Youth Volunteers

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Youth Volunteer Opportunities at the Zoo

San Antonio Zoo’s Wildlife Allies inspire our future generations to LEAP for wildlife. Our youth volunteer program provides meaningful life experiences with opportunities to be leaders, educators, and stewards in the San Antonio community. Wildlife Allies are taught valuable skills in the form of nature interpretation, and public speaking.

Our Wildlife Allies support the zoo’s mission to Love, Engage, Act, and Protect animals and the places they live. Teens, 13-17 years old, who are passionate about conservation, animal care, science, and education will gain practical experience and develop skills in educational interpretation while acting to secure a future for wildlife.

These like-minded teens who are passionate about nature will mentor future generations, inspire guests of all ages, help protect the environment, and participate in community science.

Teen Wildlife Ally at the San Antonio Zoo

Characteristics of volunteers that thrive as Wildlife Allies

  • Passionate about conserving wildlife and the places they live
  • Public speaking roles, or willingness to learn public speaking
  • Public facing roles, with many guest interactions daily
  • Outdoor activities and a variety of weather conditions
  • Opportunities to learn and gain experience for careers in animal care, veterinary science, wildlife conservation, education, or other related fields.

Accommodations and Accessibility

San Antonio Zoo believes anyone can and should be able to become a Wildlife Ally. Teens of all abilities are welcome to join, and all participants will be provided mentoring, training time, and constructive feedback in the program.

Our volunteer experience will include:
  • Adhering to San Antonio Zoo’s policies and procedures
  • Walking over uneven ground
  • Spending several hours at a time outdoors
  • Sticking to a schedule, time management, and task prioritization
  • Keeping a professional and positive attitude while on Zoo property
  • Working together with fellow Wildlife volunteers, Docents (adult volunteers), and Zoo staff
  • Engaging guests respectfully, and kindly
  • Wearing a smile!

Please assist us in providing the best experience for our prospective Wildlife Allies by informing us of any special considerations prior to participating in our program. This may include information on your teen’s allergies, accessibility concerns, behavioral, psychological, or emotional conditions as well as any other special needs. Our goal is to help your teen succeed!

Please contact our teen volunteers program at or to make an accommodation request.

Currently, we are unable to provide one-on-one support or supplementary services.

Session Dates and Details

Fall 2023 - $60Spring 2024 - $90Summer 2024 - $120


  • Sunday: 10th
  • Sunday: 17th
  • Sunday: 24th


  • Sunday: 15th
  • Sunday: 22nd
  • Sunday: 29th


  • Sunday: 5th
  • Sunday: 12th
  • Sunday: 26th

You must attend the first session of each month. Other dates strongly encouraged, but optional.

Applications opened December 2023.


  • Sunday: 18th
  • Saturday: 24th


  • Sunday: 3rd
  • Saturday: 23rd


  • Saturday: 6th
  • Sunday: 14th

You must attend the first session of each month. Other dates strongly encouraged, but optional.


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