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Middle school volunteers

Make a difference

As a Junior Guide you will get to connect with other middle school and junior high school students who have similar interests! From working on-grounds with zoo guests to activities, tours, classes, and conservation projects with the entire Junior Guide team – this is a great opportunity to get involved in wildlife conservation and 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.

On Hold

Stay tuned for cool updates!

Our Junior Guide Program is on hold for the 2021 -2022 season, and we are not currently accepting new volunteers. At this time, we do not have a tentative restart date for the program. If your child will be entering 9th grade during or before fall 2022, we highly encourage you to consider our Zoo Guide or Camp Assistant programs. Applications for these programs generally open in late winter/early spring, with interviews happening in February or March.

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