From zookeepers, to groundskeepers, to our marketing department, Zoo Crew Explorers will learn about all the different career possibilities and how each of our staff members are active in saving wildlife. They will also have the opportunity to share our animal saving messages with Zoo guests through interactive activities and mentor our campers in our Camp Zoofari summer camp.
Dates and Times
The Zoo Crew Explorers program is a five-week summer program. All first-year teens, regardless of age, must complete a summer of Zoo Crew Explorers before they are able to participate in our year-round programming.
2020 Zoo Crew Explorers summer dates are broken into two sessions:
- Session 1: June 1-July 3
- Session 2: July 6-August 7
All five weeks are Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
To participate, teens must be 13 years old by the start of the program on June 1st and they cannot turn 18 before the end of their selected session.
Mandatory Orientation and Trainings
- May 9th 9:00am-12:00pm
- Both parents and Zoo Crew must attend
- Session 1 – May 25th 8:30am-4:30pm
- Session 2 – July 3rd 8:30am-4:30pm
Once first-year teens have completed the Zoo Crew Explorers program they are eligible to continue their experience in our year-round Zoo Crew programs.
Applications and Interviews
Applications for summer 2020 will open on January 20 and be due March 16.
Interviews will be held on March 28 and April 11.
If you are selected for an interview, you will be given the opportunity to choose which date and time you would like to interview.
All applicants will be notified of acceptance by the end of April.
Zoo Crew Explorers Program Fees
- Summer only: $250
- Year-round: additional $200
Unable to attend our information sessions? Check out our presentation here: Houston Zoo Teen Programs Information Session 2020.
Check out our Adventure Programs for more ways for teens to get involved with the Houston Zoo!
Questions? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 713-533-6567