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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.


  • 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 2015 CIT program until May 31, 2015. 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.

Summer 2015 
Crew in Training Program

June 22nd - August 28th
Shifts are 9am – 12pm & 1pm - 4pm

$150.00 for Zoo members

$175.00 for Non-members

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

Application Forms

To apply please download, print and complete the PDF forms listed below.

CIT Info

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