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Youth & Teen Programs

Opportunities to Grow


Every year, Zoo New England becomes a living classroom, offering formal and informal youth development programming. Education is an integral part of our mission and our commitment to serving as a community resource to our surrounding neighborhoods.

Through our youth programming, you’ll learn by doing. Find out what it takes to work at a Zoo while gaining valuable skills! Check out our programs to find the one that’s right for you.

For more information about these programs, contact the Youth Programs Office at 617-989-3746 or email.

ZooTeen Program (Paid)

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The deadline to apply for a summer ZooTeen position has passed. We look forward to hearing from you next summer.

Through collaboration with the Boston Youth Fund, the Zoo is able to employ up to 55 teens each summer. Over a period of six weeks, these teens work in various departments, including but not limited to Animal Care, Development, Membership, and Guest Services. They attend professional development classes and participate in fun student activites.

ZooTeen FAQ (PDF)

Ages: 15-18 years old
Program Duration: Summer - July to August
Program Commitment: 25 hours per week

Please contact the Youth Programs office with questions or inquiries regarding summer youth jobs at 617-989-3746.

Jr. Zoo Teen Program (Volunteer)

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Apply Today!

Returning ZooTeens

Fill out online application
Application deadline: September 12, 2014

New ZooTeens

Choose one of two ways to apply:

1. Fill out online application and reference form
OR
2. Download printable application and reference form (pdf)
online application
Application deadline: September 12, 2014

About the program

The Jr. ZooTeen program is a creative and meaningful volunteer opportunity for highly-motivated youth ages 11 to 14. This program offers both a hands-on learning atmosphere as well as several mentoring relationships with senior staff members.

Throughout the program, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in a working environment.
  • Gain respect for wildlife, plants, each other and society.
  • Learn how to work well with others through conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Discover and develop talents and creativity.
  • Build communication skills including oral, written and listening.
  • Gain leadership skills.

Ages: 11-14

Program Duration: Spring, February - May and Fall, September - December
Program Commitment: Four hours every other Saturday

Junior ZooTeen Program FAQ (PDF)

Teen Ambassador Program (Paid)

Discover Teenambassador 

Upon completion of the ZooTeen Program, selected teens are given the opportunity to extend their work at the Zoo throughout the school year. Focusing on animal husbandry, education and community relations, Teen Ambassadors participate in a variety of activities, projects and meetings, as well as act as liaisons between the Zoo and the community.

Ages: 15-17 years old
Program Duration: October to May
Program Commitment: 15 hours per week

Applications distributed to Summer ZooTeens in mid-August.

Youth Council

Youth Council positions are currently full for 2014. Please check back with us next spring.

Are you between 11 and 14 years old and want to: 

  • Assist with special events and Zoo initiatives?
  • Participate on a council made up entirely of youth?
  • Develop leadership and advisory skills?
  • Build friendships? Have fun? 

Then the Zoo New England Youth Advisory Council is for you! We're looking for youth who meet these criteria to participate in the council. On the council, young people serve as advocates and Zoo ambassadors on two teams made up of 8-10 members, each from Boston and beyond. One team will serve at Franklin Park Zoo, and another will serve at Stone Zoo.

The Youth Council has been created to work with Zoo staff on program, exhibit and event advisement while also assisting with marketing, fundraising and community outreach efforts. The council has been designed with youth in mind. Representatives will be able to leave their mark on the Zoo as they develop the skills necessary to become future leaders in their schools and communities.

Successful applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 11 and 14

  • Commit to monthly meetings at either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo beginning in May 2015

  • Commit to semi-annual meetings of the entire council (both Zoos)

  • Attend Youth Council events

  • Be an active liaison between the Zoo and one's school

  • Have demonstrated leadership at Zoo New England, at one's school, through a club or organization