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.

ZooTeen Program (Paid)

Zooteen Gallery

Through collaboration with the Department of Youth Engagement and Employment, the Zoo is able to employ up to 55 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 activites.

ZooTeen FAQ (PDF)

Ages: 15-18 years old
Program Duration: Summer - July to August
Program Commitment: 25 hours per week

Jr. Zoo Teen Program

Zoocrew Gallery

About the program

Applications for the Fall 2015 season will be posted here in July.

The Jr. ZooTeen program is a creative and meaningful volunteer 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 a working environment.
  • Gain respect for wildlife, plants, each other and society.
  • Learn how to work well with others through conflict resolution and teamwork.
  • Discover and develop talents and creativity.
  • Build communication skills including oral, written and listening.
  • Gain leadership skills.

Ages: 11-14

Program Duration: Spring, February - May and Fall, September - December
Program Commitment: Four hours every other Saturday
Junior ZooTeen Program FAQ (PDF)

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.

Youth Council

Youth Council positions are currently full for 2014. Please check back with us next spring.

Are you between 11 and 14 years old and want to: 

  • Assist with special events and Zoo initiatives?
  • Participate on a council made up entirely of youth?
  • Develop leadership and advisory skills?
  • Build friendships? Have fun? 

Then the Zoo New England Youth Advisory Council is for you! We're looking for youth who meet these criteria to participate in the council. On the council, young people serve as advocates and Zoo ambassadors on two teams made up of 8-10 members, each from Boston and beyond. One team will serve at Franklin Park Zoo, and another will serve at Stone Zoo.

The Youth Council has been created to work with Zoo staff on program, exhibit and event advisement while also assisting with marketing, fundraising and community outreach efforts. The council has been designed with youth in mind. Representatives will be able to leave their mark on the Zoo as they develop the skills necessary to become future leaders in their schools and communities.

Successful applicants must:

  • Be between the ages of 11 and 14

  • Commit to monthly meetings at either Franklin Park Zoo or Stone Zoo beginning in May 2015

  • Commit to semi-annual meetings of the entire council (both Zoos)

  • Attend Youth Council events

  • Be an active liaison between the Zoo and one's school

  • Have demonstrated leadership at Zoo New England, at one's school, through a club or organization