Roots & Shoots - Teen Volunteers
 Zoo Teens – Summer Camp Counselors – What is Roots & Shoots?

Teens: Would you like to volunteer somewhere that you can make a positive impact on animal welfare, the environment, and children? Then look no further than the Sacramento Zoo! We offer two volunteer programs for teens: Zoo Teens during the school year and Camp Counselors during the summer.


Zoo Teens: Wild about animals, the earth and our community
August - May, Ages 13 – 19
Applications are now closed.

What is a Zoo Teen?
Zoo Teens are a group of 13 – 19 year olds interested in animals, the earth, and our community who volunteer their time on weekends at The Sacramento Zoo.  Zoo Teens will develop their own ideals, views, and passions, to help encourage zoo patrons to become better stewards of the Earth.

What are the requirements to be a Zoo Teen?
Teens must be age 13 – 19 as of September 1st of the application year.
After following the application process and being selected they are required to: 
   Volunteer 8 weekend hours per month Zoo Teens doing a craft
   Maintain a 2.75 grade point average
   Attend all required orientations and meetings

What does a Zoo Teen do?
Zoo Teens primarily spend their time inspiring Zoo visitors to become better stewards of the earth through activity stations.

What are the benefits of being a Zoo Teen?
Sacramento Zoo Teens will learn public speaking skills, gain confidence and initiative, and be encouraged to excel in school and the workplace. As Zoo Teens progress through their years in the program, there will be opportunities for further career exploration through higher level Zoo Teen positions.

How does someone become a Zoo Teen?
Submit all application material, complete an interview, and attend all required training days. All application materials are due before an interview can be conducted.


Summer Camp Counselor
June - August, Ages 15 – 19
Application for 2016 is now closed.

As a counselor, you will help camp teachers prepare for and teach classes for kids ages 4 – 14. You will lead songs and games, tour the kids around the Zoo, and work with teachers and kids to make sure everyone is having a great time. Counselors also help out with our Family Overnight Safaris and spend the night at the Zoo once each summer. You will also run public education stations where you present a craft to the public and talk about our animals and their conservation. No matter what your strengths, there is a part of Zoo Camp that you can excel in!

Summer Camp Counselors

Please Note:

  • Camp Counselors are required to volunteer for 4 weeks (Monday through Friday) of half day shifts and 1 overnight.
  • Morning shifts are 8 am - 1 pm, and Afternoon shifts are noon - 5 pm.
  • *Additional options include: 2 weeks of full day shifts (8 am - 5 pm) or 1 week of full day shifts and 2 weeks of half day shifts.


What is Roots & Shoots?
The Roots & Shoots Mission
To foster respect and compassion for all living things, to promote understanding of all cultures and beliefs and to inspire each individual to take action and make the world a better place for the environment, animals and the human community.

Program Description
Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s global, environmental and humanitarian program for youth. In classrooms, community-based clubs and youth groups, Roots & Shoots members plan and participate in activities and service projects that promote care and concern for animals, the environment, and the human community. Through its diverse international membership, Roots & Shoots fosters respect, understanding and exchange among individuals of different cultures and countries.

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