Safari Day Camp Class Aides 2016 Teen Volunteers


Safari Day Camp Class Aides assist camp teachers with supervising campers ages 5-12 as they explore the lives and habitats of animals and world-wide conservation efforts to protect them. Class Aides will help with science experiments, activities, crafts, zoo walks, and much more! We are looking for responsible, outgoing, and motivated teens to volunteer their time and talent to this program.  There will not be any direct contact with animals at Safari Day Camp.

Upon acceptance, all teen volunteers will be required to submit a medical history form and pay the Class Aide Orientation/Training fee of $30.  This fee covers the cost of one new FONZ volunteer shirt, supplies for orientation training, a daily snack on the weeks that you work, and program administration. We understand that this fee may present a hardship for some, so please contact the Safari Day Camp office prior to the registration deadline to discuss available options.

Teen volunteers are required to observe the National Zoo’s attendance and behavior policies. Class Aides are required to wear a FONZ volunteer shirt (included in registration fee and provided at training) and khaki (light brown or tan) pants, shorts, or skirts. No denim is allowed. Closed-toed shoes are also required; flip-flops are not acceptable.

The Class Aide program is quite competitive.  There is limited space available each year; therefore, not all applicants will be interviewed or accepted.

By applying to this program, teens and their parents indicate their commitment to following the policies outlined above.

Eligible teens must turn 13 before June 20, 2016 and cannot turn 18 before August 12, 2016. New applicants are required to submit an application with two references and participate in a group interview session. Not all applicants will be interviewed or accepted.

Please note: if you will turn 18 before August 12, you are not eligible to volunteer in the teen class aide program. You are welcome to apply for openings in our adult programs. Please see our Washington, DC and Front Royal, VA (SCBI) recruiting pages for programs that are currently accepting applications.

Junior Class Aides (ages 13-15) are required to work two weeks. Senior Class Aides (ages 16-17) are required to work a minimum of three weeks but may opt to volunteer for up to four weeks.

Summer Safari Day Camp is offered for 8 weeks and begins Monday, June 20, 2016. Camp runs Monday through Friday, with a day off on July 4. All camp sessions are full day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Class Aides are expected to arrive by 8:30 a.m. each day and will be able to leave by 3:30 p.m.

Please review the critical dates below for 2016.

Application due date: February 15, 2016.
We can only accept a maximum of 100 applications at this time.  We will not accept applications after February 15, 2016 or potentially sooner once we are in receipt of 100 completed applications (online application + two completed reference forms). 

Notification of selection for interview:  March 1, 2016

Interview day: March 12, 2016
Morning session: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Afternoon session: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  We will do our best to consider your session preference, but may not be able to accommodate every request.  You must be available for both sessions to be considered for an interview.

Notification of selection for 2015 Class Aide Program: April 15, 2016

Class Aide training: May 14 or May 21, 2016
All returning and new Class Aides must be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for training.

Completed applications must be received by February 15, 2016.

A completed application packet must include the following items:

  1. Completed application form (including essay questions).
  2. References:  Identify two references and send them the link below for the Class Aide Reference Form.  References should be adults (18 years or older) who know you well but who are not related to you (teacher, family friend, etc.).  Give your references the link as soon as possible to ensure they have enough time to complete it.  Please remember that we can only accept the first 100 applicants who have complete applications and two reference forms.

    Class Aide Reference Form:
As a reminder, submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement.


If you have questions about the program requirements or application process, please contact us at 202-633-3024 or