Animal Care Volunteer


Cause Areas


It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


200 2nd AVE NSeattle, WA 98109


Pacific Science Center is home to a variety of fascinating animals - snakes and mole-rats, insects and spiders, a salt water tide pool model and of course our Tropical Butterfly House. Each animal is unique and interesting, and their remarkable qualities are often best revealed in in-depth conversations with their caretakers. The animal care volunteers work behind the scenes to maintain the animals and their habitats then bring what they’ve learned to our visitors, delivering interactive conversations and hands on experiences.

Job Duties

  • Daily care tasks to maintain our animals - prepare food, clean and disinfect dishes and feeding equipment, maintain safe and healthy habitats
  • Provide superior science interpretation about our animal themed exhibits: learn , observe and share about the animals’ life cycles, ecology and behavior
  • May assist with more in depth animal care tasks, such as major cage cleaning projects, cage enrichment, tide pool collecting, or developing new care protocols
  • Assist directly with butterfly releases Tide pool feeding, naked mole rat care, herbivorous insect care. Indirectly support animal care staff as they care for reptiles and carnivorous arthropods.
  • Assist with support tasks that help animal care complete their duties - watering, cleaning/vacuuming, Just for Tots area care and other tasks that help keep the presentation of our areas crisp and attractive
  • Other duties as assigned

Abilities and Personal Characteristics

  • Ability to follow instructions
  • Self-directed
  • Must be motivated to stay busy and move quickly from task to task
  • Ability to present oneself in a professional manner with regards to personal appearance and hygiene
  • Ability to work neatly, cooperatively and considerately with other people
  • Smiling team player, with a pleasant disposition and service orientation

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  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Habitat Restoration
  • Environmental Education

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • one four hour shift every two weeks

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