Jobs for Teens
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!
Summer applications for 2022 are now closed. Please check back in August for fall opportunities for teens.
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.
Zoo Club (Online)
Zoo Club 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! Zoo Club meets twice a week from September–May and is open to students from around the world.
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.
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.
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, educational, service-learning opportunity for students entering grades 9–12 or their freshman year of college.
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-4. Counselors-in-Training will work alongside Camp Counselors and Camp Teen Volunteers to support the day-to-day running of the camp.