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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.

Interested in applying?

Applications for 2018-19 Junior Guide youth volunteers have now closed. But you can still get ready to apply in Sept. 2019.