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Bham: Teen Volunteers for Bham Zoo

May 2011

With Summer Camps quickly approaching, and the busy summer season upon us, the Birmingham Zoo is recruiting volunteers for our Teen Volunteer Program!  Teen volunteers will gain valuable skills and experience, while at the same time assisting the Zoo in many ways!  Our Teen Volunteers work with our Summer Camps, help out at interactive exhibits (such as the Lorikeet Aviary, Contact Yard and Butterfly Aviary) and gain knowledge about our animals that they can share with campers and visitors through biofact demonstrations.  Interested teens can even earn the chance to take an Animal Handling course or work with the animals in the Children's Zoo!  If you (or someone you know) might be interested, please check out the information below, and fill out an online application!


Brooke Estes
Volunteer Manager
Office (205) 879-0409 Ext. 278
Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham, AL 35223
"Inspiring Passion for the Natural World..." We are an AZA accredited zoo
Teen Volunteer Opportunities!
Interpretation - From the lorikeet and butterfly aviaries to our cool pelts and skulls, the Zoo has a number of ways for you to share your love of animals and wildlife conservation with the public. We even have a large collection of biofacts (pelts, skulls, horns, etc.) that are perfect for giving our visitors a unique hands-on experience.

Education - Assist with summer and school break camps, year-round classes, animal programs, and much more as you educate and entertain some of the tens of thousands of students who visit the Zoo annually.

Special Events Boo at the Zoo, ZooLight Safari,  Party for the Planet and the ZooRun are just a few of the incredibly fun special events at the Birmingham Zoo. Volunteers may assist with planning, managing, and staffing the many aspects of the special events that occur throughout the year.

Operations - The Zoo needs YOU to help with our popular birthday parties that occur year-round.

Zoofari Teen ProgramTeen volunteers who have volunteered at least 48 hours with the Zoo, completed a one day Teen Training course, and have proven themselves to be mature, responsible, and reliable, may be chosen as a Zoofari Teen. Zoofari volunteers are often called upon to perform more difficult tasks that may include, supervising other volunteers, assisting animal keepers with special tasks, and more.

Teen Leadership Academy -A select group of teens will be chosen to join this rewarding program. Volunteers within this program will be involved in the supervision of volunteers at major activities such as Summer Camp, Boo at the Zoo, ZooLight Safari, and more. These volunteers will be provided with the opportunity to develop specific managerial skills enabling them to become well prepared for college and the job market. Teens that complete the program may be rewarded with a scholarship and the opportunity to receive college credit through local universities.

Animal Husbandry Work side-by-side with zookeepers within a unique program called "Barn Crew". Barn Crew volunteers help care for many of the animals and exhibits in the Barn and Alabama Wilds areas. This is a great way for you to gain the skills required for a job in wildlife conservation and put you one big step closer toward your goals.

Animal Handlers You will have the opportunity to become a certified handler on animals that may include chinchillas, macaws, armadillos, and even a young alligator. Animal handlers are taught how to use animal knowledge learned through training, and the animals themselves, to provide our visitors with an experience that only the Birmingham Zoo could offer.

Explorer ProgramExploring is Learning for Life's (a division within the Boy Scouts of America) career education program for young girls and boys. Exploring's purpose is to provide experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults. Birmingham Zoo Teen Volunteer Explorers have special member only privileges such as quarterly trips that may include activities such as river rafting and unique activities focused on career development.

Steps to Becoming a Zoo Volunteer
*Applications are accepted year round*

Basic Requirements:
  1. School Year Program (September 1 to April 30) - Must be able to offer a minimum of 50 volunteer hours during the school year.
  2. Summer Program (May 1 - August 31) - Must be able to offer a minimum of 60 volunteer hours during the summer (not including the Teen Training Day).
  3. Year-round Program - Volunteers that complete 60 volunteer hours during the summer and are in good standing with the Birmingham Zoo are automatically accepted into the school year program. Volunteers that complete 50 volunteer hours during the school year and are in good standing with the Birmingham Zoo are automatically accepted into the summer program.

Application Process - Applications are accepted year round
  1. Submit an online application. No one under 13 years of age may apply.
  2. You will receive a response email if your application is accepted. Please follow the directions provided within the email to schedule your orientation.
  3. An orientation must be completed before you may become an official volunteer. Orientations are offered throughout the year.

Questions? Please Contact:
Brooke Estes, Volunteer Manager

More information about our Teen Volunteer Program is available on our website: