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Teen Volunteer Opportunities

MG_3859-300x240Camp Crew Teen Volunteer Program: Summer Only
Application deadline: April 1, 2017!

Zoo Crew Teen Volunteer Program: Year Round Program
Pre-requisite: Camp Crew Volunteering

Camp Crew

The Birmingham Zoo’s Camp Crew Program is the first step for any teen interested in getting involved with volunteering at the Zoo! This program enables teenagers 13-17 years old to work with the ZooFari Summer Camps. Camp Crew teens will assist teachers with weekly camps, learn about conservation and share their passion for the natural world with Zoo campers!



Applicants must:

  • Be 13-17 years old by April 1, 2017
  • Have an interest and passion for conservation
  • Have the desire to try new and exciting things
  • Possess the maturity to represent the Zoo in a responsible manner

If selected, he/she must:

  • Attend a one day orientation on April 29, 30, May 20 or 21, 2017.
  • Pay an Orientation Fee of $45. This fee provides the Camp Crew Teen with a T-shirt and name badge, and will contribute to the end of the year teen appreciation party.
  • Agree to a full two-week commitment (approximately 80 hrs.) and have support from his or her family, who must provide transportation, encouragement, and cooperation. Volunteers are expected to make this program a top priority during their 2 weeks they commit to serving.
  • Maintain a positive attitude and comply with all Birmingham Zoo rules, policies and procedures.


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. Those are just a few reason to apply!

To Apply

All new applicants must submit a complete Camp Crew Teen Application (including two recommendations) found below which can be hand delivered or mailed to:

Volunteer Department, 2630 Cahaba Road, Birmingham, AL 35223

Application deadline is April 1, 2017. All complete applicants will be contacted by April 15 with the status of their application.

Camp Crew Volunteer Application
NOTE: The Birmingham Zoo’s Camp Crew Teen Volunteer Program is a competitive program and only a select number of applicants will be accepted.
You will not be contacted if your application is incomplete or received after the deadline.


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The Birmingham Zoo’s Zoo Crew Teen Program is a group of elite teens that are handselected at the end of the summer from the Camp Crew Volunteer Program. Selected teens are invited to join the Zoo Crew Program and are privileged to continue to volunteer year round at the Zoo! Zoo Crew teens are eligible for more opportunities throughout the Zoo and can work towards a promotion into the ZooFari Teen Program which is the internal leadership Teen Volunteer Program. More information about the ZooCrew and ZooFari Teen Program will be given to any Camp Crew Volunteer who is invited into the program at the end of summer.