2017 Junior Zookeeper and Explorer Programs
Junior Zookeeper Program

This program allows children aged 10 to 17 a wonderful opportunity to learn about a variety of animals at Wildlife Safari, and to share their knowledge with the public. This program will be replacing our past Ambassador Program with the goal of providing more opportunities for children to broaden their experiences, explore what it is like to work in a zoo, and develop an appreciation of our natural world. The Junior Zookeeper program has proven to be a great way for kids to learn responsibility, build leadership skills, and gain self confidence, and get some quality time with animals.

Junior Zookeeper Program Activities:

The activities will vary for each participant depending on their years of experience as a past Ambassador, the amount of time they have spent at the zoo, and their individual abilities. Here are just some of the things a Junior Zookeeper will have the opportunity to be involved in:


Responsibility for the Petting Zoo

This includes assuring the public has an enjoyable experience in the contact area, and that the animal interaction is comfortable and fun for the animals too. Juniors assist the Zookeepers in keeping the area clean for the animals and the public, grooming the animals and monitoring the animals well being.


Animal Husbandry

This includes learning how to care for, clean and prepare diets for our education animals.


Summer Camps

Helping with our variety of summer camps, playing games, leading activities and creating crafts for our campers.


Village Booths and Animal Presentations

Juniors will be trained to assist in sharing animal facts and live animals with the public.


Special Events

Helping with the variety of special events we have going on during the summer.



Program Guidelines

Children must be 10 to 17 years old by May 1st, 2017.  Shifts are 8:00-12:00 pm and 12:30-4:00 pm, 5 days a week and 2 calendars of availability must be filled out.  You will be e-mailed a final calendar prior to your child's start date. 2017 sessions are June, July, and August. Children may register for one or more sessions.  Program fee is $110 per month

Please print the reference form and ask one adult who knows you well and who is not related to you to complete the letter of recommendation.

If you will be attending the June session, applications will be due no later than May 22rd, 2017.  Please get your application in for subsequent months at least 2 weeks prior to your start date.

To enroll your child in the Junior Zookeeper Program, please complete:


  • Application Form
  • Medical Waiver and Media Release Form (including proof of a negative TB test)
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • 2 copies of Calendar of Availability (you keep one copy and hand one in)
  • Payment (Credit card, check, cash)


Mail it to:

Wildlife Safari Junior Zookeeper Program Registration
PO Box 1600, Winston, OR 97496
We are accepting applications throughout the summer

For more information call 541-679-6761 ext 221 or



Junior Zookeeper Program Documents

Application Form

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1790 Safari Rd.
Winston, OR 97496
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