Z.O.O. Crew Program

Career Exploration for Middle & High School Students

Learn respect for animals, gain important life and work skills, and become community contributors by taking care of the Zoo's education animal collection and working on special projects. This after-school program is sponsored by the YES! Fund of Manhattan and is free to participants.

Dates & Times

The program runs Monday through Friday during the school year from 3 to 5 p.m.. Youth must be picked up from the Zoo's ticket booth by 5:15 p.m. The Fall 2017 session begins Monday, September 11 and runs through Friday, December 8.

Registration Fees & Transportation

No participation or training fee. Optional transportation from the student's school to the Zoo is provided by Z.O.O. Crew Supervisors. A nominal transportation fee may be applied if volunteers require transportation from school to the Zoo.


Applications are accepted at the start of each fall and spring semester on a first come, first serve basis. Deadline for applications for the fall semester is Friday, September 1, 2017. Click here for the Z.O.O. Crew application. If spaces are available after deadline applications will still be accepted. For more information email Nicole Wade, Programs & Education Animals Manager, or call 785-587-2737.

Important Dates

  • Application Deadline: Friday, September 1
  • Notification of Acceptance: Wednesday, September 6
  • First Day for Fall: Week of September 11

Helpful Documents

Check back for program documents/application.  They will be uploaded prior to the start of the school year.


A passion for animals and desire to learn about their care in a Zoo setting. Prior work or relevant volunteer experience a plus.