Monday, September 03, 2007

Cleveland Metroparks Zoo -- Volunteers: Zoo Crew

Thank you for your interest in our teen volunteer program.
The application deadline for 2007 has passed.
Applications and reference forms for 2008 will be available on January 2, 2008.

Do You....

Love to learn about animals?
Like talking to people?
Want to become active in wildlife conservation?
Zoo Crew Teens have....

A lasting interest in animals and the environment
The desire and ability to teach others
Good working habits
A GREAT time this summer!
What does the Zoo Crew Do?

Zoo Crew teen volunteers (ages 13-17) assist in the Education Division by actively participating in various conservation projects and interpreting. What is interpreting, anyhow? It simply means talking to the public about the animals, their exhibits, and conservation!

The Zoo Crew teen volunteer program focuses on conservation and encourages teens to learn responsibility, develop job and career skills and grow in their personal conservation ethic.


Applicants must...
be at least 13 years old by January 1 and not older than 17 by June 1 of the year they will be volunteering.
commit to attend once/week for the entire summer (June – August) with only two (2) excused absences. After completing one summer (with a minimum of 40 hours), you may be invited to join the year-round program (September – May). We will meet once a month; every third Saturday (may need to meet more than one Saturday a month depending on the project). You can miss two of these monthly meetings a year.
have an exceptional interest in animals and the environment.
have the desire and ability to work with people of all ages.
If selected, Zoo Crew volunteers must...

attend an orientation session with parent or guardian.
attend training sessions.
work at least one six (6) hour shift per week.
always wear his/her uniform while on duty - Zoo Crew shirt & your own khaki shorts or pants.

$30 fee covers uniform shirt, nametag, training materials and activities, and wrap-up party. NOTE: A limited number of scholarships are available for those demonstrating financial need. (Please inquire with your application)

How To Apply

The application deadline for 2007 has passed. Applications and reference forms for 2008 will be available on January 2, 2008.

To Parents/Guardians:

The Zoo Crew Volunteer Program is a commitment not only for your teen, but also for parents and family. Please remember that Zoo Crew teens are allowed only two (2) scheduled absences during the summer program and two additional absences during the year-round program.
The Zoo can be reached by public transportation Memorial Day through Labor Day. The bus stop is just outside the main entrance to the Zoo.
Parents/Guardians must attend the mandatory Orientation Session. It will give you insight as to what your teen will accomplish, and what will be expected of your teen.

For more information, call (216) 661-6500 x4009.

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