Description: CITs are volunteers ages 14-17 within our ZooCamp program.
Commitment: 2-4 weeks of summer ZooCamp
Summary of Responsibilities:
CITs are volunteers aged 14-17 that help with our summer ZooCamp program. The CITs will be supervised by the ZooCamp staff and will be responsible for assisting them with maintaining a fun, safe, and educational environment for the campers. This is done by modeling ZooCamp expectations, assisting campers, and encouraging participation throughout the week. The CIT program will provide teen volunteers with experience in conservation, education, working with children within a camp setting, classroom management, and working as part of a team.
- Assist other CITs, Camp Counselors, and the ZooCamp Director with all aspects of camp for ages 3-13.
- Assist in before and after care for campers.
- Learn how to lead different components of ZooCamp including games, crafts, and activities.
- Learn about the animals that call Stone Zoo home to better teach campers.
- Learn how to handle select ambassador animals at the discretion of the Education Department Staff.
Each applicant must:
- Complete the following application by April 1st.
- Be a student aged 14-17. Grade/age verification may be required.
- Have completed at least one year of ZooCamp at Stone Zoo as a camper.
- Commit to 2-4 full weeks of summer ZooCamp, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday – Friday.
- Commit to participate in two mandatory trainings; Tuesday, May 19 from 5-7 pm (parent attendance required) and Sunday, May 31st from noon - 4 pm.
- Arrive on time and stay for their entire shift and have reliable transportation to and from the zoo.
- Enjoy interacting with children and demonstrate interest in conservation and zoos.
- Show they want to promote Zoo New England’s messages, mission, and goals.
- Adhere to all ZooCamp and Zoo New England policies and procedures. [This is critical for their own safety and for the safety and well-being of camp participants and animals at ZNE]
- Interview with Camp Director upon receipt of completed application.
- Submit negative TB test results if accepted into the CIT program.
- A great learning experience that’s fun and contributes to the zoo and to participants in camp programs.
- Resume-building skills and opportunities for professional development.
- Community service hours for school, sports teams, etc.
- Free year-round admission to Franklin Park Zoo/Stone Zoo for yourself.