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Posted on: February 23, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Idaho Falls Zoo Now Taking Applications for Junior Zoo Crew

Gabby and Cosmo

Hey teens! Are you looking for a great way to get an amazing educational experience while giving back to your community and getting valuable community service hours? Are you seeking a way to boost your resume and college applications?

Junior Zoo Crew is a summer educational program at the Idaho Falls Zoo designed specifically for ages 14-17. Participants will learn about public speaking, animal care, conservation, zoo careers and education within a zoo setting. They will assist animal keepers in the Children’s Zoo, staff information stations located throughout the zoo, answer questions from zoo guests, and assist with special events.

Would you like to learn more about the Junior Zoo Crew program? You’re invited to a public informational presentation on Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 p.m. in the zoo’s William J. Maeck Education Center located at the entrance of the Idaho Falls Zoo.

Applications for the Junior Zoo Crew program are now available at the Idaho Falls Zoo’s website under the "Get Involved" tab or at There are two six-week sessions available and applicants will select one session to apply for.

Deadline to apply to the Junior Zoo Crew is 3:00 p.m. on April 1, 2022.

For those accepted into the program, there is an education program fee of $60 for Tautphaus Park Zoological Society members and $75 for non-members. The cost covers training, materials, one uniform shirt, name tag, recognition items, and an appreciation party at the end of the season.

For questions about the program, contact Kathryn Farley, volunteer coordinator at (208) 612-8453 or

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park: With more than 330 individual animals representing 120 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Bud Cranor at 208-612-8306 or at bcranor@idahofalls,gov

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