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

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

We currently do not have any volunteer opportunities open,  Please check back in Spring 2016.

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete and submit an online application for the position you are interested in working.

STEP 2: Schedule an interview. After your application has been received, you will receive an email confirming your submission and instructions for setting up your individual interview.

At the interview, you will need to turn in the following forms:
Background Check Consent Form 
Disclosure Statement.

STEP 3: Orientation.
All accepted volunteers must attend orientation.

The next volunteer orientations:

Spring 2016

Once you have completed your interview you will be sent more details regarding the zoo 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 pass a standard national background check; and
  • Able to sign a Metro Parks Tacoma disclosure statement.