Volunteer dive program

Make a splash at the zoo! Certified SCUBA divers are invited to support marine life keepers with diving tasks in the marine area.

Are you a certified SCUBA diver with at least three hours a week to devote to the zoo? Dive right into a supportive, stimulating and fun workplace while developing your diving skills. Work closely with zoo keepers in the care of habitats. Among the many zoo animals that benefit from zoo diver participation are Harbor seals, sea otters and a variety of Northwest fish and invertebrates.

Divers should provide their own equipment; the zoo provides aluminum 80 tanks and Sea Soft weight belts.


Divers must be at least 18 years old and:

  • provide proof of certification and a log of a minimum of 40 dives
  • complete the volunteer dive packet, which includes a criminal background check
  • attend an orientation session
  • demonstrate proficiency listed in the Oregon Zoo checkout and training evaluation.

Volunteers are expected to make a three-hour per week time commitment to the program with absence notification at least 24 hours in advance.

For more information

If you're interested in more information on volunteering to dive at the Oregon Zoo, please contact the volunteer coordinator at sara.ashton@oregonzoo.org