Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Special Events

Special Event volunteers are the foundation of the many entertaining events that take place on Zoo grounds.

Events such as Easter Monday: Celebrating the African American Family, ZooFari, Rock and Roar, and Boo at the Zoo are offered for public education, membership appreciation, fundraising, or all three. Duties vary widely and might include setting up before the event, assisting with arts and crafts, monitoring an activity, or dressing up as a panda and passing out pins! Events take place throughout the year, but spring and fall are particularly busy seasons.

Special qualifications: Good health, stamina, and the ability to work outside in all weather. People skills are necessary if you want to work with visitors during an event.

Time commitment: Times and days vary with the event.

Training: On the job.

Recruiting: Recruiting for Special Events occurs approximately one month before the event begins. Please visit the Currently Recruiting For page.