Akron Zoo provides opportunities for teens to get involved

11:37 AM, Jan 17, 2013   |    comments
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AKRON -- The Akron Zoo is seeking teens who are looking for volunteer experience to join the sixth Junior Interpreter program.

Duties include assisting with ZooCamp, birthday parties, the touch tank, special events and more.

The program, which runs from Memorial Day to Labor Day, is for teens between 14-18 years old and entering the 9th-12th grades.

Since its inception, 58 teens have volunteered with the Junior Interpreters program, contributing more than 19,100 hours to the Akron Zoo.

Junior Interpreters are required to contribute a total of two days per week during the summer and some weekends during school. No formal training or background in education or work experience is required. However, students must demonstrate a willingness to learn about animals and conservation and have good communication and customer service skills.

Interested teens must fill out an application and submit two forms of recommendation before they can be interviewed.

If selected to participate, there is a $100 fee. All volunteers will get a shirt, name tag, water bottle, an end-of-the-season party and more.

For more information people can visit www.akronzoo.org or call Deb Brady at (330) 375-2550 ext. 7213.


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