ZooTeens & ZooTeen Leaders


The ZooTeen program gives young adults the opportunity to work together with like-minded peers from around the region, as well as with the Seneca Park Zoo education team, to help educate the public about the animals in our conservation care and the importance of saving animals from extinction.

ZooTeens act as ambassadors of the Zoo while exploring their interests in animals, ecology, and conservation. Throughout the day, teams of ZooTeens make presentations and invite zoo guests to participate in interactive, fun learning activities at various stations throughout the Zoo. Activities include the use of animal artifacts (biofacts), educational games, and answering guests’ questions.

ZooTeens go through an initial training at the beginning of the season and ongoing training experiences throughout the summer. These trainings build confidence, communication skills, and background knowledge.

Who: Any teen who has completed 7th through 12th grade at the start of the summer. 

Where: Seneca Park Zoo

When: Minimum of 2 days per week, July 5- August 20, 2017.  9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (The program runs seven days a week and we try our best to work around summer jobs, family activities, sports, and vacations).


  • Submit a completed application, which includes a brief essay and a letter of reference from a teacher
  • A face-to-face interview for new ZooTeens
  • Participation in training
  • Completion of 7th through 12th grade at the start of the summer


There is a fee of $100, due upon acceptance, to participate in the ZooTeen Program. This fee covers the cost of a ZooTeen T-shirt, training, and ZooTeen picnic at the end of the program.


ZooTeen applications will be open Spring 2018.

ZooTeen Leaders

The ZooTeen Leaders program encourages teens in grades 9-12 to become a force for conservation and education as well as teen character and skills development. The program empowers teens by equipping them with the resources and skills needed to be ambassadors for the Zoo. This program also provides teens the opportunity to develop public speaking and leadership skills, while exploring the vast array of career opportunities within the Zoo in conservation and animal sciences.

The ZooTeen Leaders program is a year-long opportunity to learn at the Zoo through engaging activities, presentations, and guest speakers. ZooTeen Leaders attend weekly meetings and work on projects that develop team-building, communication skills, and conservation knowledge. ZooTeen Leaders also serve as mentors for the summer ZooTeen program, helping to develop training for ZooTeens and content for ZooTeen summer stations, and acting as role models for their peers.

Who: Candidates for the ZooTeen Leader Program must be entering 9th through 12th grade and have at least one year of experience in the ZooTeen Program. Candidates who are not accepted into the ZooTeen Leader Program are welcome to reapply the following season as ZooTeens or ZooTeen Leaders.

Where: Seneca Park Zoo

When: Weekly Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. and occasional weekends, from November 7, 2017 – August 19, 2018. Two days per week during July and August.


Applicants should be entering grades 9-12 and have at least one year of experience in the ZooTeen program.


There is a $125 fee due upon acceptance. Payment plans are available.

This fee covers the cost of a ZooTeen Leader shirt, training, guest speakers, field trips, and the summer program.


Presentations will be held on Tuesday, October 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Interviews will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. over the following Tuesdays.

Plan on attending both the presentations and at least one of the interview sessions.

ZooTeen Leader applications have closed.

Questions? Contact Information:

(585) 732-6703


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