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.


CITs will:

- 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.


Benefits:

- 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.


Name and address


Demographic Information


Contact Information

Please provide the following information for your Parent/Guardian:



Academic/Professional Reference

Please list at least one academic or professional reference (this can be a teacher, coach, scout leader, family friend, etc.) By providing this reference you are authorizing Zoo New England to contact this individual regarding your suitability for our CIT program.



Availability

Please indicate sessions of camp you would be available for:

Session 1: June 15-19 (campers 3-4 year olds)

Session 2: June 22-26 (campers 5-7 year olds)

Session 3: June 29-July 3 (campers 5-7 year olds)

Session 4: July 6-10 (campers 5-7 year olds)

Session 5: July 13-17 (campers 8-10 year olds)

Session 6: July 20-24 (campers 8-10 year olds)

Session 7: July 27-31 (campers 8-10 year olds)

Session 8: August 3-7 (campers 11-13 year olds. CIT Must be 16+)

Session 9: August 10-14 (campers 11-13 year olds. CIT Must be 16+)

Session 10: August 17-21 (campers 3-4 year olds)



Education


Interest

Please explain why you would like to become a CIT at ZooCamp:



Special Skills

Please Briefly describe any special skills you have that would be helpful as a CIT:



Experience

Do you have any experience working with children or other camp experience?



Role Model

What makes you a good role model to campers?



Further Comments

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about why you would make a good CIT?