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Volunteer: Night of the Living Zoo

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Friends of the National Zoo is looking for volunteers for the Smithsonian's National Zoo's annual adult Halloween bash!

Why should kids have all the fun? At Night of the Living Zoo guests wear their best costumes while enjoying craft beer, fare from popular D.C. food trucks, a spooktacular costume contest, and performance artists while dancing to music at the DJ dance party.

This is an adult-only event. No children are permitted into the event areas.

Date: Friday, Oct. 25, 2019

Time: Volunteer check in will open at 5:30 p.m. Volunteer shifts are from 7-10:45 p.m.

Volunteer Roles: Volunteers are needed to help at the registration tables, act as greeters or bouncers, give out treats, bar tend and more. Roles are pre-assigned. If you would like to request a specific assignment, please indicate that when you sign up. Placement cannot be guaranteed, but preferences will be taken into account. We ask for your flexibility with assignments in case of last-minute changes the afternoon of the event.

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Special qualifications: 

Volunteers should be comfortable with a hilly and possibly lengthy walk to their assigned station. Volunteers must be comfortable being outside for the duration of the event.


Staff will be on hand to provide on the job training.


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Staff and volunteers are prohibited from consuming alcohol at this event and may not visit booths to sample the food. This policy is consistent with the product sampling policy for all FONZ fundraising events.

Dinner will be provided.*

*A vegetarian option will be available, but we are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions.