Junior Guides (ages 11-13 & grades 6-9)

  • jr guide 2Are you between the ages of 11 and 13?
  • Are you currently in 6th-9th grade?
  • Do you love nature, the environment, or animals?
  • Do you enjoy learning new things, sharing your knowledge, and making a difference?
If you answered "Yes" to all of these questions, you should join the Junior Guides at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium!

Applications for the 2016-2017 season are now available! Click the link below to download. The Junior Guide Program is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We have now reached capacity. Applications will still be accepted until September 26 and applicants will be added to a waiting list.

The Junior Guide Program has been designed specifically for Middle School and Junior High School students!  From working on-grounds with Zoo Guests to activities, tours, and classes with the entire Junior Guide team - this program is a great opportunity to see what it's like to work at a zoo/aquarium.

Junior Guides learn about the animals at PDZA and what they can do to conserve them in the wild. Junior Guides may also have the opportunity to help with zoo-wide Special Events during the Fall, Winter and Spring seasons.

Junior Guides also work closely with the Senior Guides (experienced High School volunteers) and Staff to:

  • Talk with Zoo Guests about the animals in our exhibits.
  • Educate Zoo Guests on a variety of animal, conservation and environmental issues.
  • Guide activities in animal exhibit areas to encourage both children and adults to think about their place in the natural world and their role in conservation.
  • Interact with Zoo guests of all ages in a fun, educational setting.

Please Note: Junior Guides DO NOT assist with animal care.

2016-2017 Junior Guide Description