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The National Zoo is currently accepting applications for Special Event Volunteers for Boo at the Zoo, Night of the Living Zoo, and Keeper Aides with the Department of Animal Health.

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.


Special Event Volunteer: Boo at the Zoo
Event: Friday, October 24, Saturday, October 25, and Sunday, October 26
from 5:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. each night.
Volunteer shifts run from 4:30p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Our annual family-friendly Halloween event is great fun for families with children ages 2 to 12 to trick or treat. Guests will enjoy animal encounters and festive decorations along with tasty candy and delicious snack foods from more than 30 treat stations throughout the Zoo. We are currently looking for help on Friday, October 24th, Saturday, October 25th, and Sunday, October 26th!


Volunteer duties: Boo at the Zoo volunteers will help at registration tables, act as greeters, and hand out treats to guests at treat stations across the zoo. You will be assigned a role the evening of the event when you check in. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and willingness to work where we need you most! Please note: This is a ticketed fundraising event and volunteers may not visit the treat stations as they are for paying guests.

Bringing a group to volunteer? Please have each participating individual fill out the registration info at the link below. Please note, we will make every effort to place you with someone else from your group, however we appreciate your understanding if we are unable to assign you together.


Time commitment:
The volunteer shift is 4:30pm to 9:00pm (the event runs 5:30pm-8:30pm).  You may sign up to work one night, or all three!

Dinner will be provided. (Please note that meals are donated, if you have allergies or special dietary concerns we may not be able to accommodate them, so please plan to bring a meal with you)

 

Age Requirement: You must be 15 or older to volunteer at this event. Any volunteer younger than 18 must have their parents’ or guardians’ signed permission to participate. We welcome parents to volunteer with their teens, however any children accompanying the group that are under the age of 15 and not eligible to volunteer will require a ticket to enter the event.


Uniform Requirement
: Part of the fun of this event is the costumes, so we strongly encourage volunteers to wear your own costume. Costumes should be appropriate for a family event, and not too scary or risqué. If you choose not to wear a costume, please wear khaki bottoms and a solid colored shirt. A name tag (if you are not a current volunter) will be provided at volunteer check in.

 

Getting to the Zoo: Volunteers are strongly encouraged to take Metro to the zoo; if you must drive please consider carpooling.More information about parking, should you need to drive, will be provided along with your confirmation.


To Apply: Please click here to register for this event. We will be accepting registrations through Thursday, October 23rd or until we are full so register today!. After you have filled out the online application form, staff will email you a confirmation along with additional event details closer to the event date.


Questions? For additional information email us or call 202.633.3025.


Special Event Volunteer:Night of the Living Zoo
Event: Thursday, October 30th from 6:30p.m.-10:00 p.m.
Volunteer shifts run from 5:45pm to 10:30pm

Why should kids have all the fun? We also need volunteer help for our adult Halloween bash! Guests will wear their best costumes while enjoying the National Zoo by moonlight, experiencing bone-chilling and mind-boggling performance art including palm readers, fire eaters, talking bats, and illusionists.

Volunteer duties: Night of the Living Zoo volunteers are needed to help at the registration tables, acting as greeters or bouncers, helping give out treats or bartending. You will be assigned a role the evening of the event when you check in. We thank you in advance for your flexibility and willingness to work where we most need you!
Please note: This is a ticketed fundraising event and volunteers may not visit the treat stations or drink alcohol during the event.

Bringing a group to volunteer? Please have each participating individual fill out the registration info at the link below. Please note, we will make every effort to place you with someone else from your group, however we appreciate your understanding if we are unable to assign you together.

Time commitment: The volunteer shift is 5:45pm to 10:30pm (the event runs 6:30pm-10:00pm). 

Dinner will be provided. (Please note that meals are donated, if you have allergies or special dietary concerns we may not be able to accommodate them, so please plan to bring a meal with you)

Age Requirement: Volunteers must be age 21 or older to volunteer at this event.

Uniform Requirement: Part of the fun of this event is the costumes, so we strongly encourage volunteers to wear your own costume. Costumes should not be too risqué. If you choose not to wear a costume, please wear khaki bottoms and a solid colored shirt. A name tag will be provided at volunteer check in.

Getting to the Zoo: Volunteers are strongly encouraged to take Metro to the zoo; if you must drive please consider carpooling.More information about parking, should you need to drive, will be provided along with your confirmation.

To Apply: Please click here to register for this event. We will be accepting registrations through Wednesday, October 29th or until we are full so register today! After you have filled out the online application form, staff will email you a confirmation along with additional event details closer to the event date.


Questions? For additional information email us or call 202.633.3025.


Keeper Aide Volunteer: Department of Animal Health
The Zoo is home to a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital where a team of veterinarians ensures the good health of the collection's animals. This team both carries out a program of preventive medicine and treats ill and injured animals.  

Volunteers are needed to help clean enclosures and procedure rooms, prepare animal diets, assist with cleaning duties after procedures and in the pharmacy, laundry, restock supplies, and organize. There is no animal contact due to the fact that most animals are very sick or quarantined if they are at the hospital and require special and limited handling.

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.  Applicants pursuing a degree in the field of zoo veterinary medicine as a veterinarian or technician are preferred, but no formal degree or training is required.

Time commitment:
  One day per week for a minimum of one year.  Shifts are from 7am-3pm on Thursdays and Saturdays ONLY. If you are not available on either of these days, please do not apply at this time.

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 or to receive an application email us or call 202.633.3062.


 

 

Upcoming Recruiting:

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