Go behind-the-scenes at Lincoln Children's Zoo by participating in Zoo Crew!

New for 2019!
• Zoo Crew volunteers will work in the newly expanded Zoo.
• Work with program animals within The Secret Jungle spider monkey experience.
• Take part in giraffe guest experience and husbandry.
• Work in guest experience stations located near the tiger and red panda habitats.

Zoo Crew is one of the most successful youth volunteer programs in Nebraska. Each year, 400 students entering grades 7 through 12, gain important life and job skills through this volunteer program.


Learn from Animal Professionals

Attend classes led by animal professionals including President & CEO, John Chapo, Lincoln Children's Zoo Zookeepers and more.

Perform Hands-On Animal Work

Administer health checks, prepare animal feedings, create animal enrichment, perform wellness exercises, complete animal evaluations and more!

Engage with Zoo Guests

Give Zoo guests up close animal experiences by showing animals in The Hive and Critter Outpost

2019 Registration Is Closed

Look for next year's registration in January 2020.

New Session Information
Zoo Crew session lengths have been extended to create a better learning and volunteer experience. Participants will now have additional opportunities to work with and around giraffes, tigers and spider monkeys as well as dozens of other animals.

Please note that all Zoo Crew participants start at Level 1. Once a student completes Level 1, they may have the opportunity to be invited back for Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Level 1 Dates Training Price
Session One March 9 - June 30 March 2 | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $120
Session Two July 1 to October 20 May 24 | 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $120
Levels 2, 3, 4 & 5
Students who have been invited to participate in Level 2, 3, 4 and 5 will receive an email invitation. Please contact Alyssa Hodes by email or call 402.475.6741 ext. 133 with questions regarding registration of Levels 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Zoo Crew Levels 2 - 5 Dates Training Price
Zoo Crew Levels 2 & 3 March 9 - August 2 March 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $120
Zoo Crew Levels 2 & 3 May 28 - October 20 May 24 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $120
Zoo Crew Level 4 March 9 to October 20 March 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. $120
Zoo Crew Level 5 March 9 to October 20 March 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. FREE

Zoo Crew Contact:

Alyssa Hodes
Education Manager
Zoo Crew Inquiries
Email or call 402.475.6741 ext. 133


Frequently Asked Questions

How old do I need to be?
Students entering 7th through 12th grade are eligible to join Zoo Crew.

When is required training?
Spring Session: March 2 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Fall Session: May 24 | 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

What is the weekly time commitment?
Level 1 Session One (March 9 - June 30)
Can expect to be scheduled seven weekend days (one Saturday or Sunday) and seven weekdays.

Level 1 Session Two (July 1 to October 20)
Can expect to be scheduled eight weekend days (one Saturday or Sunday) and six weekdays.

Levels 2 - 3 Session One (March 9 - August 2)
Can expect to be scheduled seven weekend days (one Saturday or Sunday) and twelve weekdays.

Levels 2 - 3 Session Two (May 28 - October 20)
Can expect to be scheduled eight weekend days (one Saturday or Sunday) and twelve weekdays.

Levels 4 - 5 (March 9 to October 20)
Can expect to be scheduled 15 weekend days (one Saturday or Sunday) and 14 weekdays.

What times does Zoo Crew work?
All levels work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

What do Zoo Crew do for lunch?
Zoo Crew are welcome to bring a sack lunch each day or purchase lunch at the Safari Café at a 10% discount. It is recommended to bring a water bottle each day.

What if I miss a scheduled day?
It is not a problem if a Zoo Crew member is unable to work a scheduled day, however it is the individual's responsibility to find a substitute and communicate that with Alyssa, the Education Manager who oversees Zoo Crew by emailing her at ahodes@lincolnzoo.org

I would like to work more often, is that possible?
Yes, there are many opportunities to be scheduled extra hours.

Can I work the same timed shifts as my friend?
We will do our best to accommodate these requests. Arrangements to work the same shift may be arranged, although we cannot guarantee working the same job as your friend that day. We recommend that signing up on the same date as your friend in order to increase your chance of availability.

What are some of the things Zoo Crew gets to do?
Zoo Crew will take part in many activities at the Zoo. They will lead and care for horses, share facts about Zoo animals with guests, care for animals in The Hive and Critter Outpost, lead goats and more. Level 5 Zoo Crew also assist zookeepers.

What is the dress policy?
Zoo Crew members are required to wear a Zoo provided t-shirt, khaki shorts/pants, brown or black belt, closed toed tennis shoes or work boots (helpful in pony/goat areas) and a name tag. Only natural hair colors and styles are permitted. Extreme coloring of the hair is not permitted. Jewelry is not permitted with the exception of wrist watches. Piercings are strongly discouraged. When it is cold you are required to wear Zoo Crew hooded sweatshirts. You may also wear Zoo Crew hats. (Hooded sweatshirts and additional items will be available for purchased)

Can I earn volunteer credit for school?
Yes, Zoo Crew can be used as volunteer hours. Zoo Crew are responsible for providing the proper paperwork required per the school's individual requirements.