The Keeper In Training (KIT) program is designed for teens who want to learn what it is like to work in an animal centered career. These volunteers will work closely with our professional animal keepers and assist with animal diet preparation and cleaning in the habitats and visitor areas. KITs will also educate the public by interpreting our animals on exhibit and by using biofacts. After 6 months of dependable service, KITs will have the opportunity to train to handle certain education animals. Because of the greater time commitment and supervision by the keepers, teens volunteer on their own without a parent. Read full description here.
Requirements: Teens must be 13-17 years old during time of service. An extensive training program for newly selected KITs will be provided in April/May 2014. New KIT’s will then be expected to volunteer for two 6-hour shifts (9am-3pm) per month through October 2014 at a minimum. The longer KITs volunteer, the more their responsibilities and privileges will increase. To apply:
- Complete the Keeper In Training questionnaire
- Write a one page essay explaining why you want to be a Keeper In Training.
- Send the completed form and essay by March 21st to: Nikii Finch-Morales, Director of Wildlife, 1651 Coyote Point Drive, San Mateo, CA 94401