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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

 2022 Teen Volunteer Applications are now CLOSED. Thank you to all who applied! 


2022 Volunteer Opportunity Guide


With over 150 teen volunteers, our zoo highly values the work that our 13-17-year-olds contribute on a daily basis! Each teen volunteer begins their service with two full weeks of camp crew, assisting our educators during the summer, and will be given the chance to enter our year-round program from there. 

There are numerous benefits to volunteering with the Camp Crew Volunteer Program! Many teens are able to use their volunteer experience to learn more about conservation and share their passion for animals in a whole new light. Volunteers have the opportunity to work with the public, which helps with public speaking skills. They also get to make new friends and gain volunteer hours for school!



Before you begin your application, here’s what we will ask of you:

  • Create a profile in our online volunteer management system
  • Indicate the best date to attend an orientation (There will be a one-time $50 registration fee, covering t-shirt, badge, and associated costs), to be paid at orientation date
  • Two sealed letters of recommendation filled by a non-family member (Available for download here), delivered to Volunteer Department by hand or mail. 

*Summer 2022 Application Deadline is April 1, 2022*

Late applications will not be accepted

Please Note:  The Birmingham Zoo’s Camp Crew Teen Volunteer Program is a competitive program and only a number of applicants will be accepted.

Please feel free to inquire with any questions at