Youth Volunteer Corps

The Palm Beach Zoo’s Youth Volunteer Corps (YVC) offers teens the opportunity to create new friendships, build leadership and most importantly gain career skills for future endeavors.

The YVC offers two paths…

YVC Interpretation: Youth volunteers commit to 1 day each week from June to August and will have the opportunity to teach zoo visitors about conservation, preservation and serve as ambassadors for the animals in our care. Through use of bio-facts like skulls, feathers and other engaging activities, youth volunteers are able to make a lasting impression.

YVC Camp Program: Youth volunteers commit to 3-5 weeks through the summer to serve as camp counselors for the various camp programs we offer.  As a camp counselor volunteer you will build relationships with the campers through engaging them in games, bio-facts, animal encounters and much more.

Applications are Now Open! Application Deadline: February 10, 2015.

Youth Volunteer Corps Application »

How much time is required?

The YVC requires a minimum of 120 volunteer hours each year.

  • 80 hours completed during the summer term – June 1, 2015 to August 31, 2015
  • 20 hours completed during the fall term – September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015
  • 20 hours completed during the spring term – January 1, 2016 to May 31, 2016

When does the program start?

  • The program officially starts in April 2015 but teens available during Spring Break can start volunteering during that time.

When does the program end?

  • This is a year round program and requires volunteer to be available for training in March and runs until March the following year.

How much training is involved?

  • Youth volunteers are required to attend a 2 day training that runs from 9am-5pm and will be held on March 28 & 29, 2015.

How many people are accepted?

  • The Zoo will be only be accepting 20 youth volunteers this year so please apply early to be considered.

What are the shift times?

  • YVC Interpretation offers a morning and afternoon shift: Morning: 10 am – 3 pm   /   Afternoon: 1 –  5 pm
  • YVC Camp runs Monday through Friday with shift times of 8 am – 4  pm.

How to apply:

  • To apply for the YVC program please download and fill out the application. Once you have completed the YVC Application, mail it along with two letters of reference and a copy of last semester’s transcripts showing a “C” average or higher to:

Palm Beach Zoo

Volunteer Services / YVC

1300 Summit BLVD

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Application Deadline

  • The application deadline is February 10, 2015

Youth Volunteer Corps Application »

Parents, we expect the following from your teens:
The YVC program is designed to be rewarding and engaging for teens and zoo visitors. The ultimate goal of the program is to not only offer a FUN place to volunteer but a place where teens can develop skills to use later in life. Through team building activities, monthly trainings and dynamic experiences, the YVC offers teens the opportunity to see what it takes to work in and run a zoo. The program mainly runs from June to August but does offer other opportunities to volunteer throughout the year. If you are wondering if your teen is ready for this program please see our expectations below:

  • To stay on zoo property at all times during a scheduled shift.
  • Use of cell phones only in an emergency or while behind-the-scenes.
  • Be professional and respectful to Zoo guests, staff and fellow volunteers.
  • Arrive at and depart from the Zoo without adult supervision.
  • Follow all directions and instructions for the shift or event they are assigned.
  • Communicate clearly, professionally and in a timely manner via email or phone.
  • Exhibit appropriate social behavior with other teens while on property as they are representing the Palm Beach Zoo and its staff.
  • Follow the Zoo’s dress code: volunteer shirt (provided) and khaki or black shorts/pants.

Application Deadline: Closed, please check back in December 2014.

Youth Volunteer Corps Application »

If you have further questions you can contact our volunteer office at 561-533-0887 ext 239 or via email at for more information.

Contact Us

Palm Beach Zoo

1301 Summit Boulevard
West Palm Beach, Florida 33405-3035
(561) 547-9453

Support for the Palm Beach Zoo is provided by:

Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.