Adult Volunteers

Volunteers of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium donate their time, talents and energy to:

  •     Help guests learn about the animals they see on exhibit
  •     Assist with the delivery of educational programs
  •     Staff special events
  •     Greet guests at the main entrance
  •     Maintain zoo grounds and exhibits
  •     Assist keepers with animal care

Are you interested in joining our dynamic and diverse team?

Once you have reviewed the volunteer opportunities, you are ready to take the next steps in the application process. Interested individuals will need to complete an online application, interview and background check and zoo orientation before being accepted as a volunteer for Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium.

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering. Please review the following volunteer openings to see if one fits your skills and interests.

Aquarium Diver: Volunteers assist with husbandry of the major aquarium exhibits by diving under the direction of the dive safety officers.
Aquarium Diver Application

Don't see what you are looking for?  Please look back in the Spring 2018.

Application Process

STEP 1: Complete and submit an online application.

After your application has been received, you will receive an email confirming your submission and instructions for setting up your individual interview.

STEP 2: Individual Interview.

All applicants must schedule an interview with the volunteer office.  Once you submit your online application you will be sent details about the interview.

Interviews will be scheduled 2 weeks prior to Zoo Orientation

STEP 3: PDZA Orientation

All accepted volunteers must attend the Volunteer Orientation

Next Volunteer Orientation:

Spring 2018

Once you have completed your interview you will be sent more details regarding the orientation

Volunteer Requirements

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium selects people for adult volunteering who are:

  • At least 18 years old;
  • Interested in and care about people, animals, and conservation;
  • Friendly, outgoing, enthusiastic and dependable;
  • Committed to the highest standards of customer service;
  • Able to meet their position's minimum commitment of hours;
  • Able to attend a required Zoo Orientation;
  • Able to contribute a $40 administrative fee (financial assistance is available);
  • Able to pass a standard national background check; and
  • Able to sign a Metro Parks Tacoma disclosure statement.