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Summer Zookeeper Apprentice Program

The Zookeeper Apprentice Program (ZAP) is an exciting opportunity for the young people of our community. ZAP will allow teens to work in all areas of the Zoo as part of a progressive learning experience. All new teens, 14 years and older will start at a freshman level. By the end of this four year program, students will have gained immeasurable knowledge about the inner-workings of a zoo and made life-long friendships.

Cleaning Animal Areas Learn from Keepers
Interact with Zoo guests. Hands-On Projects
Diet Preparation Assist in Daily Routines
All Groups are Supervised Up Close Experience with the Animals

 

Zookeeper Apprentice Program Fees

In order to successfully run these programs, a fee will be required for each session.

  • Freshman and Sophomore level fees are $165 for Zoo members and $185 for non-members.
  • Junior and Senior levels are $110 for Zoo members and $130 for non-members.

One partial scholarship is available for each session.

Teens will need to fill out the ZAP Application, ZAP Contract and ZAP Permission Form. Please return these documents to the Cargill Learning Center or mail to the address provided on form.

Freshman Level

Teens choose a three week session to join:
June 9 • June 30 • July 21
Sessions are from 8:00 a.m. - Noon or 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.: Monday-Friday

  • Teens may sign up for more than one session.
  • Teens will work in groups of up to ten students with a mentor and keepers.
  • Students may work at some of our exciting Get Into Nature Stations interacting with guests.
  • Teens will work in the Farms areas three days, classroom training one day, and special project work throughout the Zoo one day. On Farm days students will:
    ♦ clean the Asian and African Barns
    ♦ clean ponds
    ♦ clean the Poultry House
    ♦ work with occasional animal encounters and Get into Nature Stations
  • Students will receive a closing evaluation at the end of the three week session. A passing score must be received in order to be invited to participate as a sophomore.

Freshman level fees: $165 for Zoo members and $185 for non-members.

Teens will need to fill out the ZAP Application, ZAP Contract and ZAP Permission Form. Please return these documents to the Cargill Learning Center or mail to the address provided on form.

Sophomore Level

Upon successful completion of freshman year, students can sign up for a three week session. Sessions are from 8:00 a.m. - Noon: Monday – Friday.

Teens choose a three week session to join: June 9 • June 30 • July 21

  • Teens may sign up for more than one session.
  • Teens will work in groups of up to ten students with a mentor and keepers.
  • Teens will rotate to areas of the Zoo during the three weeks doing projects and routine animal care.
    Specific activity schedules will be completed by the keepers to ensure that each day is a different experience for teens.
  • Each Monday will be spent in learning about the four areas you will be working in over the week. Student will be asked to choose an animal from each area to study and spend the last hour of each day visiting with guests about the chosen animal.
  • Students will receive a closing evaluation at the end of the three week session. A passing score must be received in order to be invited to participate as a junior.

Sophomore level fees: $165 for Zoo members and $185 for non-members.

Teens will need to fill out the ZAP Application, ZAP Contract and ZAP Permission Form. Please return these documents to the Cargill Learning Center or mail to the address provided on form.

Junior Level

Upon successful completion of sophomore year, students can sign up for a ten week summer program working one day a week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Session begins June 2.

  • Teens may sign up for more than one session.
  • Teens will be placed in pairs and will rotate through five different keeper areas, working two days in each area.
    ♦ Horticulture
    ♦ Australia/South America Birds
    ♦ Education
    ♦ Veldt
    ♦ Amphibians and Reptiles
  • A mentor will travel from area to area, assisting both teens and keepers with any questions or concerns that may occur.
  • Teens will receive a closing evaluation at the end of the session. A passing score must be received in order to be invited to participate as a senior.

Junior levels fees: $110 for Zoo members and $130 for non-members.

Teens will need to fill out the ZAP Application, ZAP Contract and ZAP Permission Form. Please return these documents to the Cargill Learning Center or mail to the address provided on form.

Senior Level

Upon successful completion of junior year, students can sign up for a ten week summer program working one day a week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Session begins June 2.

  • Teens may sign up for more than one session.
  • Teens will be placed in pairs and will rotate through five different keeper areas working two days in each area.
    ♦ Veterinary Medicine/Commissary/Quarantine
    ♦ North America
    ♦ Jungle
    ♦ Downing Gorilla Forest
    ♦ Australia/South America Mammals
  • A mentor will travel from area to area assisting both teens and keepers with any questions or concerns that may occur.

Senior level fees: $110 for Zoo members and $130 for non-members.

Teens will need to fill out the ZAP Application, ZAP Contract and ZAP Permission Form. Please return these documents to the Cargill Learning Center or mail to the address provided on form.

Contacts
Cargill Learning Center: :   Middle/High School Ed Specialis
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Blvd
Wichita, KS 6712
t: (316) 266-8213
f: (316) 712-9867
Downloads
ZAP Application download pdf
ZAP Contract download pdf
ZAP Permission Form download pdf
Hours of Operation
Summer Hours8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning March 1)
Winter Hours10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(Beginning November 1)
Open 364 Days a Year!*
*The Zoo will be closed one day only, September 6, 2014 to facilitate the preparation of the annual Zoo fundraiser, Zoobilee. For Zoobilee ticket information please call 266-8APE (8273).
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