Teen Assistants (T.A.)

Love animals and kids? We need your help! Come to camp as a Teen Assistant and spend three weeks helping to create a fun and exciting experience for campers. Help lead games, crafts and more—all while earning community service hours! Please note: This volunteer position does not offer hands-on experience with any animals.

June–August 2017

Grades 9–12

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Animal Care Internships

A more in-depth experience for those who are looking to start a career in animal care, health, research, or conservation.

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High School, College, Adults

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Animal Care Volunteers

Work alongside a keeper, assisting with daily animal care: cleaning of exhibits and night houses, chopping diets, raking, hosing, making enrichment items, and much more.

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College, Adults

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Behavioral Observation Team

Collect data that helps zookeepers to better understand how the animals are spending their day and utilize their exhibit.

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Adults

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Community Groups

The Oakland Zoo works with a variety of community groups (corporate, school, church, service, family) to complete habitat restoration, enrichment, and landscape management projects

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Adults, Families

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Conservation Volunteers

Conservation Volunteers work at our stations to interpret our conservation initiatives to zoo guests of all ages! Choose between our Quarters for Conservation or Beads for Chimps station, as well as additional stations at special events, such as Earth Day and fundraising events.

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Adults

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Docents

Are you fascinated by Flamingos, riveted by River Otters, or wild for Wart Hogs? Bring your frenzy for fauna to Oakland Zoo and become a Docent.

Adults

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Field Biology Workshops

Looking for a new way to engage your middle and high school science classes? Want to incorporate the new Next Generation Science Standards practices into your classroom? Get your students thinking, learning and acting like scientists with our new Field Biology Workshops!

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Middle School, High School

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General Volunteers

Volunteers are vitally important to the Zoo. Whatever you love to do, we can put your time and talents to good use.

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Adults

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Teen Eco-Travel

Few experiences can affect teens like international travel. Oakland Zoo has a history of inspiring teens with trips to exotic locations such as Borneo, Guatemala, Peru, and Madagascar. 2017's trip was an incredible Andes to Amazon Ecology Program in beautiful Ecuador. Stay tuned for details of our next Teen Eco-Tour!

High School

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Teen Wild Guides

Our popular Teen Wild Guide (TWG) program is an important part of our volunteer corps, consisting of young people interested in animals, conservation and children. They are motivated, friendly and have a lot of fun! Participants will be trained as interpreters in the Valley Children's Zoo, teaching visitors about animals and monitoring the contact yard. As teens develop within the program, they will have the opportunity to plan and participate in service learning projects, assist keepers and gain leadership experience.

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High School

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9777 Golf Links Road Oakland, CA 94605