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You Matter

We love our volunteers – they’re a vital part of what makes Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium such an exciting and educational experience for guests. If you have a passion for animals and the environment, then we have a volunteer spot for you.

NOTE: Due to Covid-19 restrictions, we’re not taking volunteers right now. Please check back!

Ways to volunteer

High School
Middle School

Conservation Opportunities

Community Science
Get your science on.
Unleash your inner scientist in our Community Science programs. Explore the Shore at Point Defiance. find urban carnivores, Peak for Pikas on Mt. Rainier. Spot the Swallows or Monitor the Marsh - it's all about protecting wildlife.
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Service Projects
Help out.
Interested in doing a service project? We'd love to have you! Please apply through Metro Parks Tacoma for both group and individual projects.
Apply now
Snacks for Species
Youth for conservation.
Join our Senior Guide Youth Volunteers in the successful Snacks for Species fundraisers to support The Zoo Society's Dr. Holly Reed Conservation Fund. Each month in summer they'll highlight an animal or conservation issue at a local restaurant.
Snacks for Species

Current Volunteers

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Trouble connecting with your page? Contact Stacey Luhring at 253-404-3695 or

Looking for careers?

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.