Directions to apply:


(You must be 14-18 years) Application packets (items 1-3) must be received by JANUARY 18th or post marked by January 17th to be considered.


1) Application. Please fill out the application completely.


2) Essay.   Please describe in 250 to 500 words why you want to join the Conservation Discovery Corps.  Your essay should address what you hope to experience; what skills and strengths you feel you have to offer the zoo; what experiences you have had that should help you in this position and what you hope to achieve by participating. Typed, double-spaced preferred. This must be included with the application.


3) Reference. Please include two letters of reference from an adult who can speak about your experience, character, and sense of responsibility. This can be from a teacher, employer, coach, church leader or any non-relative with whom you have worked or volunteered. This must be included in the application.


All of the above should be emailed together to [email protected] or mailed to the address below:

Conservation Discovery Corps

Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo

1875 Noble Avenue

Bridgeport, CT  06610


The Process:

After we have received your completed application, we will contact you for the orientation. We may not be able to meet the demand for all positions, so this is a competitive process. If an applicant is not accepted the first year of application, they are welcome to apply again the next year but will be required to complete a new application, essay, and reference.


**The prospective CDC student will not be considered for acceptance into the program if the application packet is incomplete or any requested information is left blank.