Volunteering and Internships
Volunteers are a very important part of any zoo, and this fact is also true of the Abilene Zoo. These are the volunteer opportunities available.
ZOO TEENS 2014!
Age: Students entering
8th – 12th grades
Fee: $40 per teen (for
uniform shirt, training, and recognition event)
1) Completed application, turned in no later than
Friday, April 18.
2) 2 recommendation forms from an unrelated adult
3) Personal interview with Education Curator and
keepers,.During this time you will need to give a talk that lasts no more than
3 minutes on one of the following: someone who influenced you to care for
animals, the importance of conserving animal species or your favorite animal.
Commitment: June 9-August 22
Keepers: at least 9 weeks for two 4-hour
shifts a week minimum (72 hours)
Counselors: at least 9 weeks for two 7-hour
shifts a week minimum (126 hours)
selected, mandatory training will be
June 1 from 12-5.
Work with the animal staff to complete their daily duties. This includes; raking, shoveling, hosing,
bending, feeding, doing dishes, lifting and hauling. Jr. Keepers will work behind the scenes in
close proximity to animals, but there will be little to no contact with the
animals. There are three areas to work in mammals, birds and reptiles. Jr.
Keepers will not work in cat or venomous reptile areas.
Work with the education staff to put on Educational Summer Camps. Jr. Counselors will assist camp teachers in
guiding the learning of campers through zoo tours, crafts and animal
encounters. In addition, Jr. Counselors
will learn how to handle and present certain education animals, both to campers
and to members of the public.
will be a parent meeting Tuesday, May 20 from 5:30-6:00. Zoo Teens selected for
the Jr. Keeper area will be required to submit proof of a negative TB test by
18 – Application deadline
12 – Applicants notified whether accepted or not
20 – Parent orientation meeting from 5:30-6:00.
1 - Mandatory Training from 12-5.
DOWNLOAD ZOO TEEN APPLICATION
Adult Education Volunteers
Come join us for an informational meeting on March 18 at 6 pm and March 22 at 2 pm to learn more about our volunteer opportunities.
Areas of opportunity - click to download full job description and application:
Animal Care Specialist: Assist with the cleaning and feeding of the Education Animal collection
Animal Program Specialist: Learn how to handle and present education animals to the public
Guest Ambassador: Assist guests with general questions and basic information about the zoo collection
Materials and Research Specialist: Assist the Education Department with the cataloging and maintenance of biofacts, supplies, educational materials, etc. Please contact Joy for this application as we are having difficulties loading the information.
If you have further questions, please contact Joy Harsh at email@example.com or 325-676-6487.
The Abilene Zoo has internships available in the Animal department, Behavioral (Training and Enrichment) and the Education department.
Click for application - Education Department Internship
Click for application - Behavioral Internship
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