Career Programs & Information

While we cannot accommodate students requesting job shadow experiences, we do offer some other great opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in zoo and aquarium animal care.

Career Discovery Programs

Sign up for a Keeper for a Day or Marine Biologist for a Day experience!

Career Day: November 12, 2016 ** 2016 SCHEDULE

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to be a zookeeper, marine biologist, or zoo veterinarian? Find out during Career Day! Staff Biologists will talk about their jobs and participants will observe presentations on training and animal enrichment. Behind-the-scenes tours will also be offered but space is limited.

Plan your day!! You won't be able to do it all. Remember that we do this event every year, so if you miss something you can come back again.

2016 Career Day Schedule and Activity Map (PDF)

Please share the 2016 Career Day flyer with your friends and teachers.

Students in 6th grade through college will receive FREE admission to the Zoo on Career Day. Students under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult. Younger siblings and adults are required to pay the regular admission rate. Purchase discounted youth (ages 5-12) and adult tickets online.

Pre-registration is not required, but all students (including those with zoo memberships) must check in with Career Day staff before getting their tickets at the admissions window. Please bring a completed CHECK-IN FORM to speed up the process. If you only have one student, please bring the other three blank forms for us to give to other students.


Check-in begins at 9:30 am. Most activities and presentations take place between 10 am and 3 pm. Zoo closes at 4 pm.

Volunteer or intern

Volunteer Team

Volunteer - it's an adventure! Learn about our youth and adult volunteer opportunities.

Internship Program

Open to currently enrolled or recently graduated college or university students.

Staff Interviews

Great for reports, job shadow requirements and school newspapers! Interviews are generally 15 minutes long, and may be conducted over the phone or at the Zoo. Interviews do not include a behind the scenes experience.

We recommend that you make your request at least two weeks before your deadline. Please contact us at cathleen.mcconnell@pdza.org to place your request.