The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park offers an array of Teen Programs aimed at encouraging education and curiosity for New York State's natural environment. 

Zookeeper experience

Zookeeper Experience

Our ZooKeepers are the heart of the zoo. We couldn't house happy, healthy animals without ZooKeepers to care for their every need. The ZooKeeper Experience provides participants with the opportunity to witness first-hand what it takes to provide the husbandry, enrichment, maintenance, & other daily care to keep our animals healthy, both physically & mentally/emotionally. These hardworking individuals perform in rain or shine, humidity or snow, & everything in between...come prepared to get dirty & to make some lifelong memories!

Volunteer Watertown NY


An amazing opportunity for teens who are in their senior year or currently enrolled in college. Interns at the zoo have the ability to take on unique projects and make a positive impact while learning what it takes to work in a non-profit or zoo environment. Applicants must be part of an existing program. 

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