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Junior Zoo Keeper


Our 2017 Junior Zoo Keeper program is full. 

Please consider applying for our 2018 class of Junior Zoo Keepers. 

What is a Junior Zoo Keeper?

- A student between 13 – 17 years of age
- Has a passion for animals and nature

What does a Junior Zoo Keeper do?

- Become a Zoo Naturalist to interpret at exhibits with biofacts (skulls, pelts, teeth, claws...)
- Assists with Zoo Camp and education programs
- Makes enrichment for the animals
- Helps with special events

Have questions?

We will host a Junior Zoo Keeper Information Session Tuesday March 21 at 5:30pm at Niabi Zoo.  This is an optional information session for those interested in learning more about this program.

What do you need to do to be a Junior Zoo Keeper?

- Fill out and submit the application and essay describing "Why would you like to be a Junior Zoo Keeper?" by April 15th
- Submit a letter of reference from a teacher or non-family member

The Education Department will contact you to set up an interview. Interviews will be offered in a group setting on the following dates: Tuesday April 18 at 5:30pm, Friday April 21 at 5:30pm, or Saturday April 22 at 3:30pm.  If an applicant is not able to attend one of these interview dates, an alternate date WILL NOT be offered.

Once accepted into the program, all program participants will be required to attend ALL THREE training sessions on:
Saturday April 29 from 9am to 3pm
Saturday May 13 from 9am to 3pm
Saturday June 3 from 9am to 3pm

The fee for this program is $50.00 and is due on the first training date. This covers the cost of your JZK shirt and training.

The 2017 Junior Zoo Keeper Application is available. Applications are due April 15th.