Coordinator: Jen Katona
Phone: 321.254.9453 x375
Mail: Brevard Zoo
8225 N. Wickham Rd.
Melbourne, FL 32940
Applications for the full year Zoo Teen Program are now open! Applications are due by 5 p.m. on October 8, 2023. Applicants must be 13 by January 1, 2024. Learn more below!APPLY NOW
Zoo Teens volunteer once a month on their assigned Saturday or Sunday, typically from 9 am to 3 pm. The day is divided in half, with one opportunity in the morning before lunch and another opportunity in the afternoon. Assignments include:
We welcome Zoo Teens to volunteer more than once per month if they are available. In June and July, instead of regular assigned days, Zoo Teens can sign up for hours that fit their schedule any day of the week (a 25-hour minimum is required). Teens can take advantage of leadership and career exploration opportunities by participating in special projects and attending talks by speakers from a variety of career backgrounds.
All Zoo Teens must:
We seek applicants with:
Once accepted, Zoo Teens must:
Prospective Zoo Teens must complete and submit an application. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applications are scored equally using a rubric; this is a tool that allows the applicants to know how each answer will be scored, and teens are encouraged to consult the rubric on the application while formulating their responses. The top 50 – 55 applicants are interviewed in November; of these, approximately 40 teens are invited to join the Zoo Teen program. All applicants are contacted in November regarding their application status.
The Summer VolunTEEN Program is a 10-week-, 10-day-minimum opportunity that runs from May through early August. VolunTEENs fill a variety of roles, such as engaging Zoo guests, assisting with summer camps and working alongside Zoo Teen volunteers.
There are numerous benefits to the Summer VolunTeen Program. Many students are able to use their volunteer experience to meet the community service requirement for the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships (contact the guidance department of your school for more details). Students may also receive credit for their volunteer hours from their school. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with Education Department staff and the public, gaining valuable skills for a variety of careers. Making new friends, earning potential employment references, gaining work experience, and feeling a sense of accomplishment are just a few more reasons to apply!