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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 Zoo Crew year-round program.

Zoo Crew Details

Year-round Zoo Crew members will volunteer in areas of the zoo including:

  • Guest engagement at the Dallas Zoo 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 animal zoologists with animal care and husbandry duties
  • Assisting with education programs including: camps, overnights, 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.



Year-round participants will schedule their own shifts.

Pay an annual renewal fee of $75 due by May 1 to continue as a Zoo Crew volunteer.


With a self-scheduling model, volunteering opportunities are available year-round.

Application Process

All individuals interested in the year-round Zoo Crew are required to first participate in the Zoo Crew Training Program. Upon completion of the training program, youth learning staff will invite select individuals to join Zoo Crew.


Zoo Crew Training Program – 2021

This training program is blend of online and in-person experiences that will show you the many ways the Dallas Zoo works to Create a Better World for Animals and give you a chance to be part of it. Sessions will consist of a mix of in-person zoo days, virtual meetings, and online learning. Over the course of the session, you will spend time exploring the following:

  • The role guest engagement plays in the Zoo’s mission and how to engage 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


Upon completion of the training program, participants may be invited to join Zoo Crew year-round program.


  • Apply & interview for a spot in one of our sessions
  • Pay the $200 program fee
  • Submit a signed release form
  • Commit to attending all in-person zoo days and synchronous meetings (2 excused absences allowed, prior notification of absences required)
  • 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 Fridays at 5:00 p.m. during each session.

2021 Training Program Sessions


April 18 – June 5, 2021

*We are no longer accepting applications for the Spring session*


June 20 – August 1, 2021

Last day to apply: May 10

*We are no longer accepting applications for the Summer session*


September 26 – November 7, 2021

Last day to apply: August 16

Apply Now

Questions? Contact the Dallas Zoo Education department at 469.554.7300 or