Youth Volunteers

Outstanding Wildlife Leaders (OWLs)

What’s an OWL?

Lindsay Wildlife Experience’s OWLs program, formerly known as Interpretive Guide, is a year-round educational experience that provides teens ages 12–18 the opportunity to learn about animals and nature, explore career opportunities, meet other teens with similar interests, and action-forward steps to preserve the natural world that we know and love. We seek positive, responsible, enthusiastic teens with an interest in learning about native California wildlife and conservation who can interact with Lindsay visitors.

Outstanding Wildlife Leaders:

  • Work a 2.5 hour shift each week
  • Provide educational programming to guests of all ages.
  • Answer questions and provide information about live animal and natural history exhibits.
  • Care for Lindsay Wildlife’s collection of domestic Pet Education animals.
  • Learn to handle domestic mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates.
  • Attend a multitude of off-site outreaches & field trips
  • Assist with children’s activities in our interactive spaces.
  • Conduct tours for scout groups.
  • Are an integral part of Lindsay Wildlife’s mission of connecting people with wildlife.

Apply Here!

This is a unique opportunity for teens to learn valuable life skills in a professional setting.  The application process is competitive, and we have limited availability in the program.

Read the Selection Guide & Requirements before applying.

Click here to apply!* Applications due by Sept. 30, 2017.

*Please note – we are shifting the year round program to follow the school year, September – August, so the January 2018 experience will be short term and only last 7 months. But don’t worry!! You can apply for the 2018 – 2019 experience in May.*

For more information, contact Shelby McCoy, Youth Programs Stragetist, by email at


Youth Volunteers Staff

Shelby McCoy, Youth Programs Coordinator

Shelby joined Lindsay Wildlife in May 2017. With a bachelors in animal science from the University of Nebraska, McCoy has interned as a Zoo Camp Assistant at the San Diego Zoo and most recently as a conservation specialist at the Oakland Zoo. She has also worked with Lindsay before as a teacher at the Mt. View Sanitary District.