Go Behind the Scenes at Sunset Zoo
Help educate others about animals and conservation while working with Sunset Zoo's animal residents. Zoo Teens are volunteers, 14 to 17 years old, who gain behind-the-scenes experience with all aspects of the Zoo's daily operations including: shadowing staff, animal demonstrations, Zookeeping chores, conservation projects, photography and much, much more! As a Zoo volunteer, you choose the activities that interest you most.
Dates & Times of Volunteering
Sunset Zoo is open 360 days a year, seven days a week and volunteers are important part of those daily operations. Once volunteers complete training, actual volunteer service is flexible with a Zoo Teen's schedule. There are variety of opportunities throughout the year to volunteer at Zoo special events and education programs, as well as working with Zoo staff to identify specific projects in line with a volunteer's interests.
Training Sessions for Zoo Teens
Training occurs once a year in late spring. Zoo Teens (new and returning) must attend at least four, three-hour sessions. Training dates for this year were selected by surveying interested volunteers that completed the application before February 10. Applications are still accepted until the first training date. If you are interested in the Zoo Teen program, complete the Zoo's online volunteer application. Training information is provided below.
Attendance is required at all training sessions. Unfortunately, this year we are not offering a make-up session.
Training Session 1: Sunday, April 23rd 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Training Session 2: Sunday, April 30th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Training Session 3: Sunday, May 7th 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Training Session 4: Saturday, May 20th 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Application & Registration Fees
There is a $65 registration fee for new Zoo Teens; fee covers training materials, volunteer polo and more. Interested teens should apply online by Friday, February 10, 2017.
Returning Zoo Teens
There is a $20 registration fee for returning Zoo Teens. Returning volunteers are required to attend all training sessions. Zoo staff will contact volunteers in the spring with additional information regarding the training sessions.
For more information, email Nicole Wade or call her at 785-587-2737.
A passion for animals and desire to learn about their care in a Zoo setting. Prior work or relevant volunteer experience a plus.