Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program

Gain experience and have fun working with kids of all ages.

This program at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden is a summer volunteer opportunity for teenagers who desire to gain practical, hands-on work experience teaching children in a camp setting as well as increase their knowledge of the natural world.

Applications are currently closed.

For more information, please contact Alma Ruffin at 803.602.0885.

Program Advantages The CIT program is a volunteer/non-paid apprenticeship where participants learn by doing. CITs work directly with camp counselors and Zoo campers while participating in behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters and other fun activities. Check out some of the awesome advantages of becoming a CIT.

  • Gain work experience while having fun and working with kids of all ages.
  • Gain important leadership, communication, team building, group management and activity planning skills.
  • Personal development.
  • Explore future career possibilities.
  • Gain experience needed to work at camp in the future as a paid counselor.
  • Plus, second year or returning CITs are eligible to present and handle education animals including small mammals, invertebrates, salamanders, snakes, lizards and turtles! (Animal handling is a privilege that requires prior approval, a negative TB test, additional training hours and responsibilities.)

Program Requirements Review and consider if interested in becoming a CIT. All associated costs are covered by volunteers and not reimbursable by Riverbanks Zoo and Garden.

  • High school students who are at least 15 years old.
  • Students who have had prior experience working/volunteering with children.
  • CITs are required to attend a full day Training Orientation on Saturday, May 30, 2015, from 9:00am–5:00pm, and work one full 5-week session of camp. A full camp week is Monday–Friday, 8:15am–3:15pm.
  • Every Thursday, CITs are required to stay until 4:00pm for a staff meeting and team building.
  • CITs will be assigned to work either Session 1 (June 8–July 10 with July 3rd off) or Session 2 (July 13–August 14.) Please mark on your application if you are available to work either session. Session 1 is always more popular!
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