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The National Zoo is currently accepting applications for Special Event Volunteers for ZooFari, SCBI Grassland Vegetation Survey Volunteers and SCBI Pollinator Survey Volunteers.

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.

 

Washington, DC Positions:

Special Event: ZooFari

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ZooFari is the National Zoo’s premier food tasting event, featuring food from area restaurants, music, an auction, and more—all in the unique setting of the National Zoo. Ticket sales from ZooFari benefit the Zoo’s conservation, research, and education programs. At this event, hundreds of visitors enjoy attending for the chance to socialize, relax, and try special treats prepared by well-known area restaurants while enjoying live music and entertainment.

This year’s ZooFari will happen on Thursday, May 14, 2015.
We need your help to make it a success!

Time Commitment: The event runs from 6:30 - 9:30 pm. Volunteer shifts are from 4:30 - 9:45 pm.

Role Description: We need your help at the registration tables, to act as greeters, help monitor tables in the VIP area, to work at the “take a chance” panda pool, or to help at the silent auction. You can indicate your preference on the registration form—and please let us know if you can be flexible about your assignment!

Age Requirement: All individuals volunteering for this event must be at least 21 years old.

To Volunteer for this Event: fill out the event volunteer form

Questions: Contact Suzanne Hough at houghsm@si.edu or call 202-633-3052.

Please note: staff and volunteers may not visit the booths to sample the food and special drinks. Dinner will be provided, and volunteers may visit the mega bars to get soda or water. This ZooFari policy is consistent with the product sampling policy for all of our other fundraisers including Boo at the Zoo (where we also provide dinner and ask volunteers to refrain from sampling products at booths).

 

Front Royal, VA (SCBI) Positions:

Grassland Vegetation Survey Volunteer

Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL), a program convened by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) located in Front Royal, Virginia, studies and encourages the sustainable use of Virginia’s landscapes in order to promote native biodiversity. VWL uses community engagement and research to communicate the importance of restoring native habitats. The program utilizes citizen scientists to help collect data on grassland bird, plant, and pollinator species in order to further this effort.

Our goal is to:

  • Create a community network to promote dissemination of information from neighbor to neighbor.
  • Network landowners with state and federal agencies that can provide them with specific technical and financial assistance.
  • Establish and highlight demonstration sites that showcase best practices for different land uses, including opportunities for landowners to visit and tour working farms that serve a dual purpose in agricultural production and biodiversity.
  • Advance the science of land management and develop best management practices relevant both to working farmers and conservationists.
  • Survey Region: Piedmont Region of Virginia.

    Position Description: Volunteers will be required to survey at least one assigned site, and will be paired off in teams of two. Most sites within the VWL network are either working farms or privately owned properties. Plants will be identified to species and recorded; specimens may be collected in the field for further identification.

    Survey Time Period: There are two survey periods; June 1-31 and July 27th-August 31st. Assigned site(s) will be surveyed once during each period. Volunteers should also allot time for data entry and for at least one plant identification training session later in the summer.

    Requirements:

    1. Valid driver’s license, access to vehicle, and willingness to drive long distances.
    2. Attend a training session. This year’s training session is scheduled for April 25th from 9-12pm.
    3. Ability and willingness to work outside exposed to the sun in hot temperatures that may reach over 90F, and in conditions that may expose you to biting insects (including ticks), poison ivy, livestock and wildlife. Some hiking over uneven ground should be expected.
    4. Volunteers should be able to interact professionally with local landowners and other citizen scientists.
    5. Knowledge of or experience with identifying Virginia native grassland plant species and introduced plant species.

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

    Questions: Contact Celia Vuocolo, MSc. Candidate for more information.

    Application: Apply now through the on-line registration form

    Pollinator Survey Volunteer

    Virginia Working Landscapes (VWL), a program convened by the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) located in Front Royal, Virginia, studies and encourages the sustainable use of Virginia’s landscapes in order to promote native biodiversity. VWL uses community engagement and research to communicate the importance of restoring native habitats. The program utilizes citizen scientists to help collect data on grassland bird, plant, and pollinator species in order to further this effort.

    Our goal is to:

  • Create a community network to promote dissemination of information from neighbor to neighbor.
  • Network landowners with state and federal agencies that can provide them with specific technical and financial assistance.
  • Establish and highlight demonstration sites that showcase best practices for different land uses, including opportunities for landowners to visit and tour working farms that serve a dual purpose in agricultural production and biodiversity.
  • Advance the science of land management and develop best management practices relevant both to working farmers and conservationists.
  • Volunteers will be required to survey at least one assigned site, and will be paired off in teams of two. Most sites within the VWL network are either working farms or privately owned properties. Plants will be identified to species and recorded; specimens may be collected in the field for further identification.

    Survey Region: Piedmont Region of Virginia.

    Survey Time Period: There are two survey periods; June 1st-July1st for the General Pollinator Surveys and June 15th- August 15th for the Rare Bumble Bee Project. Volunteers can participate in one or both surveys.

    Position Description:

    General Pollinator Surveys: Volunteers will be required to survey at least one assigned site, possibly two. Most sites within the VWL network are either working farms or privately owned properties. Blue Vane traps will be set out at predetermined points and collected two weeks later and replaced with a fresh trap. This will occur three times for each site during the survey period.
    Rare Bumble Bee Project: Volunteers will be required to survey at least one site, or possibly more, and will be paired with another volunteer. Volunteers will be trained on bumble bee identification, handling and sampling techniques.

    Requirements:

    1. Valid driver’s license, access to vehicle, and willingness to drive long distances.
    2. Attend required training sessions. The first training session is scheduled for May 9th, from 9am-12pm at SCBI. All volunteers must attend, regardless of survey assignment. A second training session will be held for volunteers that signed up for the Rare Bumble Bee Project on June 20th, from 10am-12pm. This session will be held in the field at a location TBA.
    3. Ability and willingness to work outside exposed to the sun in hot temperatures that may reach over 90F, and in conditions that may expose you to biting insects (including ticks), poison ivy, livestock and wildlife. Some hiking over uneven ground should be expected.
    4. Volunteers should be able to interact professionally with local landowners and other citizen scientists.

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

    Questions: Contact Celia Vuocolo, MSc. Candidate for more information.

    Application: Apply now through the on-line registration form

     

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