Summer jobs with the city are available for youth who are at least 16, and pay ranges from $7.50 - $11 per hour, depending on the position and the applicant's qualifications.
Jobs are available at pools, playgrounds, community centers, in therapeutic settings and in labor. Once a teen has filled out the online application, someone will call to set up an interview. Youth aged 14-15 who apply need a work permit, which can be obtained from the State Department of Labor, or a school counselor. Information on forms and required tests and background checks are available online through the city.
If your teen doesn't need a paying job but is looking for something to fill the summer, or is interested in building life skills, then consider the variety of opportunities that await at the city's cultural institutions as a volunteer. These jobs require a minimum time commitment that varies with the position. Teens can explore their areas of interest as well as meet and greet the public by interacting as a volunteer. Summer volunteers must be at least 14 years old.
Teens can also apply to be Conservation Camp Counselors. These are teen volunteers who assist at the Zoo, Aquarium, Botanic Garden and Tingley Beach. Camp Counselors team up with a teacher and help with Camp BioPark classes. Counselors must attend a two hour orientation in May.
Teens staff the discovery areas at the Zoo, Botanic Garden and Aquarium, and are led by volunteer adults. Teens who are 18 can apply to be Captains and oversee younger teens. Topics include marine biology, zoology and horticulture.
Teens who are at least 14 can apply to be BioPark Nature Guides. Nature Guide training takes place in May.
Those who are at least 16 can apply for positions as an aquarium touchpooler, conservation camp counselor or horticulture volunteer.
Interested teens can get started by filling out an interest form with the city. Teens 18 and older can apply to be a greeter at the zoo, aquarium or botanic gardens; a docent (volunteer teacher); a fishing guide at Tingley Beach; a guide at the Heritage Farm; a railroad garden helper; or a Biovan Ranger.
For more information, call BioPark Education at (505) 764-6214 for Zoo programs, or (505) 848-7162 for programs at the Aquarium or Botanic Gardens. Email for information at email@example.com.