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Zoo Crew members of the Dallas Zoo

Zoo Crew

Zoo Crew is designed to give teens (ages 13-17) the opportunity to learn about and volunteer in various areas of the Zoo.


Youth (ages 13-17)


$200 program fee

Good to Know

Must complete the Zoo Crew training program before being considered for the year-round program

Zoo Crew Overview

Zoo Crew members volunteer in areas of the Zoo including:

  • Guest engagement with a primary focus on conservation education, using bio-facts, and leading games & activities, with the goal of sharing information about our animals and conservation efforts.
  • Assisting zoologists with animal care and husbandry duties.
  • Assisting with education programs including: camps, preschool age programs, family pop-up programs.
  • Assisting with special events at different times throughout the year.

PLEASE NOTE: not all year-round Zoo Crew members will have the option to partake in all of these tasks.

Teens will learn the following during training:

  • The role guest engagement plays in the Zoo’s mission and how to communicate with guests about animals and conservation efforts.
  • The different elements of Zoo habitats.
  • Your appreciation for nature and how to foster that feeling in others.

Here’s how to join Zoo Crew:

  • Session spots are limited; applications will be reviewed in the order they are received.
  • All individuals are required to participate in the training program.
  • Upon completion of the training program, youth learning staff will invite select individuals to join Zoo Crew.


Ready to get started?

2024 Training Program

Training session dates and deadlines:

  • Spring Session: Deadline has passed
  • Summer Remote/Hybrid Session: Sunday, June 16 – Saturday, August 3
    Last day to apply: Monday, May 27
  • Summer In-Person Session: Monday, June 10 – Friday, June 28
    Last day to apply: Monday, May 27
  • Fall Remote/Hybrid Session: Sunday, August 18 – Saturday, October 5
    Last day to apply: Monday, July 29

RSVP for a Zoom information meeting to get your questions answered! Register for March 24  |  Register for April 22

Ready to apply?

  • Apply below and interview for a spot in one of our training sessions. Choose your type of session:
    • In-person: June 10-28, Monday-Friday (no weekends), 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    • Remote/Hybrid: This training program will consist of in-person Zoo days, virtual meetings, and online learning. Commit to attending all in-person Zoo days and synchronous meetings. In-person Zoo days will occur on weekends, and multiple times may be offered in order to work with your schedule. Synchronous meetings will be held on select Mondays at 5 p.m. during each session.
  • Pay the $200 program fee.
  • Submit the signed release forms.


Apply Today


Questions? Contact the Dallas Zoo Education department at 469.554.7300 or