ZooALIVE (Active Leaders In Volunteer Education)


This program is now closed for 2020.

Read below to find out more and check back in January 2021 for registration dates
and class schedules.


What is the Zoo ALIVE program?

The ZooALIVE volunteer program is an opportunity for teens to engage with zoo visitors by sharing their interests in animals and conservation at the Pueblo Zoo. ZooALIVE teens are trained to be interpretive guides during an intensive, week-long course.    


ZooALIVE members are taught how to handle ambassador animals and learn techniques for animal presentations and informal conservation lessons. Additionally, they learn about how zoos operate, what careers are available in the zoo world, and how zoos continue to evolve to provide the best education and inspiration to those who appreciate animals and nature. 


I LOVE animals!  All I want to do is play and cuddle with them.  Is this training for me?

We love animals too!  We also love education, public speaking, and conservation- which is much of what you will be introduced to and participate in as a ZooALIVE member.  Presenting animals to audiences at the zoo is certainly a fun aspect of the program, however, if you are uncomfortable speaking to people you are unfamiliar with or are uninterested in educating zoo guests about the environment, animal conservation and facts about zoos, becoming a ZooALIVE team member is probably not for you.


What kind of time commitment is expected of me after I complete the week of training?

We require a minimum of 25 hours volunteered in the year following your training.  If the 25 hours are not met, we may ask you to retrain on certain aspects of the volunteer position or reevaluate your commitment to the program entirely. 


You are able to sign up for 2 1/2 hour shifts any day of the week you are available.  We understand many participants are in school most days of the week.  Our current ZooALIVERs sign up for their shifts on weekends, special event days and during long school breaks (spring, summer, winter).  Most of our teens are unable to transport themselves to the zoo, so make sure your parent or guardian is willing and able to provide you with transportation to the zoo so you can complete the minimum hours required.


How does the application process work?  

Application & Essay Answers

YOU (not your sister or brother or mom or dad) are required to answer essay questions in the first part of the application process.  This allows us to get a better understanding of why you want to join the ZooALIVE team and how you will help us in our zoo-wide mission to empower people to engage in conservation of animals and their natural habitat.  


We also require TWO reference submissions from non-family member adults.  This can include teachers, mentors, scout or 4H leaders, etc. 

There's a fee!?! What does it cover? How much is it?  Are scholarships available?  

Yep.  The cost for the weeklong course varies from year to year. Check back in January 2021 to find the rates, what the rates cover and possible scholarship opportunities!



Email Heather with any ZooALIVE program questions at hdewey@pueblozoo.org.


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