Animal programs

The zoo’s summer program is ideal for teens interested in animal-related careers

LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Columbian Park Zoo is continuing its Zoo Teen program for 2022 and is now accepting applications.

Founded in the late 1990s, the Zoo Teen program has been a “supervised volunteer opportunity” for teens ages 14-17 ever since. Teenagers interested in animal-related careers are encouraged to apply.

“The program equips participants with a variety of transferable job skills, such as interpersonal communication, customer service, time management, professional conduct, leadership and more,” said a statement from Columbian Park Zoo. . “The Zoo Teen program strives to develop knowledgeable and passionate leaders in wildlife conservation and education.”

The program will consist of two four-hour shifts per week over the summer.

“The program equips participants with a variety of transferable job skills, such as interpersonal communication, customer service, time management, business conduct, leadership, and more,” the statement said. “The Zoo Teen program strives to develop knowledgeable and passionate leaders in wildlife conservation and education.”

Applications are available at the Lafayette Parks and Recreation administrative office or online at www.columbianparkzoo.org. The deadline for submitting applications is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 4. According to the release, attendance is limited and acceptance is competitive.

“If invited to participate, candidates must be able to attend the mandatory training dates, including a group interview which will take place on March 12 or March 27, 2022,” the statement said.

The Columbian Park Zoo was established in 1908 and is Indiana’s second oldest zoo. It features several “immersion” exhibits, according to the release, and consists of around 200 animals representing more than 90 species.

Margaret Christopherson is a reporter for the Journal & Courier. Email her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @MargaretJC2