Teen volunteer program at Woodland Park Zoo

Why ZooCorps?

If you are interested in working with other teens from around the city and want to learn and teach others about animals and conservation, then ZooCorps is for you!

ZooCorps offers participants a unique opportunity to develop useful job/public speaking skills, increase their knowledge of animals and their habitats, and to expand their conservation awareness, in a collaborative and fun learning environment at the Zoo and beyond.

ZooCorps Teens...

  • Teach zoo visitors of all ages about animals, their habitats and conservation efforts

  • Participate in conservation projects in the Seattle-area

  • Gain experience in public speaking, education, teamwork, leadership and a variety of specific job skills that support the mission of the zoo

  • Volunteer year-round at indoor and outdoor sites around the zoo

  • Are important members of the Woodland Park Zoo community!


Are You Eligible?

  • You must be at least 14 years of age and in the 9th or 10th grade by the time of application.

  • Able to attend the 10 week training program, 4-5 hours per week (Saturday afternoons March through May)

  • Able to volunteer at least 25 hours of service per month in both July and August plus 2 shifts per month September through June during your first year as a volunteer.

 Note: hands-on contact and working directly with animals is limited during the first summer season and not a key part of the program. (Teens completing prerequisites are eligible for additional animal handling training and certification for animals used in specific educational programs.)

 ZooCorps Summer 2012

The 2014 training class is full.  Applications for the 2015 class will be available December 1, 2014.  Please check back at that time for more information about next season.

Current WPZ ZooCorps VIC Access (click here)


The application period for the 2015 training class will be posted by December 1, 2014.  Please check back then. 



Applicants who successfully complete their applications will be contacted for an interview.



If you cannot find the answers to your questions about volunteering or need additional help please contact program staff at 206.548.2450


ZooCorps Teen Program staff at 206.548.2699 or zoocorps@zoo.org


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