Photo credit: Cristina Santiestevan / Friends of the National Zoo
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 22, 2015 and cannot turn 18 before August 15, 2015.
Please note: if you will turn 18 before August 15, you are not eligible to volunteer in the teen class aide program. You are welcome to apply for openings in our adult programs. Please click here to return to our adult volunteer webpage for programs that are currently recruiting.
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 22, 2015. Camp runs Monday through Friday, with a day off on July 3. 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 2015.
The application period for the 2015 summer program is now closed. Please check back in early 2016.
Completed applications must be received by March 1, 2015.
A completed application packet must include the following items:
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 email@example.com.