Thank you for your interest in the Teen Corps program at Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden.

This program is available to any teenager aged 15 to 18 who resides in the city of Columbus or is a student in the Columbus City School District. Applicants should have an interest in the environment, gardening and entrepreneurship and have an interest in sharing knowledge with the public at our weekly farmer’s market.

A complete application consists of this application form and two recommendation forms that should be completed by two different adults who are not related to you (teachers, counselors, scout leaders, etc). These reference forms can be downloaded from the Teen Corps website (

If you are under 16, please be aware that you will have to provide a minor work permit to be able to participate in Teen Corps. Please contact your high school office about obtaining this required form.

Interviews for Teen Corps 2021 will take place over Zoom. These will be scheduled after the application deadline.

Application deadline is April 30th. No late applications will be accepted.

Requirements for the Teen Corps Program

1. A student in the Columbus City School District or resident of the city of Columbus.

2. 15-18 years old on or before June 1, 2021

3. Have reliable transportation to the Franklin Park Conservatory. TRANSPORTATION IS NOT PROVIDED. The hours expected are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 8am-12:30 pm. You will also be expected to work alternating Wednesday shift times, depending on which market group you are assigned. Some Wednesdays you will work from 8am-2:30pm and other Wednesdays you will work from 1:30-8pm.

About You

Parent or Guardian Information

Please list a parent or guardian and someone who could be contacted in case a parent or guardian is unavailable.

How did you find out about Teen Corps?

Tell us how you found out about the program

Teen Corps Interest Statement

Tell us why you are interested in the Teen Corps program and what you hope to gain from your experience

Work or Volunteer Experience

Please let us know about any prior or current work and/or volunteer experience you have

Why are you a good fit for Teen Corps?

List three reasons or character traits that would make you a good fit for the Teen Corps program:

How do you deal with problems and mistakes?

Give an example of one time you made a mistake or did something wrong. How did you handle it?

Potential Program Conflicts

Do you have any conflicts that would interfere with your work schedule; Monday, June 14th – Friday, August 6th (eg. Basketball tournament, family vacation). Please describe:

Do you have reliable transportation?

Please describe any potential transportation difficulties you may have

Reference Form

Please download the Reference form from the website. Two individual reference forms may be mailed directly to the conservatory or scanned and emailed to the following:

Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Garden

Teen Corps

1777 East Broad Street

Columbus, OH 43203


I agree that this application has been completed thoroughly and truthfully without omission or embellishment to my abilities and/or experience. Further, I understand that should it be discovered that I provided false, inaccurate, or misleading information, I may be terminated as a participant in the Teen Corps program. It is understood that this application, as well as further documents, will remain confidential within the Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens Teen Corps organization.

I understand that submitting my application for Teen Corps does not guarantee my selection for the program.