Please be advised that on April 25 at Franklin Park Zoo and April 26 at Stone Zoo, we will be conducting a routine animal escape drill. These drills are an important part of our preparedness training. While the drill is occurring, guests will be asked to move to certain areas within the Zoo for a brief period of time (not to exceed 10 minutes). We will do our best to have minimal impact on the guest experience. We are very dedicated to safety and we appreciate your participation. If you have any questions about what to expect, please do not hesitate to contact us at 617-989-2000 or info@zoonewengland.com.

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Youth & Teen Programs

Opportunities to Grow


Every year, Zoo New England becomes a living classroom, offering formal and informal youth development programming. Education is an integral part of our mission and our commitment to serving as a community resource to our surrounding neighborhoods.

Through our youth programming, you’ll learn by doing. Find out what it takes to work at a Zoo while gaining valuable skills! Check out our programs to find the one that’s right for you.


For more information about these programs, contact the Youth Programs Office at 617-989-3746 or email.

Junior ZooTeen Program

Zoocrew Gallery

About the program

The Jr. ZooTeen program is a creative and meaningful educational opportunity for highly-motivated youth ages 11 to 14. This program offers both a hands-on learning atmosphere as well as several mentoring relationships with senior staff members.

Throughout the program, participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to participate in animal encounters and behind-the-scenes experiences.
  • Gain respect for wildlife, plants and each other.
  • Learn how to work well with others through conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Discover and develop talents and creativity.
  • Build oral, written and listening skills.
  • Gain leadership skills.

2018 Program Dates:
March 3, 10, 17 and 24; April 7 and 28; May 5 and 12
Classes run from 10:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Program Theme:
In this session, Junior ZooTeens will discover how instincts shape animal behavior and adaptations aid in the survival of many zoo species.

The application deadline for this program has passed. Please check this page again for future opportunities.

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Teen Ambassador Program (Paid)

Teen Ambassadors At Turtle Pond

Teen Ambassadors looking for endangered spotted turtles at Stony Brook Reservation Turtle Pond with the Zoo's Assistant Curator.

Upon completion of the ZooTeen Program, selected teens are given the opportunity to extend their work at the Zoo throughout the school year. Focusing on animal husbandry, education and community relations, Teen Ambassadors participate in a variety of activities, projects and meetings, as well as act as liaisons between the Zoo and the community.

Ages: 15-17 years old
Program Duration: October to May
Program Commitment: 15 hours per week

Applications distributed to Summer ZooTeens in mid-August.

ZooTeen Program (Paid)

Zooteen Gallery

Through collaboration with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, the Zoo is able to employ up to 50 Boston teens each summer. Over a period of six weeks, these teens work in various departments, including but not limited to Animal Care, Development, Membership, and Guest Services. They attend professional development classes and participate in fun student activities.

Applications Due by Friday March 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM

Requirements for Eligibility:

  • Must be a full-time resident of the City of Boston
  • Must turn 15 years old on or before Monday, July 9, 2018
  • Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before Friday, August 17, 2018
  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States

How to Apply:

ALL Applicants must submit an online application for the Zoo and register with the 2018 Successlink Lottery through the City of Boston.

New Applicants:

New Applicants Must Fill Out BOTH of the Following Online Applications:

1. ZooTeen Program Application

  • You will be required to submit the names and contact information of 2 references
  • You will be required to inform us of your availability this summer. 
  • You will be asked to rank your top 3 choices of positions.
  • You will be required to write 3 short answers. 

2. Register with the 2018 Successlink Lottery

  • Submit Both Applications by March 17 at 11:59 PM

Returning Applicants:

Returning Applicants Must Fill Out BOTH of Following Online Applications:

1. Returning ZooTeen Program Application

  • You will be required to inform us of your availability this summer.
  • You will be asked to rank your top 3 choices of positions
  • You will be required to write 2 short answers.

2. Register with the 2018 Successlink Lottery

  • Submit Both Applications by March 17at 11:59 PM

For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions or contact the Youth Programs Office at 617-989-3746 or email.