Animal Care

Animal Care Volunteers

Animal Care Volunteers have the opportunity to learn about animal husbandry and assist keepers with daily tasks associated with caring for numerous native animals at Northwest Trek.

Duties include (but are not limited to): Assists in preparing animal diets and cleaning kitchen and other food preparation areas. Minimal cleaning of exhibits as needed with assistance from animal care staff. Volunteers may work up to more responsibilities depending on commitment and willingness to learn.


  • 18 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of all required training.
  • Must complete an interview with keeper staff.
  • Daily tasks include some strenuous activity so candidates must be in good physical condition, able to lift up to 50lbs, and able to apply safe working practices
  • Ability to work effectively with staff and other volunteers.
  • Support for the philosophy, goals and objectives of Northwest Trek and our relationship to Metro Parks Tacoma.

Knowledge and abilities:

  • Learn basic biology and natural history of native wildlife and ecosystems.
  • Able to work in all weather conditions and walk the core area of the park.
  • Know and follow park rules and regulations.
  • Learn basic animal nutrition and safe preparation practices
  • Demonstrate the ability to follow written and verbal instructions

Commitment: Must be available on a regular weekly basis for a minimum of four hours, specifically one day per week.