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Teen Volunteers

Safari Day Camp Class Aides 2017

Safari Day Camp class aides assist camp teachers with supervising campers grades K-7 as they explore the lives and habitats of animals and worldwide 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.

Summer Safari Day Camp begins Monday, June 26, 2017 and ends Friday, August 18, 2017. Camp runs Monday through Friday each week (no camp on July 4). 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.

The Class Aide program is quite competitive. There is limited space available each year; therefore, not all applicants will be interviewed or accepted. Applications are due Feb. 15, 2017. Please see "Important Dates" below for more information.

By applying to this program, teens and their parents indicate their commitment to following the policies outlined below.

Please note: There will not be any direct contact with animals at Safari Day Camp.

If you have questions about the program requirements or application process, please call 202-633-3024 or contact us.

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. Based on need and availability, Class Aides may volunteer for additional weeks.

Eligible teens must turn 13 years old before June 26, 2017 and cannot turn 18 before August 18, 2017 New applicants are required to submit an application with two references and participate in a group interview session. Not all applicants will be interviewed or accepted.

Please note: Those teens turning 18 years old before August 18 are encouraged to apply for openings in our adult programs. Please see our Washington, D.C. (Zoo), and Front Royal, Virginia (SCBI) volunteer pages for programs that are currently accepting applications.

Application online: January 15, 2017.

Application due date: February 15, 2017.
We can only accept a maximum of 100 applications at this time. We will not accept applications after February 15, 2016, or potentially sooner once we are in receipt of 100 completed applications (online application and two completed reference forms). 

Notification of selection for interview:  March 1, 2017

Interview day: March 18, 2017
Morning session: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. | Afternoon session: 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 

We will do our best to consider your session preference, but may not be able to accommodate every request. You must be available for both sessions to be considered for an interview.

Notification of selection for 2017 Class Aide Program: March 31, 2017

Required class aide training: May 20 or June 3, 2017
All returning and new Class Aides must be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for training.