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The National Zoo is currently accepting applications for Keeper Aides in the Reptile Discovery Center, Asia Trail, and Small Mammals.

For long-term assignments (interpreters, keeper aides, behavior watchers) we recommend that you only apply to the area where you are most interested in working, as you will not be eligible to volunteer with another unit for at least six months.

These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis however submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement.


Keeper Aides: Reptile Discovery Center

The Zoo's Reptile Discovery Center is home to over 600 individual animals of about 100 species from frogs and salamanders to snakes and giant tortoises. Volunteers are needed to help the animal care staff prepare food, change water in aquatic exhibits, and clean enclosures for animals in the Reptile Discovery Center.


Special Qualifications
: Volunteers should be physically fit and willing to work in heat and humidity due to the nature of the exhibit. An interest in reptiles and amphibians is a must. Some animal care experience is preferred, but not required. Please Note: It is National Zoo policy that individuals that keep venomous animals in personal collections will not be accepted as volunteer keeper aides.


Time Commitment
: Shifts are 8am-3pm one day per week for a minimum of one year. Currently weekend and weekday shifts are available.


Age Requirement
: You must be at least 18 years old to apply.


Training
: Once accepted, you must attend a mandatory General Orientation session, usually held on the first Saturday of each month. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for keeper aides.


Uniform Requirement
: Volunteers must purchase and wear a Zoo volunteer uniform shirt and a name badge which is included in the orientation/training fee of $20. Volunteers must also wear khaki pants (no jeans) and sturdy closed-toed shoes.


Application Process and Background Check Requirement
: These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The Smithsonian Institution and FONZ are committed to providing the safest environment for our staff and volunteers, as well as for our guests. Applicants will be interviewed by keeper staff, and those that are provisionally accepted must pass a Smithsonian background check which includes fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a keeper aide prior to beginning to volunteer.


Membership, Health Requirement and Additional Information
: Once the background check has been passed, volunteers must sign up and complete General Orientation training, submit proof of required vaccinations (negative TB test and tetanus) to the NZP health unit, become a FONZ member in their first year of volunteering, and pay the orientation fee (includes volunteer shirt and name badge). Options are available for individuals for whom the fees and membership may not be manageable, please inquire with the Program's Supervisor for available options.


Questions or to Apply
: For additional information call 202-633-3052.  To apply, Click Here and fill out the Keeper Aide Application form.

 

Keeper Aides: Asia Trail

The Asia Trail Unit is looking for keeper aides to assist with the care of its collection of animals including sloth bears, clouded leopards, fishing cats and Asian small-clawed otters. Volunteers are needed to help clean enclosures, exhibits, and animal buildings, prepare animal diets, do laundry, restock supplies, and organizing.

Special qualifications:
Volunteers should be physically fit and willing to work in all types of weather. Some animal care experience is preferred, but not required. 

Time commitment:
  Shifts are 7am-3pm one day per week for a minimum of one year. Currently Saturday-Thursday shifts are available.

Age requirement: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

Training:  Once accepted, you must attend a mandatory General Orientation session, usually held on the first Saturday of each month. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for keeper aides.


Uniform Requirement:
Volunteers must purchase and wear a Zoo volunteer uniform shirt and a name badge which is included in the orientation/training fee of $20. Volunteers must also wear khaki pants (no jeans) and sturdy closed-toed shoes.


Application Process and Background Check Requirement:
These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The Smithsonian Institution and FONZ are committed to providing the safest environment for our staff and volunteers, as well as for our guests. Applicants will be interviewed by keeper staff, and those that are provisionally accepted must pass a Smithsonian background check which includes fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a keeper aide prior to beginning to volunteer.


Membership, Health Requirement and Additional Information:
Once the background check has been passed, volunteers must sign up and complete General Orientation training, submit proof of required vaccinations (negative TB test and tetanus) to the NZP health unit, become a FONZ member in their first year of volunteering, and pay the orientation fee (includes volunteer shirt and name badge). Options are available for individuals for whom the fees and membership may not be manageable; please inquire with the Program's Supervisor for available options.


Questions or to Apply
: For additional information call 202-633-3052.  To apply, Click Here and fill out the Keeper Aide Application form.


Keeper Aides: Small Mammal House

The Zoo’s Small Mammal House is home to an interesting mix of mammals, the majority of which are no bigger than a bread box. Golden lion tamarins, armadillos, porcupines, and naked mole rats are among some of the species found inside.

Volunteers are needed to help the animal care staff prepare food, clean enclosures, plant care and environmental enrichment.


Special Qualifications:
Volunteers should be physically fit and able to work in all kinds of weather where applicable. An interest in the exhibit species is a must (armadillos, meerkats, monkeys, porcupines, and naked mole-rats are just a few of the small mammals housed in this exhibit). Some experience is preferred, but not required.

Time commitment:
  Shifts are 7am-3pm one day per week for a minimum of one year. Currently weekend and weekday shifts are available.

Age requirement: You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.

Training:  Once accepted, you must attend a mandatory General Orientation session, usually held on the first Saturday of each month. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for keeper aides.


Uniform Requirement:
Volunteers must purchase and wear a Zoo volunteer uniform shirt and a name badge which is included in the orientation/training fee of $20. Volunteers must also wear khaki pants (no jeans) and sturdy closed-toed shoes.


Application Process and Background Check Requirement:
These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The Smithsonian Institution and FONZ are committed to providing the safest environment for our staff and volunteers, as well as for our guests. Applicants will be interviewed by keeper staff, and those that are provisionally accepted must pass a Smithsonian background check which includes fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a keeper aide prior to beginning to volunteer.


Membership, Health Requirement and Additional Information:
Once the background check has been passed, volunteers must sign up and complete General Orientation training, submit proof of required vaccinations (negative TB test and tetanus) to the NZP health unit, become a FONZ member in their first year of volunteering, and pay the orientation fee (includes volunteer shirt and name badge). Options are available for individuals for whom the fees and membership may not be manageable; please inquire with the Program's Supervisor for available options.


Questions or to Apply
: For additional information call 202-633-3052.  To apply, Click Here and fill out the Keeper Aide Application form.

 

Upcoming Recruiting:

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