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 these volunteer opportunities to see if one fits your skills and interests. 

Guest Experience Interpreters
Interpreters interact with guests of all ages, telling the stories of animals and increasing guest’s general knowledge of nature. Apply online

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

Zoolights Assistant Set-up & Take down
Volunteers support the set-up and take down of annual Zoolights event. Apply online

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

Aquarium Diver
Volunteers assist with husbandry of the major aquarium exhibits  Apply for Aquarium Diver.

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.