Teen Volunteer Program

Weekday Home School Volunteens

This program provides local home-schooled teens, ages 12 to 17, the opportunity to assist our Zoo Preschool teachers. They help set up, clean up and assist students with crafts and excursions into the Zoo. Volunteens come in once a week for either half of the day or a full day. There are also Summer Zoo Camp volunteen opportunities. The fall session runs from September to December and the spring session runs from January to May. Applications are completed online and interviews are scheduled after the final application date. After interviewing all applicants, the Education staff will make selections. Selected Volunteens are required to attend a mandatory orientation prior to the start of the semester.


Summer Volunteen Program

Summer Volunteens (students entering grades nine through 12 for the 2018 – 2019 school year) spend one week during the summer assisting staff in our Summer Zoo Camps. Camps run Monday through Friday, from June to August. Teens in grades nine and 10 will assist in half-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and teens in grades 11 to 12 will assist in full-day camps from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Click here to learn more about Summer Volunteen opportunities.



Summer Zoo Camp Photography Volunteer Position

This summer we are offering volunteens the opportunity to gain valuable experience working in a media focused volunteer position. Volunteers in this position will be responsible for capturing candid moments of our campers throughout camp, as well as capturing lifelong camp memories such as meeting animals, feeding the giraffes, or playing games with new camp friends.

If you are interested in this applying for this position we ask that you meet the minimum requirements. Because we know that capturing moments in time of our campers making lifelong friends and memories is not only important to us but to their parents, who will have the opportunities to view and purchase these pictures, we are asking that volunteens not only meet the requirements for the general volunteer program, but also include the below in their application:

Application Requirements in addition to the general volunteen application requirements:

  • Must be a senior during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Must be available for a minimum of one week (Monday - Friday 8:30-4:30).
  • At least once of your letter of recommendations must be from someone who has knowledge of your photography skills.
  • Have a portfolio ready to present at interview
  • Be available for interview during the week of April 30th-May 4th.

Email education@fortworthzoo.org for more information and to schedule your interview.

Special Event Volunteers

The Fort Worth Zoo is always in need of spirited volunteers (individuals and groups) to join the Zoo Crew during special events including Zoo Run and Boo at the Zoo. The days, times and age requirements are different for each event. For special event volunteer information, please email us or check out our event calendar, which details volunteer opportunities.

Boo at the Zoo Volunteers

As members of the Boo Crew, you and/or your organization will have the opportunity to earn community service hours at our ‘spooktacularly’ fun event! Boo at the Zoo volunteer jobs include handing out candy, staffing carnival games and crafts, serving as area monitors and other fun positions!

Click here for more information on Boo at the Zoo.

Please email volunteer@fortworthzoo.org if you have any questions.

For more information, contact the education department:
Fort Worth Zoo
1989 Colonial Parkway
Fort Worth, TX 76110
phone: 817-759-7200
fax: 817-759-7201
email: education@fortworthzoo.org