Carnegie Mellon University
Monica Garcia, Volunteer Coordinator
Animal Rescue League
Shelter & Wildlife Center
6620 Hamilton Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA  15206
412-661-6452  Office
Jessica Dettling, Director of Volunteer and Foster Program
Humane Society North Shore
1101 Western Avenue
Pittsburgh PA 15233
412-321-4625  Office

Animal Husbandry Internships:

Program participants will gain meaningful experience and basic knowledge in their primary area of study by gaining a broader view of a modern zoological park via practical hands-on experience, assisting the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s professional staff with daily operations, and completing an optional research project. In addition, the Zoo will benefit from the effort, infusion of new ideas, and vitality of the program participants. This program offers an excellent opportunity for students and graduates to develop their basic abilities, further refine advanced skills and enhance their career goals.

email or call 412-365-2524

Volunteering at the ZOO:

Become a Docent: Docents are women and men who 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


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.).