Dear Colleagues:

Greetings All!  As the Chair-Elect of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), it is my pleasure to announce this “Call for Service” and request that you consider serving on an AZA Committee.  We all depend on the expertise of all of our colleagues – on both a personal and institutional level, and from the perspective of zoos and aquariums of all sizes.  With the introduction of SAFE (Saving Animals From Extinction), the work of our committees is more important than ever.  Please consider committing your time to help us advance our collective goals.

Committee service is very rewarding; however, it does involve attendance at committee meetings each year, in addition to ongoing work and regular conference calls. Therefore, it is important to have the explicit support of your Director as you undertake this responsibility.   The term of service on most Committees is three years.

It is my privilege, as Chair-Elect, to match your expertise and desires with the needs of the committees.  While we may receive more volunteer applications than available positions, I assure you we will do everything possible to involve you.

Here is how it works: if you are interested in serving on one of the committees listed on the right side of this page, you must be an individual member of AZA.  If you are not a member, you can join now by contacting You may then apply to serve.  Please fill out the application form and then send it to:   We need to hear from you by 1 May so I can complete the appointments prior to the Annual Conference.

There is great personal and professional satisfaction in supporting our Association through its committees and programs. We have lofty goals within our Association – together we can meet these goals, and in the process help all of our aquariums and zoos meet their missions as well.  I look forward to hearing from you regarding your interests and working with you on committees in the future.

Thanks for your help and involvement.

Jim Breheny
EVP & General Director, WCS Zoos & Aquarium and Director
Bronx Zoo
Chair-Elect, AZA Board of Directors

AZA Committees

The commitment of the time and talent of AZA members to the vital work of the Association is crucial to the success of AZA. You can learn about each committee using the links on the right side of this page.

Serving on AZA Committees

To be eligible for a committee chair or vice chair position, candidates must be professional fellows in good standing. Committee member individual qualifications include:

  • Proven performance in their field
  • Commitment and time to serve
  • Permission of home institution

All committees and task forces work under the guidance of the Board of Directors. The Chair-elect of the Board, in consultation with the Executive Committee of the Board and the AZA President / CEO, appoints all committee and task force chairs, except the Ethics Board which is elected.

How to Get Involved

AZA members should express interest to committee chairs, attend open meeting portions of committee meetings held at mid-year and at the annual conference, volunteer to work on task forces, and then watch for the Call to Service from the Chair-elect of the AZA Board of Directors. Be sure to secure the support of your institution for committee participation.

Committee application form: due May 1.

For more information, please contact Barbara Pueschel, Board and Committees Liaison, 301-244-3326.

Another opportunity for involvement with AZA is as a Course Instructor. Applications for service as an instructor are considered on a rolling basis.

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