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Returning Zoo Crew

Teen Leadership Council

The Teen Leadership Council is a highly-motivated group of returning Zoo Crew members who lead and mentor their Zoo Crew peers. This is an opportunity for returning Zoo Crew to build leadership skills while providing insight into how we can improve the Zoo Crew program.

Leadership Position Options

Returning Zoo Crew in good standing can apply for the following Teen Leadership positions:

Open spots on the 2021-2022 Teen Leadership Council are as follows:

  • 4 Lead Naturalist positions
  • 2 Lead Conservation Mentor positions
  • 1 Historian/Camp Zoofari Historian position

Mandatory Requirements

To apply, teens must have completed at least one summer of Zoo Crew, be in good standing, and be at least 15 years old by May 31 and cannot turn 18 before December 31 of the year they would be participating as a Teen Leadership Council member.

Teen Leadership Council members will be required to attend three meetings prior to the summer, attend all five weeks of either the first half (June 7-July 9) or second half (July 12-August 13) of summer Zoo Crew, and continue through the Year-Round Zoo Crew program following the summer. Council members have a 2 year maximum term limit. *Please note the summer schedule is different for the Camp Zoofari Historian as it aligns with the Camp Zoofari schedule. Please see position description above for more details.

Mandatory Training Dates:

  • Sunday, March 28, 2021: 9am-4pm
  • Sunday, April 18, 2021: 9am-4pm
  • Sunday, May 9, 2021: 9am-4pm


How To Apply for the Teen Leadership Council

Applications are now closed. Check back in December for more details about next year’s applications.


If selected, interviews for Teen Leadership Council will occur in February or March and will be scheduled on an individual basis. Applicants will be chosen based on their application, interview, and previous evaluations.

Teen Leadership Council Program Fees

Because Teen Leadership Council members are also considered Returning Zoo Crew, the same program fees apply.

  • Summer fee: $150
  • Year-Round fee: $200

Unable to attend our information sessions? A recording from our 2021 information sessions will be posted here afterward.


Check out our Adventure Programs for more ways for teens to get involved with the Houston Zoo!

Adventure Programs

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