ZooTeen Volunteers

What It’s About:

If you have a passion for animals, love helping people and have ever wondered what it’s like working at a zoo, Roosevelt Park Zoo’s ZooTeen program is just for you! Our ZooTeen program will expand your community service and leadership opportunities. The purpose of the ZooTeen program is to provide trained volunteers who enhance the zoo experience with daily activities and develop leaders who make positive change happen for people, for animals and for the environment.


  • 13 years and older
  • Complete an application with a recommendation letter
  • Attend ZooTeen Training Dates (listed below)
  • Provide own transportation to & from the zoo
  • Be able to work as a team & individually
  • Have a positive attitude & willingness to help
  • Able to commit to at least 50 hours totals between June-August

What You’ll Do:

  • Assist with Zoo Summer Camp in June & July
  • Help with special events, games, crafts & bounce house
  • Assist with tasks around the zoo including cleaning, sweeping paths & emptying trash cans
  • Greet visitors, talk to the public about animals throughout the zoo & remind visitors to wash hands after any animal contact
  • Learn about the zoo & its animals
  • Complete tasks & training material as assigned in ZooTeen binder

2019 Training Dates:

  • Orientation: Tues, May 15th 6:00-7:00pm (teen and one parent/guardian must attend)
  • Training Day: Tues, May 28th from 10:00am-3:00pm (ZooTeen Only!)

How to Apply:

  • Submit an application by May 1st to be considered
  • Submit one recommendation letter from someone who IS NOT related to you

Applications and recommendation letter can be
emailed to nicole@minotparks.com
or mailed to
Roosevelt Park Zoo C/O Nicole Barnhart
429 3rd Ave SW PO Box 538
Minot, ND 58703

Download an application

Download ZooTeen Flyer

RPZ Junior ZooKeeper Volunteers

Those that complete one summer season volunteering have the opportunity to continue volunteering year-round as an RPZ Junior ZooKeeper. This opportunity will be given to those that demonstrate strong leadership skills, good communication and maintain a positive attitude.

What You’ll Do:

  • Help with special events, games, crafts & bounce house
  • Continue to complete training in ZooTeen binder
  • Present biofacts (bones, furs & artifacts) to zoo visitors**
  • Prepare diets for the animals**
  • Assist with daily husbandry for animals** (i.e. cleaning and enrichment)
  • After 1 year training will be provided to handling Ambassador Animals for programs

**After completing all necessary training in ZooTeen Binder

How to Become an RPZ Junior ZooKeeper:

  • Volunteered for one summer season as a ZooTeen
  • Maintain a positive attitude, help where need & demonstrate strong leadership skills
  • Submit a letter of interest to Zoo Educator at the end of the summer
  • Submit a negative TB test (once notified of acceptance)
  • Be able to commit to 1 four hour volunteer shift per month (weekends are available)