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: MARCH 11, 2017 - 9:30 A.M. TO 3 P.M. (9 A.M. CHECK-IN, Zoo closes at 4 p.m.)

If you have attended Career Day in the past, you would have been here in November. This year we are switching things up to accommodate more schedules and Career Day for 2017 is moved to March 11! We think you'll enjoy participating in new hands-on workshops in addition to visiting with zookeepers and seeing the animals.

Career Day is still free for students in 6th-12th grade, but registration is required, and can be found below.

Participants will attend the two workshops by registering for one in the morning and the other in the afternoon. Mid-day, students will have opportunities to interact with zookeepers at various venues, including behind the scenes visits. A list of these behind the scenes visits and keeper encounters will be provided to the participant at check-in.

Check out our workshops:

Animal Training Workshop - Students will become familiar with basic training methods, with a focus on positive reinforcement, and find out how training helps keepers provide high quality care for their animals. Students will test their skills by training each other!

Animal Enrichment Workshop - Students will find out why providing animals with enriching items and experiences is an important part of animal care. Students will get creative to come up with ideas for enrichment for a variety of animals.

Space on the Health Care tours and both Workshops are limited. Indicate the number of students attending the health care tour and workshops, and then select a time for each of those items to ensure you reserve your spot(s)! Registration ends on March 10th at 4 p.m.

Register Here.

For questions, contact volunteer@pdza.org

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.