Oakland Zoo is excited to expand its teen volunteer opportunities with the creation of four brand new internships on our Education and Maintenance teams. Teens have their choice to apply for Education, Engagement, Ambassador Animal Program, and Maintenance positions meant to inspire and build a foundation for a stronger future.
Our popular Teen Wild Guide (TWG) program is an important part of our volunteer corps consisting of young people interested in animals, conservation and our many young guests. 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 goat/sheep barn. As TWGs develop within the program, they will have the opportunity to plan and participate in service learning projects, assist keepers and gain leadership experience.
The UC Climate Stewards Certification Course will integrate locally relevant themes of the conservation of native plants and animals, environmental justice, and community stewardship. Through guest speakers, field trips, and activities we will learn about and discuss principles and practice towards increasing community and ecosystem resilience to disappearing species, creating equitable and equal access to natural landscapes, and Taking Action for Wildlife. This course takes place every Thursday from January 25 - May 2.
Love kids, nature, and ZooCamp? We need your help! Join us as a ZooCamp Teen Assistant or Intern and spend part of your summer playing with kids, helping to lead activities, making crafts, dressing up in costumes and, of course, having fun. Teen Assistants & Interns are truly an integral part of the camp experience! We have 3 positions available, each with different roles and requirements.