Youth Volunteers

Youth Volunteer Program 

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has several programs available for students in 4th through 12th grade.  See below to find the program most appropriate for your child, deadlines and meeting dates.

XYZ (eXplore Your Zoo) - 4th through 6th Grade

What is the XYZ program?  XYZ is designed for students currently in 4th grade through 6th grade (during the 2014/2015 school year) who have an interest in animals and want to expand their knowledge of the natural world. XYZ members will enhance their knowledge and skills from a unique combination of classroom and volunteering experiences.

How do you become a part of the XYZ program? Students interested in applying for the XYZ program will need to complete an application form and one page essay.  Applications are due by January 31, 2015 and will be available for download October 15, 2014.

Students will need to be available for classroom experiences April through September on the FOURTH Saturday of each month. Students will have the opportunity to volunteer during the summer months. 

There is a fee upon acceptance to join the program. Cost is $50 for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium members, $65 for non members and  $20 for returning members.

For more information or questions, please call (402) 738-6901 or youthvolunteers@omahazoo.com.
 
Junior Crew - 7th and 8th Grade

What is the Junior Crew?  Junior Crew is designed to challenge students currently in 7th and 8th grade (during the 2014/2015 school year) in the natural sciences fields including biology and zoology.  Junior Crew members will enhance their knowledge of the natural world along with experiencing rewards from volunteering their time, energy and talents.

Become a part of the Junior Crew!  Students interested in applying for the Junior Crew will need to complete an application form and a one page essay.  Applications are due by January 31, 2015 and will be available for download October 15, 2014. 

Students will need to be available for Junior Crew meetings April through September on the SECOND Saturday of each month.   Students will have the opportunity to volunteer during the summer months.  There is a fee upon acceptance to join the program.  Cost is $50 for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium members, $65 for non members and $20 for returning members.

Zoo Crew - 9th through 12th Grade
Are you a teen who is interested in volunteering at Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium?  Are you interested in animal care, research and conservation?  If so, then we have the perfect opportunity for you!  Zoo Crew is a group of dedicated students who support the Zoo's mission by volunteering their time and talents.  They participate in educational programs, on-grounds programs, and have the opportunity to assist in an animal area.

Zoo Crew is broken into tiers based on the number of years of volunteer service with Zoo Crew.  Tier I students will complete a comprehensive training program that takes a look a the Zoo's animal collection and exhibits, along with a variety of careers in the zoological field.  Combine these class experiences with volunteering and you get one amazing opportunity to explore and learn! 

Cost is $70 for Omaha's Zoo and Aquarium members, $85 for non members. Fee is due upon acceptance to the program. Students interested in the program must turn in the following items:

  • Application 
  • Cover letter (bring to *kick-off meeting)
  • Resume (bring to *kick-off meeting)
  • Three (3) recommendation forms/letters (bring to kick-off meeting) Feel free to use the provided form. Written letters of recommendation are also accepted.

How To Apply For Zoo Crew:
You must attend the Kick-Off Meeting: 

September 20th    4:30 p.m.

You do not need to pre-register to attend this meeting. Please bring a parent/guardian with you to the meeting.

For more information or questions, please call (402) 738-6901 or youthvolunteers@omahazoo.com.