Keeper Aide: Elephant Trails
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's Elephant Trails exhibit is a state-of-the-art facility for the care, conservation and research of Asian elephants.
Shifts are available every day of the week from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. You must be able to volunteer at least one day each week for one year.
Once provisionally accepted, volunteers must complete mandatory online orientation and training. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for all keeper aides.
These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applicants will be interviewed by keeper staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a keeper aide. Once accepted, volunteers must submit proof of required vaccinations, including tetanus and a negative TB test, to the Zoo's health unit.