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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Teen Volunteer Opportunities

Applications for our Teen Volunteer Program are currently closed. Please check back in January 2024 to apply for our Summer 2024 program.

*Summer 2023 Application Deadline is March 1st 2023*

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.

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 volunteer with the campers and education staff, which builds public speaking skills. They also get to network with like minded teens and gain volunteer hours for school!



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

  1. Create a profile and submit an application in our online volunteer management system
  2. Ask two non-family members to submit two online recommendation forms HERE.
  3. Attend a day long orientation in the Spring of 2023.
  4. Pay an orientation fee of $50 (covering training, name badge, and one uniform shirt)
  5. Sign up to volunteer for at least 2 full weeks of Zoo Camp to achieve the 80 hours requirement

Please email any questions to