Do you love animals and enjoy working with children?

If so, the Counselor-in-Training Program is for you!

The Zoo in Forest Park & Education Center is currently accepting applications for our Counselor-in-Training Program. Counselors-in-Training (CIT) will assist with all aspects of the Zoo Camp program, including: activity implementation, camper supervision, animal care and more. 

(includes staff t-shirt, Forest Park parking pass and medication administration training)

Minimum requirements:
- At least 16 years old
- Available for 1 training day in June (after the school year has ended)

Please note: there are a limited number of CIT spots avaliable each season. Qualified applicants will be contacted for an interview. Not all applicants will be called in for an interview.

All applications for the Counselor-in-Training program
are processed on a rolling basis.

Once we have filled the limited spots, we will not accept additional applications.


Click here to access the Counselor-in-Training Application.


Please submit the application and a resume to the Education Department via email at or via fax at 413-733-2330. Qualified candidates will be contacted to set-up an interview with a member of the Zoo Camp leadership team prior to the start of Zoo Camp.

Not all applicants are guaranteed an interview. Interviews will take place in mid-May through June 2023.