The Conservation Ambassadors Board encourages Chicago teens to learn about Lincoln Park Zoo conservation initiatives and plan projects to share this work with their peers and the general public, developing leadership skills and zoo-career knowledge in the process. Teens work on tasks related to promotion, finance, event planning, and learning activities. Zoo educators provide guidance and advice, but decisions are led by board members, who determine the specific details of each project.
All meetings will be held remotely until further notice.
To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a City of Chicago resident
- Be entering grades 9–12 at the time of application
Board members must be available for all meeting dates. Specific dates will be provided to potential participants upon being offered an interview. Two absences may be accommodated in case of overlap with other extracurricular programs, but these absences must be communicated in advance to program staff and the board’s elected officials.
During the application process, you will be asked to create a Slideroom account. Please use an email address that you check regularly, as all communication regarding your application will be sent to this account. You must submit your application by Monday, September 14.
- Planning meetings will be held remotely over Zoom until further notice. Meetings occur two Saturdays a month from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. This timeframe will include both group meetings and independent work time. There are no meetings over CPS winter break or spring break.
- Lincoln Park Zoo staff will host an in-person, outdoor, socially distanced kick-off and training event in late September or early October. This event will be optional and scheduled around the availability of accepted applicants.