Join Our Junior Zoo Crew Team!

Junior Zoo Crew Teen Volunteer Program

Team-building Outing

Team Building Outing

An exciting way for students, age 14* to 18 years, to explore the possibilities of careers in zoo and aquarium sciences, this program will further students’ interests, explore career goals, and develop interpretive skills in a professional zoological environment.

The job skills and work ethic developed will also apply to many other work environments. This unique opportunity for North Texas & Southern Oklahoma students is a one of a kind opportunity! Program limited to just 20 teen volunteers each summer.

Frank Buck Zoo seeks positive, responsible, enthusiastic students with an interest in learning about animals and who can effectively interact with zoo guests. Students of all academic levels will be considered for the program. Jr. Zoo Crew Teen positions are volunteer positions and are therefore unpaid, however the experience gained is immeasurable.

Dedicated Jr. Zoo Crew team members will be trained to: use bio-facts (skulls, antlers, horns, pelts, etc.) to assist zoo visitors in learning more about the zoo's animal collection, handle small animals that are part of education programs, prepare animals meals, arrange behavioral enrichment for the animals, assist keepers with cleaning, help with public animal feeding, assist with Summer Safari Day Camps, and be involved with zoo overnights and special events.

A $100 activity fee is required for this program and includes a t-shirt, training manual, behind the scenes field trip to another area zoo, certificate and so much more. This is great addition to any college application.

Before applying, students with a heavy schedule of spring and summer activities such as summer school, sports, camps, long vacations, jobs, etc. should consider whether or not they have the time to commit to the trainings and the program. 

Application Period:
Applications are being accepted starting January 5, 2018, for a 5-month period until May 31, 2018.

The earlier the application is received during the application period, the better the chance to secure a preferred interview time. All required paperwork must be returned as a single packet. If incomplete information is received, it will not be considered.

After the application materials have been reviewed, each student will be notified with an interview appointment by email of his/her April-May interview date.

Students selected for the program will attend a Mandatory orientation session on Saturday June 2, 2018.   If selected for the Jr. Zoo Crew teen volunteer program, candidates would be required to attend all applicable trainings for their position and volunteer 90 hours (at least one to two days per week) for the entire summer.

Learning about Animal Handling

Girl Handling an Animal

Learning about Biofact Presentations

Child Handling a Fossil

To Apply:

1. Complete a Jr. Zoo Crew Teen Application
2. A typed 100-word essay on why he/she wants to be a member of the Jr. Zoo Crew.
3. A typed (not hand written) letter of recommendation from two teachers.
(Home school students may use a letter from someone other than a family member.)
4.*Candidates must be fourteen years old by the application deadline.

Submit to:
Education Dept.
1000 W. California St.
Gainesville, TX 76240
Email R. Parker