Dec. 9 | Chief veterinarian Dr. Don Neiffer examines 3.5-month-old giant panda cub Xiao Qi Ji.

Zoo Jobs

Interested in a career at the Smithsonian's National Zoo And Conservation Biology Institute? As part of the Smithsonian Institution, job postings are listed on the Smithsonian website. You can learn more about applying to Smithsonian jobs on the Office of Human Resources website

Positions are also posted on the official LinkedIn account.

If you're a student interested in working with animals or at a zoo, you can learn more about careers in animal care here.


Featured Positions

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The Associate Director of Planning, Facilities, and Exhibits is a senior management position within the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) responsible for providing strategic program planning and overseeing and managing the operations and maintenance of facilities and exhibits.

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The incumbent will serve as the primary point of contact for the animal management camera system which is built on a modern CCTV platform. This will include the management of servers, desktops, and application; installation and maintenance of camera hardware; and project management with preferred vendor.

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The Special Assistant is responsible for providing administrative, program support, personal and confidential assistant for the Director and Deputy Director.


The Zoo offers internships throughout the year. Check back regularly for updated postings.

Volunteer Positions

Volunteers offer invaluable support to the Zoo. They work with visitors and staff, plants and animals, independently or in groups, on weekdays and weekends. Programs offer volunteers an opportunity to learn, interact with visitors and staff, help with education and conservation activities, and have fun! An interest in animals and their conservation is a must.