Teen Keeper Program

The Teen Keeper Program at Potter Park Zoo provides a great opportunity for teens, ages 13 to 18, to explore some of the many career pathways that work with the wonderful world of animals. Meet all of the animals that Zoo visitors rarely get to see as you take the experience to the next level – with a backstage pass to find out what zookeepers do behind the scenes. Teens will have the opportunity to assist the zoo keeping staff with the animals’ daily care, work with the education staff in the Zookambi summer school program, assist the contact area staff with the operations of the Farmyard area and help care for the Pony Path Area ponies. Sound like fun? Apply today!

How to apply:

Please submit a completed application and a letter of recommendation from a current teacher. Home-schooled candidates must submit a letter of recommendation from a non-family adult. Returning Teen Keepers need only submit the completed application form for consideration when re-applying.

Click here to download the application

Due to the high volume of interested teens applying for a limited number of program openings, all applications must be complete, submitted with a letter of recommendation, and be postmarked no later than April 1, 2015 to be considered. 

As you are filling out your application, just a few important reminders:

  • Applicants must be at least 13 years old by April 1, 2015
  • New applicants must also include a letter of recommendation from a teacher.
  • Participants are required to give a minimum of 25 hours during the summer
  • Participants will be primariy working outside
  • All teen volunteers MUST select an orientation date and attend the session with a parent or guardian
  • All teens must select a T-shirt size
  • A $25.00 program fee will be assessed and includes a uniform T-shirt and name badge.  The fee will be collected when you attend orientation


If you need further information or have questions, please contact us at 517-342-2714 or 517-342-2769.

Mail to:

Summer Teen Volunteer Program
Potter Park Zoological Society
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912

Hand deliver to:

Potter Park Zoological Society
1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave.
Lansing, MI 48912
Mon. - Fri., 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.