Meerkat in exhibit

Jobs for Teens

Teen interns pose for a photo

Lincoln Park Zoo offers a variety of programs geared specifically to teens. Ever wondered what it’s like to work at a zoo? Enjoy teaching others? Then we have the program for you!

We are currently accepting applications for fall teen programs. Visit this link to apply before September 11. The summer program application will be posted in February 2024.


Malott Family Zoo Intern Program

Chicago high school students, ages 15–18, work as on-grounds interpreters to inform the public about animal science and conservation. Teens also work on independent projects during this educational, seven-week, paid internship. Applicants must be entering grades 10–12 or their freshman year of college.

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ZooClub (Online)

ZooClub is a free opportunity for teens to engage with Lincoln Park Zoo remotely. Stay connected to Lincoln Park Zoo while building skills in care, community, and conservation! ZooClub meets twice a week from September–May and is open to students from around the world.

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Conservation Ambassadors Board

Share zoo conservation work by planning special events for your peers. This program is a full school-year commitment, with members meeting two Saturdays a month from September–May. Students in grades 9–12 may apply in August.

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Malott Family Research Apprenticeship Program

Chicago high school students, ages 16–18, spend seven weeks working alongside zoo researchers and engaging in authentic scientific research during this educational, paid apprenticeship. Applicants must be entering grades 11–12 or their freshman year of college.

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Camp Teen Volunteer

Chicago high school students, ages 13–18, spend five weeks assisting with the day-to-day running of Conservation Camp for grades preK–8. This is an unpaid, service-learning opportunity for students entering grades 9–12 or their freshman year of college.

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Counselor-in-Training Position

The Counselor-in-Training position is for fun, high-energy teens who enjoy working with children, want to learn from others, and have an interest in the natural world. This position works in our Conservation Camp, which serves campers in grades preK-5. Counselors-in-Training will work alongside Camp Counselors and Camp Teen Volunteers to support the day-to-day running of the camp.

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