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The National Zoo is currently accepting applications for Special Event Volunteers at Rock'n'Roar, Keeper Aides in Amazonia, Kids' Farm and Primates.

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 Volunteers: Rock'N'Roar
Friday, September 12, 2014  from 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Volunteer shifts run from 5:00 to 9:30 p.m.

Friends of the National Zoo is now recruiting volunteers to assist at our Rock and Roar concert event on Friday, September 12 featuring The Fray.

Volunteers are needed to assist at soda stands, registration, and ushering at this fun outdoor concert. Volunteer assignments will be pre-assigned to ensure all tasks are covered. Confirmation information will be sent in advance of the event.


We thank you in advance for your flexibility and willingness to work where we most need you!

Time commitment:
The volunteer shift is 5:00pm to 9:30pm. 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 accordingly)

Age Requirement:
This is a ticketed event. Volunteers must be at least age 21, and may not drink alcoholic beverages at this event.

Training:
You will be pre-assigned a role prior to the event and information will be sent to you along with your confirmation. Staff will provide on the job training the night of the event. We appreciate your flexibilty and willingness to work where we most need assistance should we need to make any last minute changes to your assignments the evening of the concert.

Uniform:
Current FONZ Volunteers should wear their uniform shirt, khaki bottoms and nametag. First time volunteers should wear a white button down shirt and khaki pants/skirts. No jeans please.  A name tag will be provided for first time volunteers when you check in. Please be sure to dress for the weather!

Getting to the Zoo:
 Volunteers are strongly encouraged to take Metro to the zoo; if you must drive please consider carpooling. Please indicate whether you will be driving when you register. More information about parking, should you need to drive, will be provided in your confirmation.

Questions or to apply:
For additional information and to request a registration form email us or call 202.633.4456.

 

Keeper Aide Volunteers: Amazonia
The National Zoo's Amazonia Exhibit leads visitors into the realm of the Amazon River Basin where giant arapaima, pacu, catfish, turtles, and stingrays swim underwater and sunbitterns, poison dart frogs, and monkeys inhabit the forest world above. More than 350 species of plants, including kapok, avocado and cocoa trees, tropical vines, and epiphytes, live in this enclosed tropical habitat.


Special Qualifications:
Volunteers should be physically fit and willing to work in all types of weather as some of our collection is exhibited in a greenhouse environment. Keeper Aides should be interested in learning about and caring for a variety of amphibians, reptiles, plants, fish, birds and mammals. Applicants must be comfortable working around/with insects. 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:
We currently have openings for keeper aides on Wednesdays. If you are unable to volunteer on Wednesdays, please do not apply at this time. The shifts times are from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. You must be able to volunteer at least one day each week for one year.


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 and to request a registration form email us or call 202.633.3058.

 

Keeper Aide Volunteer-Kids’ Farm
The Kids’ Farm is home to various farm animals, some of which are rare breeds, including the San Clement Island goats and Ossabaw Island hogs.

Special Qualifications:
Volunteers should be physically fit and willing to work in all types of weather as our collection is exhibited outside and in an open barn.  Applicants should be interested in learning about and caring for a variety of farm animals. Keeper Aides at Kids’ Farm will assist animal keepers with all aspects of animal husbandry including: cleaning feces and soiled wood shavings from overnight holding stalls, preparing food and water for animals, and walking goats and donkeys (on leash) to and from animal enclosures.  Some animal care experience is preferred, but not required.

Time Commitment
:  There are currently openings for keeper aides on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday.  The shift times are from 7:30am to 10:00am.  You must be able to volunteer at least one day each week for one year.

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 of $20 (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 and to request a registration form email us or call 202.633.3056.

 

Keeper Aide Volunteers: Primates
The Zoo’s Primate Department is home to great apes, gibbons, lemurs and a few various other species. Volunteers are needed to help the animal care staff clean exhibits, prepare enrichment and diet items, and when necessary monitor animal activity on the National Zoo’s O-Line. 

Special Qualifications:
 Applicants should be physically fit and able to lift heavy objects.  An interest in primate husbandry and behavior is preferred but not required. This volunteer position has a strict no contact policy with the primates.

Time Commitment:
 Currently there are only a few weekday vacancies.  The shifts are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You must be able to volunteer at least one day each week for one year.

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:
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:
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 prior to starting as well as an annual TB test) to the NZP health unit, become a FONZ member in their first year of volunteering, and pay the orientation fee of $20 (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. TB testing is available free of charge at the zoo's health unit.

Closing date:
 August 15, 2014 – All applications will be reviewed and will receive an email notification within two weeks of the closing date.

Questions or to apply:
For additional information and to request a registration form email us or call 202.633.3057.

 


Upcoming Recruiting:

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