, where we talk to the keepers and learn about the animals. Or some weeks we will make animal enrichment
Each volunteer will be evaluated during their session and will be given advice on how to improve for the last few weeks of their session.
We have end-of-session parties during the last week, where each child receives a gift and a certificate of their hours. There's usually tasty treats involved too!
*Each volunteer may participate in only one session per year.
May 5, 2017
August 20, 2017
September 17-November 20, 2017
The next step in the process is for us to interview you! Sign up for an interview with the Youth Volunteer Coordinators at:
After interviews, we will contact all applicants to let them know whether they were accepted or not. Those that are accepted into the program will get more information on their session and requirements.
Even though we are not able to accept every applicant into our programs, we greatly appreciate your desire to volunteer at the Dallas Zoo! If you have any questions, be sure to contact us at youthvolunteers@
Each Junior Zookeeper is assigned to one area at the beginning of their shift and work directly with the staff member in that area. They may be sent to do a task on their own, but will never be without staff supervision for more than a few minutes. The majority of tasks are completed within view of the public.
For part of your interview, we would like you to prepare a 2-minute speech on your favorite animal and be able to talk a bit about one of the following topics:
Accepted applicants will be expected to attend training and submit the following:
Program fee ($60)
TB test results
Minor release waiver
Youth Volunteer Coordinators, Courtney and Ben, sign JZs in and out every day and visit areas periodically to check up on each participant. They are also the point person for any zoo or family emergencies that may occur.