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.
Currently, Conservation Ambassadors Board meetings will be held in-person at Lincoln Park Zoo. Remote meetings may be necessary due to ongoing COVID-19 conditions and City and State guidelines. During the selection process preference will be given to teens who are able to working both in-person and remote.
To qualify, an applicant must:
- Be a City of Chicago resident.
- Be entering grades 9–12 at the time of application.
- Lincoln Park Zoo is committed to an environment that is inclusive and welcoming. We celebrate the diverse qualities, perspectives, values and experiences of all people. In Lincoln Park Zoo’s ongoing effort to sustain an inclusive community, we welcome and strongly encourage diverse applicants based on race, disability, gender, and socio-economic status to apply.
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.
Submit your application online below!
- 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 Chicago Public School (CPS) winter break. There will be one meeting during CPS spring break but program participants will have the chance to join that meeting remotely.
- Lincoln Park Zoo staff will host an in-person, outdoor, socially distanced kick-off and training event the weekend of October 16 and 17.