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Youth Volunteer Programs

The 2018 Application Cycle is now OPEN! Application deadline is April 30.

NOTE: Teen applicant and one parent are requested to attend one of the following Youth Service Meet & Greets:

Saturday, April 21, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.
Sunday, April 22, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

Saturday, April 28, 3:30 - 4:15 p.m.

The Youth Service Meet & Greet is a brief meeting for us to meet face to face and discuss the details of both programs. You will and gain a better understanding of activities, level of supervision, schedules and expectations. We will also tour the facilities the teens will be occupying during their volunteer shifts.

Youth Service Meet & Greets, although informal, are still part of the evaluation and selection process. Youth programs at the Palm Beach Zoo are competitive and acceptance is limited. Please RSVP for your date selection via email at

Palm Beach Zoo hosts two Youth Volunteer Programs. Each program offers teens the opportunity to create new friendships, build leadership abilities, and gain career skills for future endeavors.


The ZooTeen volunteer program is a select group of teens, ages 14-17 who explore their interest in animals, nature and conservation through volunteer service at the Palm Beach Zoo. ZooTeens work as trained interpretive guides, allowing them to share their knowledge of conservation, preservation and the natural world with zoo visitors. Youth volunteers also assist as attendants in the Lorikeet Loft, work as greeters during our animal shows; help our horticulture and grounds-keeping staff; work in the Butterfly Garden; and host crafts, hands-on learning stations, and other educational activities for special events. ZooTeens commit to a minimum of one and a maximum of three full days each week from June to August, and at least three zoo events throughout the year. ZooTeens can report to work no earlier than 9 a.m. and must leave the zoo no later than 5 p.m. The majority of teens begin their shift at 10 a.m. and leave at 4 p.m.

ZooTeens Program Information and Application

Junior Camp Counselors

The Junior Camp Counselor volunteer program empowers youth ages 14-17 to become conservation ambassadors and community leaders. Junior Camp Counselors help mentor young minds through assistance with Palm Beach Zoo’s summer camps. As a camp counselor volunteer you will help: educate campers through use of animal bio-facts including skulls, bones, fur and feathers; lead students to behind the scenes zoo opportunities and up-close animal encounters; and participate in other engaging activities, such as educational crafts and hands-on learning stations. Junior Camp Counselors commit to 3-5 weeks through the summer. Camps are hosted Monday through Friday with volunteer shift times of 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 

Junior Camp Counselor Program Information and Application

The 2018 Application Cycle is now OPEN! Application deadline is April 30, 2018.

How To Apply

To apply for either ZooTeens or the Junior Camp Counselor program, please download and fill out the appropriate application, and mail the completed application with all essays answers, along with two letters of reference to:

Palm Beach Zoo
Volunteer Services—Youth Program
1300 Summit Blvd.
West Palm Beach, FL 33405

Parents, we expect the following from your teens:

The Youth Volunteer 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. Palm Beach Zoo offers teens a real-world learning experience, excellent for students with interest in biology, zoology, wildlife, conservation, education or related fields. Teens will be interacting with the public. Teens will not be working directly with animals. 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.
  • Represent the Palm Beach Zoo and its staff in a professional and respectful manner at all times.
  • Arrive and depart from the Zoo without adult supervision, beyond transportation.
  • Follow all directions and instructions for the shift or event as assigned.
  • Communicate clearly, professionally and in a timely manner via email or phone.
  • Exhibit appropriate social behavior with other teens, staff members and guests while on Zoo property.
  • Follow the Zoo’s dress code: volunteer shirt (provided), khaki or black shorts/pants, brown belt, and close-toed black or brown shoes. No visible tattoos or piercings during volunteer shifts, and must have a natural hair color. 

If you have further questions you can contact our volunteer office via email at for more information.