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The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and AmeriCorps have partnered to affect change in our communities! We bring fun, science-based educational opportunities to students in Cincinnati who need it the most. Together, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden and AmeriCorps provide quality STEM education to economically disadvantaged Prek-12 students. AmeriCorps Members work directly with teachers and students to improve science literacy and academic engagement in the scientific process.

We are challenging our community to step up and do more to conserve resources and wildlife! AmeriCorps Members engage community members by sharing sustainable habits, encourage behavior change, and provide hands-on learning opportunities. Our goal is to lead by example and spark environmentally conscious practices in our community.

Who We Serve

Each year, full-time AmeriCorps members join the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in service positions throughout the Zoo.  Members earn a living allowance, education stipend, and receive extensive training, practice, and skill-building in environmental education and other fields.  AmeriCorps Members are eligible for benefits including health insurance and childcare.

Join the AmeriCorps Crew

AmeriCorps at the Cincinnati Zoo is expanding, and we are looking for positive, passionate, and progressive people to join our team.

Service Positions are available in:

Animal Excellence, Conservation Research, Conservation Projects, Education, Horticulture, Sustainability, Visitor Experience, Youth Development

Annual outcomes of this partnership will be to:

  • Bring 11,000 economically disadvantaged students to the Zoo
  • Increase the science literacy and academic engagement of 1,690 of these students
  • Engage 30 teachers in inquiry-based professional development
  • Provide STEM extracurricular programs to 10 children in need throughout the entire school year and summer
  • Increase the conservation knowledge and intent to change behavior
  • Leverage an additional 480 adult and teen volunteers to deliver environmental messaging to Zoo visitors and will address blight through the creation of healthy green spaces for people and wildlife.