Zoo hours for 2024: The zoo is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The last entry is at 4 p.m. The zoo is closed on Mondays, except for Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Indigenous Peoples Day. Please note that some exhibits are closed due to construction. For more information, visit 'Plan Your Visit' - 'Hours & Pricing'. (dismiss)

Returning Junior Zoo Keeper Application

  • Communication will be conducted primarily by email, directly with the applicant. Please be sure the email listed is one the applicant will be able to check regularly throughout the summer.
  • Choose at least 3 dates and time blocks you would be available for your interview. You may select more than 3. Interviews will be virtual using Zoom and will last approximately 20 minutes. You will answer 7 questions and give a 2 minute presentation. Presentation guidelines will be provided with your interview confirmation email.
  • If selected, candidates must complete 2 on-line and 2 in-person training courses for a total of 4 trainings. Please select one of each training below. Note: there are 2 opportunities to attend trainings 3 and 4, but you only need to select one of each.
  • Do you have any plans this summer that would conflict with your JZK schedule such as a vacation, camp, etc.?
  • Does the applicant require accommodations for any special needs for which Zoo staff should be aware?
  • Working Conditions

  • Upload documents (as noted above)

  • Consider the following for your essay: * What did you learn from your previous experience as a JZK? * How can you improve your performance? * What you hope to achieve this year? * Why is communicating conservation messaging important?
    Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • The letter should be provided by a teacher or non-related adult.
    Accepted file types: pdf, jpg, png, Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • Considerations

  • Program Fee: There is a fee to cover the purchase of the JZK uniform shirt, ID badge, and training costs. The fee for this program is $50 and is due on the first day of training.

    Assumption of Risk: The undersigned acknowledges and understands that activities undertaken by the volunteer may involve a certain degree of risk of personal injury and injury to personal property, which may result from the volunteer’s participation therein. The undersigned further acknowledges and assumes all risk of injury and/or damage to the volunteer, which may result from any reason whatsoever.

    Statement of Non-discrimination: The Niabi Zoo provides programs that are accessible to the public without regard to race, color, gender orientation, national origin, age, religious, or political affiliations, or disability.

    Statement of Understanding: I understand that volunteering at the Zoo requires developing a unique set of skills through training, regular practice and a regular time commitment. I understand that I must attend all training sessions on the dates offered. After attending all required training sessions, I agree to commit at least 40 hours of service at the Zoo (one 4 hour shift per week over the course of 10 weeks).