Teen Career Conference

The Phoenix Zoo is excited to once again host its Teen Career Conference! This is an opportunity for teens and their parents to explore many different careers in animal science.

Through specially selected speaker panels, attendees will hear from experts in Zoology, Conservation, Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Care working both within the Zoo and in the field. The speakers will offer insights into their career paths and advice on breaking into their respective fields.

Representatives from the Zoo and other scientific and educational institutions from around the Valley will be on hand to offer information about their programs and opportunities for teens to begin working toward their careers right now. Volunteer opportunities, camps and other programs will also be highlighted.

All teens and their parents are welcome to attend.

Date: February 4, 2017
Time: Noon – 3 p.m.
$10 per person


The Phoenix Zoo offers several programs to help teens explore careers, learn more about science and animals, and get directly involved with conservation. View the program descriptions below to learn more.

Available Programs:

ZooTeens (Ages 14 – 17)

ZooTeens is an eight-month values-based leadership program that connects teens with volunteering opportunities to learn about science, conservation and the animals inside the Phoenix Zoo. Through volunteer service, teens develop a keen sense of responsibility, self-confidence and public speaking, with opportunities for zoo career exploration. In addition to gaining valuable professional skills, ZooTeens receive the same Phoenix Zoo benefits as our adult volunteers.

ZooTeens primarily spend their time interacting with Zoo guests through games, crafts, activities and the presentation of animal artifacts. Occasionally, ZooTeens may also present small animals to guests to demonstrate caregiving or natural history concepts.

Any teenager age 14 – 17 that has an interest in the Zoo, the natural world, and helping their community is welcome to apply.

Please visit our ZooTeens program page for more information.