Teen Volunteers

Not only will your service help the zoo and its programs, but volunteer work is a great addition to your resume!

Explorers are teen volunteers that help the Zoo through a variety of duties that include zookeeper assistance, special events, grounds maintenance, construction and education programs.

The Zoo Explorer Post is a coed program of Boy Scouts of America. It is sponsored by the City of Alexandria.

Application & Training

Interested in becoming a Teen volunteer? Great!

Here are a few requirements:

  • Be at least 14 - 18 years of age and have completed the 8th grade
  • Submit a complete registration packet including:
    • Letter of recommendation from an adult in the community (teacher, coach, etc.)
    • Typed one page essay stating why you want to be an Explorer
    • Complete the Explorer Application Form
  • Complete interview set up by Explorer supervisor
  • Sign a commitment to attend training sessions and remain active in the program for one year
  • Attend a mandatory one week training session in May
  • Once you have been approved for the program, a registration fee is to be paid along with additional forms to be filled out
    • Boy Scout Annual Fee: $26 which provides insurance through BSA
    • Zoo Fee: $15 which provides uniform shirt and name tag
  • Explorers attend meetings (the first Monday of each month unless notified of change)
  • Explorers volunteer a MINIMUM of 10 hours per quarter (Jan-Mar / Apr - Jun / Jul - Sept / Oct - Dec)

Explorer Training

Explorer (teen volunteer) training is held once a year at the end of May. Applications are accepted during March & April. Application deadline April 30, 2017.

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Open Daily 9 am - 5 pm

Closed only Thanksgiving, Christmas, & New Year's Day


Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810