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Volunteer - Become a Turtle!

Teen Volunteer Program

The Turtle Bay Teen Volunteer program offers young people from our local community the opportunity to explore and work at various sites and disciplines within Turtle Bay Exploration Park.  These areas include the Turtle Bay Museum, Paul Bunyan's Forest Camp, and Turtle Bay's McConnell Arboretum & Botanical Garden.  The various disciplines include Art, Science, History, Forestry, Horticulture, and Animal Care.  Teen Volunteers also have the opportunity to work with special events, programs, and projects we offer to our community and members.

We take great pride in watching our teens grow (both literally and figuratively) into positions of leadership, along the way gaining confidence “on the floor” interacting with guests, learning important skills such as customer service, communication, team-work, and about the various disciplines we explore with our guests.

Teen Volunteers who seek to increase their level of responsibility have many opportunities to do so through becoming Shift Leaders and joining our Teen Leadership Council.

Who Should Apply?

  • Teens who truly desire to be a part of our program!
  • Teens who can commit to a minimum of one year volunteer service (September - August) with Turtle Bay Exploration Park.

Our program is geared toward the development of our youth, and therefore there are a limited number of positions available.

Interested teen applicants must be 13 years old by June 1 for our Teen Summer Program (mid-June to mid-August), and 13 years old by September 1 to be considered for the Year-Round Program.  Teens who participate in the Teen Summer Program have priority placement for the Year-Round Program.

Please note that teens interested in volunteering in the Animal Care Program must first complete the Teen Summer Program, where they receive important training on customer service, public interaction, teaching, and safety.  Teens that are consistent, responsible, and show an eagerness to learn and develop their skills have a greater chance at being invited to participate in the Animal Care Program for the School Year (minimum one year commitment). Animal Care volunteers are accepted in spring only. For teens interested in Animal Care, but applying in fall, you are welcome to apply for Education or Horticulture then interview for Animal Care in the spring.

What Will I Do As A Museum Teen Volunteer?

MEET.  Get to know other teens from across Shasta County.

TEACH. Help visitors of all ages understand museum exhibits, artifacts, and animals within a diverse range of subjects such as art, history and the environment.

LEARN. Work directly with Turtle Bay professionals to learn about animals, art, culture, ecology, forestry, history and much more!

GROW. Join the teen volunteer team to acquire leadership skills, explore career interests, and gain invaluable work and life experience.

$25 Materials Fee requested for all new volunteers

Education  Horticulture  Animal Care

How Do I Apply?

Download the Teen Volunteer Application 

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