Year-Round Teen Volunteer Roles

Teen volunteers ages 13 and up play a key role in animal care and providing and engaging and fun visitor experience throughout the year.  If you are interested in volunteering with us in a year-round or school year position, please review the volunteer opportunities below and fill out our General Volunteer Application Form

Our live animals require daily care, and we have a team of teen assistants who help us make sure they are fed and watered, and that their cages are kept clean and safe. This job often requires the handling of animals themselves, and we need volunteers who are willing to do this without fear.  
Volunteers help us water plants in the park, remove invasive species, and other park maintenance jobs.
Volunteers help guide children and their families in fun and educational activities during our Spring Fling, Family Fun Nights, Pumpkin Patch. 2 or 3 hour shifts.
Middle and High School students are invited to be counselors at camps for 5 – 10 year olds. One-day School’s Out Day Camps are held during winter holidays and spring break. Camp counselors assist the teachers and help individual campers with crafts, projects, games, etc.

Training is provided for individuals or groups of people interested in volunteer positions that require guidance and specialized instruction

Summer Volunteer Positions

Teen volunteers play a key role in our summer programs. The application window for our 2021 Summer Teen Volunteer Program has now closed. Our next opportunities for Teen Volunteers will open up during the 2021-2022 school year.  

If you are over 13 years old and you are interested in volunteering with us over the summer NEXT YEAR, please check back here in early spring 2022 for our summer volunteer opportunities, and fill out the Summer Teen Volunteer Application Form when it goes live and submit it, along with the General Volunteer Application.

Middle and High School students are invited to be counselors at camps for 5 – 10 year olds. Week-long camps are held between June and August. Camp counselors assist the teachers and help individual campers with crafts, projects, games, etc.
Teens who assist with our Sneak-a-Peek program work with the instructor, an NDC Staff member, to prepare craft and other class materials, help children ages 3.5 – 5 with class activities and and crafts, and help clean up after class is over.  Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors.
Teens lead our Nature Story Time on Wednesdays at 4pm throughout the summer, reading themed books and assisting preschoolers and their caregivers with simple crafts and/or songs and other activities.
Our live animals require daily care, and we have a team of teen assistants who help us make sure they are fed and watered, and that their cages are kept clean and safe. This job often requires the handling of animals themselves, and we need volunteers who are willing to do this without fear.

Mandatory training sessions are provided for all Summer Teen Volunteers.