Akron Zoo provides opportunities for teens to get involved | News
AKRON, OH - The Akron Zoo is looking for teen volunteers that are interested in animals and conservation for their Junior Interpreter program for the 2013 season. The program runs from Memorial Day – Labor Day and the Junior Interpreters assist the zoo’s Education Department with various activities.
The program, in its sixth year, is for teens, ages 14-18 years old and entering the 9th – 12th grades in the fall of 2013. Junior Interpreters are required to contribute a total of two days per week during the summer and some weekends during school. No formal training or background in education or work experience is required. However students must demonstrate a willingness to learn about animals and conservation and have good communication and customer service skills. Duties include assisting with ZooCamp, birthday parties, the touch tank, special events and more.
Interested teens must fill out an application and submit two forms of recommendation and then will be interviewed. If chosen there is a $100 participation fee and teens will get a shirt, name tag, water bottle, manual, end of the season party and more. In its five years 58 teens have volunteered with the Junior Interpreters program, contributing over 19,100 hours to the Akron Zoo. For more information people can visit www.akronzoo.org or call Deb Brady at (330) 375-2550 ext. 7213.
The Akron Zoo is open 361 days a year. Winter hours are 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. and admission is $6.00 per person. Children under two are free. The parking fee is $2.00. For more information visit www.akronzoo.org or call (330) 375-2550.
Founded in 1953, the Akron Zoo is a non-profit, world conservation Zoo with over 700 animals from around the world. Located just west of Downtown Akron, the Zoo strives to provide a dynamic, financially responsible, guest centered animal experience that is energized by innovation and fun. The Akron Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats.