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HOUSTON ZOO

What Is It?: A nonprofit organization housing more than 6,000 animals, attracting more than 2 million guests a year and “fostering appreciation, knowledge, and care for the natural world.”

 

Help Needed: Help with children’s summer camps, educate visitors while serving as a volunteer Naturalist, or perform other tasks.

 

Minimum Age to Volunteer: 13, with a maximum age of 17.  (18-year-olds may volunteer in the adult program.)

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FIRST YEAR ZOO CREW EXPLORERS

This is a 5-week summer program that includes 2 weeks helping with Camp Zoofari, 2 weeks as a Naturalist providing education to Zoo guests, and 1 week of keeper shadowing and career information.

Two sessions are offered, in May/June and July/August.

All teens participating in Zoo Crew for the first time must complete a summer of Zoo Crew Explorers before they may participate in year-round programming or the advanced options (Junior Zookeeper, Camp Mentor, Naturalist, Theater).

Note: There is a $150 fee for the 5-week summer program; the fee for year-round participation is an additional $100.

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JUNIOR ZOOKEEPER

Assist zookeepers with daily care of the animals, including feeding, cleaning, and observing.  For teens who have completed one summer of Zoo Crew.  Must commit 3 full weeks during the summer.

Age requirements and schedule depends on the animal section they are selected to work in.

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CAMP MENTOR

Assist with Camp Zoofari summer camp for kids 4-12 years old.  Duties include helping teach lessons and crafts, monitoring and managing camper behavior, and being a mentor and role model to campers.  For teens who have completed one summer of Zoo Crew.  Must commit to 3 full weeks during the summer.

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NATURALIST

Educate zoo guests about Zoo animals and conservation actions they can take to protect animals in the wild.  Must commit to 3 full weeks during the summer.  For teens who have completed one summer of Zoo Crew.

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THEATER

Present theatrical performances for zoo guests to educate them about animals and conservation. For teens who have completed one summer of Zoo Crew.  Must commit to 3 full weeks during the summer.

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What Is Zoo Crew? Video (2 minutes 24 seconds)  (2015)

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