Teen Assistants (T.A.)

ZooCamp Teen Assistants

June–August 2017

Grades 9–12

About the Program

Love kids, nature, and ZooCamp? We need your help! Join our ZooCamp Teen Assistant program and spend three weeks playing with kids, helping to lead activities, making crafts, dressing up in costumes and of course, having fun, all while earning community service hours. Teen Assistants are truly an integral part of the camp experience! Teen Assistants should be energetic and enjoy spending time with children. This program is designed for teens entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2017.



TAs must commit to working three weeks during the summer, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m., and may be invited back for additional weeks as the schedule allows. You will be assigned to a ZooCamp class, and assist your teacher with tours, games, crafts and general camp merriment!


Application Process
Prospective TAs should fill out the ZooCamp Teen Assistant Application (applications will be available February 2017), along with one required letter of recommendation, and return it by the deadline of May 1st. Applications will be available online on March 1—we will not accept applications before that time. TA Applications must be turned in by Sunday, May 1, 2017 in order to be considered. The application includes basic information, schedule requests, essay questions, and must also include a letter of recommendation from an adult other than a relative.


Teen Assistants work with a variety of camp classes, aged pre-K through 5th grade. Although we do our best to accommodate your preference for a specific age group, we cannot guarantee placement with any particular class.

Apply online »

ZooCamp Teen Assistant Application

ZooCamp Teen Assistant Recommendation Form


Selection Process

After all applications have been received, they will be scored by a committee and we will accept the highest scoring applicants. Applicants will be notified of their status by postal mail on or before May 13, 2017. The final number of TAs accepted is determined by number of camp classes and enrollment. One 6-hour training session is also required, on Saturday, June 10, 2017.


Have questions? 

Please read over our ZooCamp Teen Assistant FAQ sheet.

ZooCamp Teen Assistant FAQ

Contact Information

Still have questions? Please contact:

Teen Volunteer Programs

Katie Garchar
(510) 632-9525 ext. 207

Email »

P.O. Box 5238

9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605