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 before being accepted as a volunteer for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Volunteer Opportunities

Please review the volunteer opportunity job descriptions to see if one fits your skills and interests. Apply online!

Guest Experience Interpreters
Interpreters interact with guests of all ages, telling the stories of animals, explaining conservation actions, and increasing guest’s general knowledge of nature.  Interpreters also lead activities and conduct presentations with specific themes.


Event Volunteer
Volunteers work event activity stations, provide customer service, and assist in set up/ break down of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Zoo Society hosted events.

Zoolights Assistant Set-up & Take down
Volunteers support the set-up and take down of light strands and other display pieces for the annual Zoolights event

Aquarium Diver
Volunteers assist with husbandry of the major aquarium exhibits by diving under the direction of aquarium staff and dive safety officers. Although we currently have a waitlist for diver positions, we encourage you to submit your Aquarium Diver Application to the volunteer office.

Horticulture Assistant
Volunteers support the horticulture staff in maintenance of the landscaped beds on Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium grounds.

Volunteer Requirements

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium selects people for 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 pass a standard national background check; and
  • Able to sign a Metro Parks Tacoma disclosure statement.