Adult Volunteers

Volunteers of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium donate their time, talents and energy to:

  •     Help guests learn about the animals they see on exhibit
  •     Assist with the delivery of educational programs
  •     Staff special events
  •     Greet guests at the main entrance
  •     Maintain zoo grounds and exhibits
  •     Assist keepers with animal care

Are you interested in joining our dynamic and diverse team?

Once you have reviewed the volunteer opportunities, you are ready to take the next steps in the application process. Interested individuals will need to complete an online application, interview and background check and zoo orientation before being accepted as a volunteer for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering.  We have a variety of volunteer positions currently open. 

Please review the position descriptions and apply online using the link.

Washed Ashore Interpreter
Interpreters interact with guests of all ages, telling the stories of animals and increasing guest’s general knowledge of nature. Washed Ashore Interpreters will lead activities related to plastic pollution in the ocean. Apply Online

Event Volunteer
Volunteers work Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Zoo Society hosted events. Apply Online

Horticulture Assistant
Volunteers support the horticulture staff in maintenance of the landscaped beds on grounds. Apply Online

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete and submit an online application.

After your application has been received, you will receive an email confirming your submission and instructions for setting up your individual interview.

STEP 2: Individual Interview.

All applicants must schedule an interview with the volunteer office.  Once you submit your online application you will be sent details about the interview.

Interview will be scheduled March 12 - 22, 2017

STEP 3: PDZA Orientation

All accepted volunteers must attend the Volunteer Orientation

Next Volunteer Orientation:

March 22, 2017


April 1, 2017
9a - 12p

Once you have completed your interview you will be sent more details regarding the orientation.

Volunteer Requirements

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium selects people for adult volunteering who are:
    • At least 18 years old;
    • Interested in and care about people, animals, and conservation;
    • Friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic and dependable;
    • Committed to the highest standards of customer service;
    • Able to meet their position's minimum commitment of hours;
    • Able to attend a required Zoo Orientation;
    • Able to contribute a $40 administrative fee (financial assistance is available);
    • Able to sign a Metro Parks Tacoma disclosure statement; and
    • Able to pass a standard national background check.