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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.

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

Smithsonian Job Postings


Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) offers full-time positions in accounting and finance, communications, education, events, human resources, membership, marketing, and management. Part-time and seasonal positions are also available for energetic, friendly, courteous, and outgoing team players. As an equal opportunity employer, FONZ values workplace diversity. 

FONZ Full-time Jobs FONZ Part-time Jobs


Both the Zoo and FONZ offer internships throughout the year. Check back regularly for updated postings.

Internship 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. 

Volunteer Positions