Junior Zookeeper

Junior Zookeeper

We start accepting applications for the 2016 season January 1, 2016.

What is a Junior Zookeeper?

- A student between 13 – 17 years of age
- Has a love of animals
- Has an interest in the Zoo

What does a Junior Zoo Keeper do?

- Will help with classes and programs conducted at the Zoo
- Interpret at exhibits for the general public (it'll be fun we promise!)
- Make enrichment for the animals
- Help with special events
- Learn to handle program animals.

Have questions?


We'll have an informational meeting March 3, 2016  from 6:00-7:00 pm that answers everything you need to know (parents are strongly encouraged to attend).

Call 309-799-3482 ext 222 to reserve your spot.

What do you need to do to be a Junior Zoo Keeper?
- Fill out and submit the application and essay describing "Why would you like to be a junior zoo keeper?" by April 23, 2016
- Submit a letter of reference from a teacher or non-family member

The Education Department will contact you to set up an interview. Interviews will be offered through May 11, 2016.

Once accepted into the program, all first year program participants will be required to attend a one-week training camp scheduled
June 6-10
from 9:00-2:00.

The fee for this program is $50.00 for Niabi Zoological Society Members and $60.00 for non-members and is due on the first day of camp.

Were you a JZK last year and hoping to be one again this year? You just need to fill out the application and submit it by April 23, 2016.

JZK training for 2nd and 3rd years will be May 15, 21-22 from 1:00-5:00

The 2016 Junior Zookeeper Application is available. Applications are due April 23, 2016.