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 8, 2014

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.

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!

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

Career Day at our sister zoo, Northwest Trek Wildlife Park, takes place every year on the first Saturday in March. Pre-registration is required.

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.