Skip to main content
Aquarium Home

Today's Hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm

Mammal and Bird Volunteer

Assist the Aquarium of the Pacific’s Mammal and Bird collections by supporting paid husbandry staff by preparing food and feeding animals, cleaning and maintaining exhibits, and facilitating guest interactions. Providing the highest quality of animal care, while supporting the Aquarium of the Pacific’s mission.

adult volunteers with feed buckets for animals

Adult volunteers with feed buckets for animals. Credit: Aquarium of the Pacific

Application Closed

Some but not all animals in the collection include: Terrestrial and Aquatic Birds, Marine Mammals, a variety of Reptiles.


  • Provides for the needs of all animals within the Mammal and Bird Department by assisting with exhibit cleaning, diet preparation and feeding.
  • Maintaining exhibit cleanliness and hygiene, as well as cleanliness of behind-the-scenes areas.
  • Maintains records, documentation, and data collection per Aquarium of the Pacific protocols.
  • Learn to identify abnormal behaviors and medical conditions of exhibit animals, and report back to paid staff.
  • Learn about biology and natural history of animals and be prepared to answer guest questions.
  • Participation in shows, presentations, meet and greets and on the floor guest interactions.
    • Public speaking and crowd management.
  • Assist with training or enrichment of collection animals as needed.
    • Could include: Terrestrial and Aquatic Birds and Marine Mammals.
  • May assist with other projects.


  • Must be 18 years or older.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Possess skills to work independently and collaboratively.
  • Problem solving and ability to make decisions on the spot or communicate if further assistance is required.
  • Adheres to all safety practices and protocols.
    • Fire, OSHA, USDA, USF&W, Dive, etc.
  • Ability to climb stairs and ladders, lift 50lbs, work in wet, hot and or cold environments.
  • Ability to stand or bend for prolonged periods of time.
  • Must be willing to remain flexible as needs within the Mammal and Bird department can change.
  • Desire to fulfill the Mission of the Aquarium of the Pacific.

Commitment and Shift Availability

  • One shift of 5 hours once a week on a regular day of the week for 1 year.
  • Shift Availability:
    • Monday: 7am to 12pm AND 12pm to 5pm
    • Tuesday: 7am to 12pm
    • Wednesday: 12pm to 5pm
    • Thursday: 7am to 12pm AND 12pm to 5pm
    • Friday: 7am to 12pm AND 12pm to 5pm
    • Sunday: 7am to 12pm AND 12pm to 5pm

*Please apply if you’re available for one or more of the listed times above, any application with availability outside of the times listed will not be considered


  • All incoming volunteers must attend an Aquarium wide orientation, Aquarium 101 prior to start.
  • Hands on 1:1 training will be implemented once the volunteer is onsite, as the volunteer progresses through the program.
  • Volunteer Manual, additional reading, meetings and evaluations will continue as volunteer progresses.

Working Conditions

  • The Aquarium of the Pacific provides all PPE for every working condition, special requests can be made based on individual needs, including but not all:
    • Gloves
    • Boots for wet areas
    • Protective eye wear
    • Knife cutting gloves
    • Ear plugs for our bird barn
    • Etc.

To Apply

Thank you for your interest but we are currently not accepting applications for this position. Please check back.

Volunteering at the Aquarium

The Aquarium owes much of its success to our dedicated and committed volunteer staff. You can be part of that story by joining our team in one of the many volunteer or intern programs that we offer throughout the Aquarium.

Experience the Aquarium like never before.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at what drives us, inspires us, and be a part of it all.