Keeper Aide: Small Animal Facility - Black-footed Ferrets
Friends of the National Zoo's department of education and volunteer services is currently recruiting volunteer keeper aides for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's small animal facility.
Volunteers are needed to assist with daily food preparation, feeding, cleaning enclosures and providing enrichment for black-footed ferrets.Shifts are available every day of the week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one shift per week for a minimum of one year.
These positions are highly competitive with limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The Smithsonian Institution and FONZ are committed to providing the safest environment for staff and volunteers. Applicants will be interviewed by SCBI staff, and those that are provisionally accepted must pass a Smithsonian background check (which includes fingerprinting) prior to their first volunteer shift. Once accepted, volunteers must submit proof of required vaccinations, including tetanus and a negative TB test, to the Smithsonian's National Zoo's health unit.
Please note: It is Smithsonian's National Zoo's policy that individuals who keep venomous animals in personal collections will not be accepted as volunteer keeper aides.