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Crew in Training

CIT_w_parrot.jpgThe Crew in Training (CIT) Program is a unique way for teens ages 14 – 17 to volunteer at the zoo. The program begins the last week of June and runs through the last week of August. They will gain valuable, hands-on experience of what a typical zoo keeper's day is like. We offer new CIT's an opportunity to learn how our animal care program works. Once they have been here for one complete summer, returning CITs will have the chance to help in other areas of the zoo such as camp, special events, and programs within our education department.


A Typical Day for a CIT

  • CITs work approximately two half days a week.
  • Shifts for animal care are typically 9AM-12PM, and 1PM-4PM.
  • Shifts for zoo camp are typically 9AM-1PM, and 1PM-5PM.
  • Returning CITs choose their shifts first, then new CITs are able to choose their shifts.

CIT Fees

The following fees are to be paid after acceptance into the program. DO NOT send payment with your application!
(To be paid after acceptance into the program)

  • $100.00 non-members (price includes one t-shirt)
  • $80.00 members (price includes one t-shirt)
  • $15.00 for each extra CIT t-shirt (to be worn at all times while working at the zoo).


  • 14 – 17 years of age
  • One year Zoo Camp or other summer zoo program is recommended (but not required)
  • Ability to follow a daily work routine and safe working practices
  • Public speaking experience is helpful as our CIT's will interact with the general public at the zoo on a daily basis. They will need to give accurate information about the animals and the Zoo.
  • Experience with raking, shoveling, and using a wheelbarrow is essential.
  • Ability to lift at least 30 pounds


Applications are accepted for the summer of 2014 CIT program until May 31, 2014. Please be aware that this program does not work on a first-come first-serve basis, but late applications are not accepted.

All applications will be reviewed by our education department staff and the CIT coordinator. No phone calls or e-mails please, we will call all applicants that have been accepted into the program. Interviews will then be conducted during the first week of June for all new applicants after we have reviewed all applications.



An orientation is scheduled on a weekend in June to familiarize CITs with the program. A test will be given on orientation day that includes important zoo information frequently asked by our zoo guests. Questions will include but are not limited to information about zoo camp, membership, birthday parties, and any other information on our website.

Application Process

Download a CIT Application (PDF)

Download a CIT Medical Form (PDF)


NEW! Christmas Break
Crew in Training Program

December 26, 29, 30, 31 and Jan 2.
Hours are 9am – 2pm

$50.00 for returning C.I.T’s
$75.00 for New Crew in Training

For more information:
Call: 413-733-2251 x 305

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