By Carissa Hutchinson

Are you a teen looking for an opportunity to work with children or to build your leadership skills? Then the Detroit Zoo has the perfect opportunity!

The Detroit Zoo is looking for 16 and 17 year olds for their ‘Volunteen’ Counselor in Training program that will enable them to volunteer in the Detroit Zoo’s Summer Safari camps. Camp sessions are Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and starts June 23rd through August 15th.

If selected the teen will be required to attend a day-long training session on June 16th and has to volunteer for a minimum two week-long Summer Safari camp session.

The Summer Safari camps allow children, grades K-8, to explore the wonders of nature and wildlife with tours of the Zoo, hands-on activities, games and crafts. Teens with good communication skills that enjoy biology, environmental or life sciences and similar disciplines should apply.

“This program is beneficial to teens who want to gain experience in teaching, team-building, leadership, problem-solving and other skills that will allow them to thrive in a professional environment,” said DZS Volunteer Services Manager Linda Denomme. “There are a limited number of positions, so interested candidates should apply right away.”

Teens have until April 30th to turn in their completed application with two references from a teacher or other community leader (scout leader, spiritual leader, counselor, etc.) using the forms provided in the application and proof of age (acceptable forms include a copy of a birth certificate, state ID or school record).

For more information and an application packet, call (248) 541-5717 ext. 3802 or email

Carissa Hutchinson is a senior at Ferris State University studying television and digital media production. She’s currently on two internships with CBS 62/CW50 Detroit and M-1 Studios in Ferndale. While attending college she was a very active member of Delta Zeta and the Media Communications Association. Take a look at Carissa’s work at


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