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ZooTeen Volunteer Program

Get an exciting new perspective of The Living Desert: apply to be a ZooTeen! ZooTeens are high school students with a special interest in earth sciences and zoology. Our high school volunteer program accepts a select number of students each year to participate. Prospective ZooTeens must complete a ZooTeen application, submit a letter of recommendation, and attend a ZooTeen orientation and interview. Selected applicants will be notified and scheduled to attend the next training.

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ZooTeen commitments include but are not limited to:

  • A full year of service
  • 12 hours per month of interpretation
  • Participating in special events throughout the year
  • One week-long session of Summer Zoo Camp

**After the fulfillment of one year of service, ZooTeens who have demonstrated a strong desire to grow and lead will be invited back to continue with the second year of service in a leadership role. In this role ZooTeens expand their experience with animal handling and other roles within the program.

What do ZooTeens do?

ZooTeens receive a comprehensive education, which they share every shift. Their breadth of knowledge will span from the very perfection of a hummingbird’s wings, to our participation in Species Survival Plans, which impact endangered species around the globe. This is not all inclusive as ZooTeen grow in the program they are given more opportunities to grow and learn.

ZooTeen Commitment:

To proudly represent The Living Desert to the community and to use your time and talents to carry out the mission statement of The Living Desert: “Desert conservation through preservation, education and appreciation.” You have a unique opportunity to interact with the public, enabling them to appreciate desert habitats all over the world while taking in a comprehensive conservation education.

zooteens at the living desert

zooteens at the living desert

zooteens at the living desert

The 2018-2019 New ZooTeen Orientation schedule:

Applications must be received NO LATER than 2 weeks prior to orientation and any applications submitted after this date will be considered for the following orientation dates. All orientations will take place in the Education Center at The Living Desert from 9:00am – 12:00pm.

Once your applications is received, you will be emailed with further instructions for the application and orientation process.

Orientation Dates:

  • August 11, 2018 (Applications due July 29th)
  • November 10, 2018 (Applications due October 27th)

Get involved with us! Complete the online ZooTeen Application to apply for volunteer service. For specific questions or to sign up for an orientation, please call our ZooTeen Volunteer Office at 760-346-5694, ext. 2504 or send an email to:

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