June 2015


**We are no longer accepting application for 2015. Check back later this year for 2016 dates. 

Jr. Interpreters use public interaction to help zoo visitors learn about animals and global conservation efforts. A Jr. Interpreter is friendly, enthusiastic, dependable and genuinely interested in people, nature, animals and conservation. It is neccessary that teens are outgoing enough to initiate conversations with our guests, as Jr. Interpreters assist with programs, birthday parties and on-grounds activities to educate others.

Teen Program Benefits:

  • Meet people with similar interests
  • Accumulate community service hours
  • Gain first-hand knowledge of various zoo careers
  • Free zoo entrance when not on-duty (excludes family/friends)
  • 1 – One day family pass to the Akron Zoological Park
  • Discounts in zoo gift shop and cafeteria

Statement of Purpose:

To aid and support the Akron Zoological Park in the areas of education and conservation through active participation in on-grounds educational activities, programming, birthday parties and special events.


Teens must be between 14 and 18 years of age and entering 9th through 12th grade at the beginning of the 2015 - 2016 school year. No formal training or background in education or work experience is required. Willingness to learn about animals and conservation and how to relate this knowledge to the public is highly desirable. Ability to communicate easily and effectively with the public, as well as having excellent customer service skills, is essential for this position.

Jr. Interpreter Standards:

Once accepted, teens must follow uniform guidelines: wear a provided Jr. Interpreter uniform shirt, khaki, tan or black pants or walking-length shorts, with close-toed shoes. Jr. Interpreters are required to contribute a total of three days per week. This weekly total can be achieved by assisting in the following areas:

  • ZooCamp
  • Birthday Parties
  • Marine Animal Touch Tank
  • On-Grounds Activities
  • Special Events
  • Animal Show Operations

Each Jr. Interpreter will be responsible for seeing that the above is carried out efficiently and in such a way as to be a credit to the Jr. Interpreter Teen Program and to assure the Akron Zoological Park’s continued growth as a viable community service.

Jr. Interpreter Program Fees:

There is no charge for training; however, successful candidates must pay dues of $100.00 to join the program. This fee helps defray the cost of Jr. Interpreter shirts, nametag, water bottle, manual and various supplies.