As a Junior Zookeeper, you will have the opportunity to work with children, share your love of animals, care for the animals in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm, and work alongside professional Zookeepers.
The Junior Zookeeper program is open to young people ages 12-18. Each spring, the Zoo accepts applications and interviews candidates for the volunteer-based summer program. During your Junior Zookeeper experience, you will learn important job skills, practice public speaking, and develop a strong work ethic.
To participate in the JZK program, participants must:
Level 1 - (Teens Ages 12 and 13) Junior Zookeepers will assist with ZooCamp, and present animal artifacts called “biofacts” to Zoo guests.
Level 2 - (Teens Ages 14 to 18) Junior Zookeepers will care for the animals in the Hy-Vee Face-to-Face Farm, present daily Creature Features to visitors, and help with ZooCamp.
Both levels require a minimum commitment of two 4-hour shifts each week, a negative TB test, and attendance at orientation on May 29. Level 2 JZKs are also required to volunteer for at least one summer special event at the Zoo.
Please note: Levels are based on participant age. No exceptions will be made.
To apply for the Junior Zookeeper Program, download the JZK Information Packet and Application. Submit the application to the Zoo's Education department by Mail: Great Plains Zoo's Junior ZooKeeper Program 805 S. Kiwanis Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57104 or drop off the application at Guest Services. Applications are due April 4th.
Applicants younger than 12 years old as of June 1, 2014 and any incomplete or late applications will not be considered.