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 animal care.
Career Discovery Programs
Sign up for one of our Keeper for a Day or Marine Biologist for a Day experiences.
Career Day - Saturday November 10, 2012
Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium hosts an annual Career Day each November for 6th grade through college students interested in pursuing a career working with animals in a zoo or aquarium facility. This event includes FREE admission for students. Students under 16 must be accompanied by a paying adult.Younger siblings and adults are required to pay the regular admission rate.
At Career Day, students may observe special animal presentations, find out what our zookeepers do to care for their animals, pick up free information and have opportunities to visit behind the scenes. Please note that there is no guarantee that students will be able to see all areas.
Download tentative activity schedule (pdf)
Check-in begins at 9:30 a.m. The Zoo closes at 4 p.m. Most activities and presentations take place between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. You do not need to pre-register for this event.
Volunteer - it's an adventure! Learn about our youth and adult volunteer opportunities.
Open to currently enrolled or recently graduated college or university students.
We recommend that you make your request at least two weeks before your deadline. Please contact the Education Department at (253) 404-3666 to place you request.