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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 do we have the programs for you!

We’re currently accepting applications from interested teens. Applications will be accepted through March 31.

Teen interns pose for a photo


Teen interns help facilitate educational programming

Malott Family Zoo Intern Program (Online)

Chicago high school students, ages 15–18, work as interpreters and create digital projects to inform the public and their peers about animal science and conservation during an educational, four-week, paid internship. Applicants must be entering grades 10–12 or their freshman year of college.

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Zoo Club (Online)

Zoo Club is a free opportunity for teens to engage with Lincoln Park Zoo remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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.

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Teen interns work inside Regenstein Center for African Apes

Conservation Ambassadors Board (Online)

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 2021.

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Teen interns observe wildlife at Nature Boardwalk

Malott Family Research Apprenticeship Program (cancelled)

Chicago high school students, ages 16–18, spend eight 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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Children and volunteers play beneath a colorful tent

Camp Teen Volunteer (cancelled)

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.

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