About the Program

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. Returning ZooTeens have the opportunity to assist with ZooCamp.

ZooTeens attend one training session at the beginning of the season and participate in 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 – Mid August, 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.)


  • Entering 8th – 12th grade or recent high school graduate
  • Submit a completed online application, which includes a brief essay about why you want to be a ZooTeen (300-500 words)
  • A group interview for NEW ZooTeens
  • Participation in ONE training session


There is a fee of $100, due at training session.

Need-based scholarships available upon request.

Summer 2020

  • Interviews (new ZooTeens ONLY): May 13 from 6 – 8 p.m. OR May 19 from 6 – 8 p.m.
  • Training: June 20 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. OR June 28 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Program runs July 6 through August 14
  • End of the Season Celebration: August 15


Applications for the summer 2020 ZooTeen program are no longer being accepted. 

Questions? Please contact 585.336.7213 or zooteen@senecazoo.org

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M&T Bank