are you interested in Experiencing what a career in animal care is really like?!

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

The Keeper-in-Training (KIT) Program is a unique way for teens ages 14 – 17 to be a part of The Zoo Team! Keeper-in-Trainings will gain valuable, hands-on experience of what a typical zookeeper's day is like, as well as offer the chance to help in other areas of The Zoo such as special events and programs within our Education Department.

Important Information

  • Please come dressed appropriately as KITs will spend most of their day outdoors.
  • Reservations are not confirmed until payment is made in full.
  • Please bring a bagged lunch (refrigerator will not be available). We recommend bringing a lunch with an ice pack or two.


Week 1: June 19 to June 23, 2023
Week 2: June 26 to June 30, 2023
Week 3: July 3 to July 7, 2023
Week 4: July 10 to July 14, 2023
Week 5: July 17 to July 21, 2023
Week 6: July 24 to July 28, 2023
Week 7: July 31 to August 4, 2023
Week 8: August 7 to August 11, 2023
Week 9: August 14 to August 18, 2023

runs weekdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during SUmmer break.


Other notes:

  • Half days and single shifts are not available at this time.
  • This program was formly known as the Crew-in-Training Program (CIT program). We now also have a Counselor-in-Training Program (CIT) for those interested in working more closely with our Zoo Camp program.
  • The Zoo will not process refunds for the KIT program unless accompanied by a doctor's note.


"I volunteered as a KIT (Keeper-in-Training) for The Zoo in Forest Park when I was thirteen years old. I remember learning about all the animals, especially the chinchillas and hissing cockroaches. I was excited about volunteering every day. Today, I am Wildlife Conservation Biologist and a Park Ranger with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. I teach environmental education to the public. I know that my volunteer experience with The Zoo was a stepping stone to a career in natural resource education." - Tasha Daniels

Tasha Daniels, from U.S. Fish & Wildlife, meets a North American beaver.
Keeper-in-Training Registration Packet