Bronx Zoo hosts youth job fair
The Bronx Zoo hosted 1,000 local high school and college students on Saturday as the zoo held a job fair.
Organizers say there were 1,200 available positions at the job fair from various companies as local youth all came looking for a possible career path.
This is the first year that the Wildlife Conservation Society Youth Advisory Council hosted the event.
The job, internship and volunteer expo offered opportunities to students interested in pursuing careers in education, human resources and animal care.
"We wanted to make sure that we have people in our community who know about these jobs, and can come find out about jobs, and internships, and volunteer opportunities, to make a stronger connection to our zoo," says organizer Karen Tingley.
The expo also offered career-building workshops focused on interview tips, resume building and careers in conservation.
"Here at the Bronx Zoo, it really expanded my horizons to different opportunities I didn't even know existed," says participant Brenden Alvarez.
Organizers say some applicants can get hired as soon as next weekend.
The event was funded by the Department of Cultural Affairs at the Bronx Zoo.