Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Volunteer - Your Actions Matter!

Volunteers are a vital part of what makes Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium an exciting and educational experience for guests. We offer volunteer opportunities in many areas of the Zoo and in both aquariums. If you have a passion for animals, conservation, and the environment, please check out the volunteering avenues below. See which one fits your interests!

Looking for a job shadow or career information?  Check out our Career Discovery Programs and Career Day Information. Many of these opportunities may satisfy your school's job shadow or service requirements.

Adult Volunteers

Adult volunteers assist with a variety of activities around the zoo from on-grounds education to greeting guests at the front entrance. Review our volunteer openings to see what opportunities are available. Apply now!

Questions? Please contact the Volunteer Office at volunteer@pdza.org or call (253) 404-3687.

Youth Volunteers

Youth Volunteering provides students age 11-18 an opportunity to increase and share their knowledge of animals, conservation, and the environment while gaining valuable volunteer experience in a zoo or aquarium.                                                                                                                      

Conservation Projects







Put your passion to work...

Join Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in a project supporting conservation and authentic scientific research!

Explore the Shore

Spot the Swallows

Monitor the Marsh

Service Projects (group or individual)