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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.

Boston BioBlitz Initiative for Girls

The Boston BioBlitz Initiative for Girls (BBIG) program engages young girls, ages 12-15, in meaningful STEM learning experiences through informal classroom activities, outdoor exploration and field trips to local urban wildlife areas.

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Junior ZooTeen Program


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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.

Upcoming Sessions:

During this Junior ZooTeen session we'll be exploring how ecosystems work and the importance of a healthy ecosystem!

Session dates:

February: 2 & 16
March: 2, 16, & 30
April: 13 & 27
May: 11

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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 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.

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

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

Apply Today!

Applications Due by Friday April 1, 2019 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 8, 2019.

  • Cannot turn 19 years old, on or before Friday, August 16, 2019.

  • Must be legally permitted to work in the United States.

How to Apply:

You will also need to register with the City of Boston's Department of Youth Engagement and Employment's Successlink Summer Employment Program to be eligible for the ZooTeen Program. To register for the Successlink Summer Employment Program, please visit: Youth.Boston.gov

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 Successlink Lottery

  • Submit Both Applications by April 1 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 Successlink Lottery

  • Submit Both Applications by April 1 at 11:59 PM