Teen Volunteer Programs

Volunteer Opportunities for Teens

If you have a passion for animals and the environment, and enjoy being around people who share your passion, Roger Williams Park Zoo’s volunteer program may just be right for you!  Our teenaged volunteers are critical to achieving our mission and are an indispensable part of the Zoo team; their enriching interactions with Zoo visitors, along with their endless enthusiasm, dedication and support are priceless.

Questions? Contact the Volunteer Management Office at Volunteer@rwpzoo.org or call (401) 785-3510 ext 356.

Play Partner (Ages 16+)

Play Partner volunteers facilitate and support children’s free play at Hasbro’s Big Backyard at the Roger Williams Park Zoo. In this space, Play Partners help families create memories through outdoor play experiences that connect them to the natural world. While this position doesn’t work with the handling or care of animals – the Big Backyard is home to animal exhibits including honey bees, ravens, and the natural wildlife of the neighboring wetlands in addition to outdoor play areas. 

This volunteer opportunity is great way to grow skills and experience with play-based early childhood education, and to explore the introduction of environmental education at the developmental level with infants through elementary ages.

Click HERE for the 2022 Play Partner Application

We will be accepting applications for the upcoming season through March 13, 2022.

Questions? Please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

Zoo Crew Counselor in Training (Grades 7-12)

Zoo Crew Counselor in Training is a volunteer opportunity open to teens in grades 7-12. CITs assist in the ZooCamp experience, and help maintain a safe and enjoyable environment for campers (ages 4-10) by encouraging participation, modeling ZooCamp expectations and assisting campers with skills during activities or crafts. 

Applications for this program are closed for the 2022 season. If you would like to stay in touch about this program or other opportunities, please sign up for email notifications here.

If you have questions, please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

Zoo Crew Junior Docent (Grades 7-12)

Zoo Crew Junior Docent program is designed for students in grades 7-12.  Junior docents work with their adult counterparts to engage with and help educate visitors to the zoo, helping guests explore subjects that include vet care, animal diets, animal care, and conservation. Participants will have an opportunity to improve their communication, customer service and teamwork skills, as well as learn more about the zoo, its animals and the importance of conservation efforts.

Applications are not open at this time.

Questions? Please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.

Youth Advisory Council (Ages 16-21)

Roger Williams Park Zoo values the input, perspectives, and leadership of its community’s youth and is seeking a diverse group of individuals ages 16-21 to join the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council. 

The Roger Williams Park Zoo Youth Advisory Council will inform future RWPZ initiatives by providing thoughtful feedback and a unique perspective.  Members will serve as a voice for youth within the Zoo and community.  Youth Advisory Council members will collaborate to lead, design, and execute various initiatives and projects that will positively impact the Zoo, community, animals, and the environment. 

Participation in the RWPZ Youth Advisory Council requires a commitment of 2 years with participation in an orientation weekend and weekly meetings.  Participation in the council is unpaid.

Applications are not open at this time.

 If you have questions, or would like to be on our contact roster for this program please contact Volunteer@rwpzoo.org.