Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo




Bird House interpreters help visitors explore the world of birds through conversational interactions both inside and outside the Bird House.  They also staff a special avian-oriented resource room in the heart of the exhibit, preside over a hands-on discovery cart and interpret during scheduled staff-led demos.  In the Bird Resource Center, interpreters assist visitors with exploring a multitude of interactive and observable elements such as wingspans, feathers, nests, eggs, bones, beaks, and feet.  The Bird Cart carries a selection of touchable objects to locations throughout the building. Visitors have the chance to feel the weight of a flamingo beak while observing the real thing.

Special qualifications: A strong interest in birds and a desire and ability to talk with a wide variety of people.

Time commitment: Three three-hour afternoon shifts (1:00pm-4:00pm) per month for a year and monthly meetings. Days of the week flexible.

Age Requirement: You must be 18 years or older to apply.

Training: Two weekday evenings (6:30pm-9:00pm) and four weekend days (9:00am-3:00pm) on July 18, 20, 21, 24, 27 and 28.  You must be able to attend all of the training sessions.

NOTE:  We are looking to expand the number of interpretive volunteers in the afternoon hours, however due to limited afternoon parking at the zoo, candidates should only apply if they are able to use public transportation or walk to the zoo to volunteer during the busy season: May – September.  Parking will be available for training sessions and in the off season.

Applications must be received by July 5, 2013.
For application information or questions please call 202-633-3056 or email us at phoebusl@si.edu.