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Kids' Farm Volunteer

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The Kids’ Farm is an exhibit designed to provide young children (ages 3-8 years old) with an opportunity to observe and engage with a variety of farm animals, including cows, alpacas, hogs, donkeys, goats and chickens. During daily demonstrations, keepers and volunteers share information about the animals’ personalities, where food comes from and the importance of caring for all animals.

During the busy summer months, teen volunteers are essential to providing a meaningful experience for guests of all ages. Duties include, but are not limited to, answering visitor questions, assisting guests with interactive activities and sparking conversations about the role individuals can play in local and global conservation efforts. Volunteers also have the opportunity to interact with and learn from Smithsonian scientists and animal keepers.

Volunteers must be interested in working with children, have good communication skills, have flexible schedules, be imaginative, be tolerant of being outside in Washington’s summer weather and be willing to be on their feet for a busy shift.

The Kids’ Farm Teen Volunteer program begins Monday, June 25, 2018, and ends Friday, Aug. 17, 2018. Half-day shifts will be available five days a week (Monday to Friday, no shifts on July 4) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 to 4 p.m.

Age Range: 
14 - 17
Commitment: 
short-term
Special qualifications: 
Kids’ Farm volunteers (ages 14-17) are required to work two weeks, with an option for a third week based on need and availability (weeks do not need to be consecutive). Eligible teens must turn 14 years old before June 25, 2018, and cannot turn 18 before Aug. 17, 2018. New applicants are required to submit an application with two references and participate in a group interview session.
Location: 
Washington DC
Status: 
Open
Category: 
Teen
Contact phone: 
202.633.3061