Junior Zookeepers at Wildlife Safari

The Junior Zookeeper program at Wildlife Safari allows children ages 10 to 17 the unique opportunity to learn about a variety of animals and to share their knowledge with the public. The newly developed Junior Zookeeper program was created with the goal of providing more opportunities for children to broaden their experiences, explore what it is like to work in a zoo and to develop an appreciation for the natural world. The Junior Zookeeper program has proven to be a great way for kids to learn responsibility, build leadership skills, gain self-confidence and get actual quality time with animals.

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Junior Zookeeper Program Activities

Activities within the Junior Zookeeper program vary for each participant depending on their past involvement in the program, the amount of time they have spent at the park and their individual interests and abilities. Here are just some of activities a Junior Zookeeper will have the chance to be involved with!

Animal Husbandry 

Animal husbandry includes all of the activities that go into caring for, cleaning up after, feeding and generally working with animals. Students in the Jr program will have the opportunity to learn about the unique care concerns of animals in the education department, learn to properly handle & present them and discover all of the ways that Wildlife Safari animal keepers tend to animals.

Responsibility for the Children’s Petting Zoo

Managing the Children’s Zoo involves assuring the public has an enjoyable experience in the contact area and that animal interaction is comfortable & fun for the animals, too. Juniors assist the zookeepers in keeping the area clean for the animals & the public, grooming the animals and monitoring the well being of all who enjoy the Children’s Zoo.

Summer Camps

Junior Zookeepers play an integral role in presenting Wildlife Safari summer camps. They help out by playing games, leading activities, providing examples to students and creating crafts for camp participants.

Village Booths & Animal Presentations 

Juniors are trained to assist in the sharing of animal facts and “interpreting” zoo exhibits, connecting live animals and the public.

Special Events

Jr Zookeepers also have the opportunity to assist with various special events taking place during the summer, allowing them to gain both animal-related and operational-focused looks at just what it takes to run a zoo!

Junior Zookeepers 2017

Children ages 10 to 17 years old (by May 1, 2017) are welcome to apply to become a 2017 Junior Zookeeper. Shifts for the program are 8:00am- 12:00pm and 12:30pm- 4:00pm, 5 days a week. When applying, two calendars for availability must be filled out. Participants will be emailed a final calendar prior to the student’s start date. 2017 sessions are June, July & August and students may register for one or more sessions. The fee to participate as a Jr Zookeeper is $110 per month.

To apply to become a Jr Zookeeper; 

  • Print the Junior Zookeeper Leadership Program Letter of Recommendation in the application packet and ask one adult who knows you well and who is not related to you to complete the letter,
  • Complete the Junior Zookeeper Application 2017 packet found below,
  • Complete the Medical Waiver and Authorization Form (including proof of a negative TB screening),
  • Complete 2 copies of the Calendar of Availability (keep one copy, hand the other copy in),
  • And prepare your payment (credit card, debit card, check or cash)

When all materials are gathered, please mail them to:

Wildlife Safari Junior Zookeeper Program Registration

PO Box 1600, Winston, OR 97496

The education department can be contacted at 541.679.6761 ex 221 or by emailing education@wildlifesafari.net.

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