Zoo Teens (Ages 14-17)


The 2016 Zoo Teen Program Application Season has closed. 
Check back in January 2017 for next year's information.    

To be placed on an email list to receive information when it becomes available, please contact cnave@lafayette.in.gov.


Columbian Park Zoo's Zoo Teen program is designed for students 14-17 year of age who have a desire to explore animal-related careers, including zookeeping, conservation and wildlife education.

This structured volunteer program is a wonderful opportunity to build a variety of transferable job skills such as customer service, time management, professional conduct, leadership and more.

Teens with an interest in any career field are encouraged to apply.  Those with a particular interest in animal-related careers will especially benefit from this program through multiyear participation.

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How To Apply

Application materials are available starting in January of each calendar year.  To be considered for the Zoo Teen Program, complete application packets must be submitted by the posted deadline.  All application materials must be submitted together including an application form, essay and 2 teacher recommendations.  Late or incomplete applications will not be considered.  The Zoo Teen program is competitive.

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A Zoo Teen Candidate will be:

  • 14-17 years of age on June 1 of the year of application
  • Trustworthy, reliable and responsible
  • Able to accept supervision of adults and ask for assistance when needed
  • Courteous to his/her peers, the general public, volunteers and staff
  • Willing to learn new skills and get his/her hands dirty
  • Willing to engage with others through public speaking and visitor interactions
  • Able to share the Zoo's wildlife conservation and education messages with enthusiasm
  • Able to present a neat and well-groomed appearance
  • Comfortable working with patrons of all ages and backgrounds
  • Able to demonstrate a positive attitude at all times
  • Supportive of the Columbian Park Zoo's mission


For more information contact Courtney Nave, Zoo Teen Coordinator, via email at cnave@lafayette.in.gov or phone, (765) 807-1543.