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 professional development at the beginning of the season and skill building experiences throughout the summer. These trainings build confidence, communication skills, and background knowledge.

Who: Any teen who is entering grades 8-12, or will graduate high school this year.

Where: Seneca Park Zoo

When: Minimum of 2 days per week, July 5- August 19, 2018.  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 (<1 page) and a letter of reference from a teacher
  • A face-to-face interview for new & returning ZooTeens
  • Participation in professional development
  • Entering 8th-12th grade or recent high school graduate (June ’18)


There is a fee of $100, due at orientation for the ZooTeen Program.


ZooTeen applications for summer 2018 have closed.

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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 October 9, 2018 – May 21, 2019. 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.


We are no longer accepting applications for the 2019 ZooTeen Leaders Program.


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