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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.

Under Construction

Stay tuned for cool updates!

We’re renovating our Junior Guide program here at the zoo! While we finalize the changes, we’re not accepting new volunteers for 2019-2020. We apologize for any inconvenience. Stay tuned for upcoming events and ways to get involved.

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