We are no longer taking names for 2022. Please check back in early January 2023 for updates.

Must volunteer a minimum of 60 hours per year and must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Some of the activities docents take part in:

  • Conduct tours in the Zoo and PPG Aquarium
  • Provide information to visitors at animal exhibits
  • Perform observational research
  • Assist at Zoo special events
  • Visit community groups with small animals

For more information about becoming a docent, email or call 412-365-2524.

Current Docents

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Zoo Teens

The Zoo Teens summer volunteer program is available for students ages 15-17.

It is a great way to learn more about animals and zoo careers. Zoo Teens will choose one day a week that’s convenient for them. This is a 6 week program, and Zoo Teens are expected to commit to at least 5 weeks. Duties include small animal care and handling, staffing touch tables, assisting with Zoo Camp, and interacting with the public throughout the Zoo, primarily in  Kids Kingdom.

Only teens who meet the following criteria should complete the online form:

  • You will be between the ages of 15-17 years old. (Note you must be 15 years old by June 1, 2022).
  • You did not participate in this program previously
  • You can commit to one day a week for at least 5 weeks of the 6 weeks that the program runs. Program will begin on June 21, 2022.
  • You have proof of Covid Vaccination
  • You will be available for an interview

The program is full for Summer 2022

Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at with any questions.

Volunteer Divers

**The PPG Aquarium is currently not accepting diver applications. Check back for updates.**

What is a Volunteer Diver?

Volunteer divers assist PPG Aquarium staff with in-tank maintenance of our warm and cold water exhibits, including the ocean tank, sea otters, sand tiger sharks, and more. Volunteer divers also participate in special event activities that further the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium’s mission.

Do I need previous SCUBA experience?

Yes. Divers must be at least 18 years old, hold an open water SCUBA certification from a recognized agency (PADI, NAUI, etc.).

How often will I dive?

Scheduling varies, but divers must participate at least once per month and attend regular volunteer dive meetings to stay active in the program.

Current Divers

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The Pride Advisory Council (The PAC) is a philanthropy-focused group dedicated to championing wildlife conservation, encouraging involvement, and bringing community awareness to the mission of the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium.

As rising community leaders, The PAC members experience the Zoo from an exclusive perspective through networking opportunities, volunteerism, and priority access to Zoo events and adventures, all while helping to secure funds and identify new partnerships for the Zoo. Revenue generated through the Pride directly supports our world-class care, education, and wildlife conservation programs.

The Membership Committee meets quarterly and reviews applications on a rotating basis. Once they review your application a Zoo staff member will set up an interview with you.

For more information about The PAC, please contact Mike Cmar at


For more information about The PAC, please contact Mike Cmar at

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