Youth Volunteer Team

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

The YVT offers two paths…

YVT 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.

YVT 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.

The 2016 Application Cycle is now OPEN! Application deadline is March 24, 2016. 

Note: All applicants are required to attend an information session on March 26 from 2-5 p.m.

Youth Volunteer Team Application »


How much time is required?

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

  • 80 hours completed during the summer term – June 1, 2016 to August 31, 2016
  • 20 hours completed during the fall term – September 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016
  • 20 hours completed during the spring term – January 1, 2017 to May 31, 2017

When does the program start?

  • The program officially starts in June 2016 but teens available during Spring Break (or earlier) can start volunteering during that time. 

When does the program end?

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

How much training is involved?

  • All applicants will be required to attend an informational meeting on March 26, 2016 from 2-5 p.m. 

What are the shift times?

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

How to apply:

  • To apply for the YVT program please download and fill out the application. Once you have completed the YVT 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 / YVT

1300 Summit Blvd.

West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Application Deadline

The 2016 Application Cycle is now OPEN! Application deadline is March 24, 2016. 

Note: All applicants are required to attend an information session on March 26 from 2-5 p.m.

Youth Volunteer Team Application »

Parents, we expect the following from your teens:
The YVT 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 YVT 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.

Youth Volunteer Team 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.

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