Zoo Crew

Zoo Crew

ZooCamp CIT with Tadpole Academy Campers
Zoo Crew is a great way for teens to get involved at the Zoo and make a difference!


Email volunteer@rwpzoo.org

Teen Volunteer Program

Zoo Crew is a volunteer opportunity open to teens entering 8th - 12th grade in the Fall of 2017. All Zoo Crew teen volunteers will learn important leadership & communication skills while being a part of a passionate team!

Teens joining the program in 2017 have the opportunity to begin as a Zoo Crew CIT (Counselor in Training), helping camp counselors keep campers safe and engaged in games, songs, crafts, and more.

After the first summer of Zoo Crew, all Zoo Crew members can apply to be a Junior Keeper and work alongside our animal keepers (please note that this has limited availability). Once the busy season winds down, Zoo Crew members can still participate in activities such as volunteering for special events, service projects and field trips throughout the year.

If you have questions about any of these opportunities, please contact volunteer@rwpzoo.org, or at (401) 785-3510 x356.

Find out more about how to become a:

Zoo Crew Jr. DocentsNow accepting applications through April 29th.

Zoo Crew CIT: Now accepting applications for the 2017 season.

Zoo Crew Junior Docent


The Zoo Crew Junior Docent program is designed to give students in grades 7-12 the opportunity to engage the Zoo’s visitors through short, education-based interactions.  Junior Docents, working with RWPZ’s year-round Docents, look for opportunities to enhance the visitor experience while providing education and conservation messaging.  This often includes the use of animal-related materials such as bones, pelts, and feathers (or their replicas) as well as hands-on activities.  Junior Docents will build their skills in communication, teamwork, teaching, and public speaking while providing entertaining and rewarding experiences to our guests.

Jr. Docents will:

  • - Look for opportunities to enhance guests’ visits and establish connections.
  • - Respond to guest inquiries.
  • - Help guests examine and discuss a variety of animal-related materials (biofacts), including pelts, feathers, bones, teeth, and/or their replicas.
  • - Engage with guests at themed play and exploration areas such as the Contact Yard and Farm Stand.

Time Commitment:
CITs must be able to commit for 7 shifts during the summer; minimum one season commitment

Download the 2017 Jr. Docent Application>

Zoo Crew CIT (Counselor-in-Training)


CITs are teen volunteers within our Zoo Crew program. CITs will assist in the ZooCamp experience and help maintain a safe, fun environment for campers (ages 4-10) by encouraging participation, modeling ZooCamp expectations and assisting campers with skills during activities or crafts; CITs will be supervised by ZooCamp staff while working as part of the ZooCamp team, and will gain extensive experience in the organization of camp programs, teamwork, public speaking, and group management.

CITs will:

  • - Enthusiastically greet ZooCampers and their families at the start of each day.
  • - Assist campers in finding and using their cubbies and in acclimating to the ZooCamp environment.
  • - Encourage campers to participate in morning games and daily camp activities.
  • - Model ZooCamp expectations for campers to encourage safe and respectful behavior.
  • - Help foster a love of nature and learning in campers through maintaining an enthusiastic, positive attitude.
  • - Help create and maintain a safe, welcoming, fun environment for ZooCampers, utilizing tools such as songs and group games when appropriate.
  • - Facilitate a variety of Playpod activities for campers during the lunch period.
  • - Assist ZooCamp staff in maintaining camper safety while out on Zoo grounds, such as during a tour on when walking to Gate 2 for check-out.
  • - Remain with campers and ZooCamp staff during the day.
  • - Be present for both AM and PM meetings as well as occasional team building events on evenings or weekends.
  • - Help ensure camp runs smoothly and efficiently by assisting with any related tasks, administrative or otherwise, as directed by ZooCamp counselors, Junior Counselors, Assistant ZooCamp Director or ZooCamp Director.

Time Commitment:
CITs must be able to commit for at least four (4) weeks of summer ZooCamp, plus one week of either Winter (2/20-2/24) or Spring (4/17-4/21) ZooCamp as a working interview.