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If you are at least 18 years of age, like working with people and nature then becoming an adult volunteer at Binder Park Zoo might be just the thing for you. Volunteer application and criminal history background are required. For more information, please call (269) 979-1351 or email

If you have an organized group that is looking for a volunteer activity that would help the community, please contact our zoo office, or email for more specific information.

Experience what it is like to work at the Zoo. Binder Park Zoo offers two Zoo Teen Programs each of which strive to provide our Zoo Teens with a fun, educational and worthwhile summer experience at our zoo. Zoo Teens are required to volunteer a minimum of 40 hours between June and October 2017.

Jr. Zoo Keepers - Teens that opt for this program will work with our Animal Care Staff and will learn about basic animal husbandry (feeding and cleaning), care and well-being of our zoo animals. Teens must be willing to work inside and outside, rain or shine and be willing to get dirty.
Jr. Zoo Educators- Teens that opt for this program will work with our Education Staff helping out with camps, birthday parties, overnights, bio-fact stations and Critter Encounters with live animals. Teens need to feel comfortable around children and talking to the public.
*Only Jr. Zoo Educators can partake in animal handling training.

To apply Zoo Teens must download and submit a Zoo Teen application, TB test and tetanus and may be required to interview.  Ability to work unsupervised is a must.  Both programs require a 40 hour commitment and have a $125 fee.  For more information call (269) 979-1351.If you are are a returning Zoo Teen, please reapply here.

Instructions for ZooTeens to apply online
  1. Download Volunteer Form .pdf to your computer.

  2. Open .pdf file using Adobe Acrobat Reader

  3. Use “Fill & Sign” option (found in the Tools drop down menu or “Fill & Sign” option on the side menu of your pdf).

  4. Save your changes and email form to


Equal Opportunity Organization
Binder Park Zoological Society, Inc. offers employment opportunities, education programs, and services without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, disability, age, height, weight, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, or gender identity.


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