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Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Youth Volunteer Opportunities

Started in 1991, the San Antonio ZooTEAM became the first youth volunteer program at the San Antonio Zoo, and we’ve had a lot of fun ever since. Teens applying must have a drive to learn and the ability to share with the public information on the plants and animals in the Zoo. They should be comfortable working as a team and be looking for an opportunity to display leadership.

First year ZooTEAM do not handle animals.

San Antonio Zoo Teen Volunteers must:

  • Be at least 14 years of age or older
  • Complete online application
  • Be interviewed
  • Be mature and maintain a professional attitude while representing the Zoo
  • Attend mandatory orientation(s)
  • Be interested in learning about animals and conservation
  • Agree to read and abide by the policies listed in the Volunteer handbook
  • Maintain a customer friendly attitude
  • Keep an accurate record of volunteer hours
  • Sign a parental consent form
  • Report on time for volunteer service
  • Must participate in ether Summer Naturalist or Summer Camp Youth Volunteer programs.
  • Wear a designated uniform and nametag while volunteering on Zoo property
  • Notify Volunteer Services, in writing, of any change in volunteer status

In order to be considered, you must have a complete online application form and, once interviewed, you must complete a parental consent form.


ZooTEAM is a year-round teen volunteer program. Applicants must have volunteered for Summer Naturalist or Summer Camp to be considered for ZooTEAM. Volunteers are interested in increasing their knowledge of zoo animals and conservation. Volunteer opportunities are scheduled on weekends and teenagers pick from a list of scheduled opportunities. Throughout the year, volunteers help out with special events such as Zoo Run and Zoo Boo. ZooTEAM volunteers work with the Education Center to: educate zoo visitors, assist with craft and activity tables in the Zoo, assist with office work, help direct and answer general guest questions and assist the zoo with service projects that become available. All ZooTEAM volunteers must commit to one-year of service and volunteer at least 6 hours per month. ZooTEAM are eligible to work as either Summer Naturalist or Summer Camp Volunteers during the summer.

First year ZooTEAM do not handle animals. In order to be considered, you must have completed the entire online application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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Summer Naturalist

Are you a teen interested in a conservation career? Do you love being outdoors, learning about animals, and protecting the environment? Join the San Antonio Zoo and become empowered to make a difference in the world by participating in the Summer Naturalist program! As a Summer Naturalist volunteer, you will team up with like-minded teens that are passionate about conservation. College interns will act as mentors and guide you in presenting conservation messages to Zoo guests. Teens will have the opportunity to interact directly with guests as they introduce topics about endangered species, conservation efforts, and more! This position is modeled after a traditional job setting, and applicants should be prepared to be treated as an employee. Successful applicants should have a desire to gain experience working in a Zoo environment, speak directly with the public, have knowledge of or are interested in learning about conservation efforts, and attend all training and orientation sessions. Summer Naturalists agree to work 60 cumulative hours during the summer, on Thursday – Sunday from 10am-3pm. Applications must be received no later than April 27, 2015.

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Summer Camp Team Assistant Volunteers

Summer Camp volunteers assist the Education Department with the summer camp programs for children 4-13 years of age. Camp volunteers help by facilitating crafts, preparing and cleaning up classrooms and helping instructors tour the campers in the Zoo. Summer Camp Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.  Volunteers must commit to volunteer for at least two whole weeks everyday, Monday-Friday. Applications must be received no later than April 27, 2015.

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