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Volunteer at the Zoo

Volunteer programs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's main campus in Washington, D.C., fall into five categories: education, Zoo support, special events, teens, and groups.

Looking for volunteer opportunities at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute? See the volunteer opportunities in Front Royal, Virginia

For long-term assignments (interpreters, keeper aides, behavior watchers) we recommend that you only apply to the area where you are most interested in working, as you will not be eligible to volunteer with another unit for at least six months. These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, however, submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement.

Currently accepting applications for:

Friends of the National Zoo is seeking horticulture volunteers to assist the Smithsonian's National Zoo's gardeners and horticulturists.
Age Range: 18+
Commitment: long-term
Friends of the National Zoo is seeking general event volunteers and volunteer bartenders for ZooFari on Thursday, May 16, 2019.
Age Range: 21+
Commitment: one-day
Volunteers are needed to assist the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Bird House keepers clean exhibits, floors and dishes, and prepare food and enrichment items.
Age Range: 18+
Commitment: long-term
The Smithsonian's National Zoo is looking for volunteers to participate in a systematic survey of Zoo grounds, looking at glass panel areas that are known for potential bird strike hazards.
Age Range: 18+
Commitment: long-term
Friends of the National Zoo is seeking volunteers for a new special event volunteer program. Special event volunteers must commit to at least three special events per year. Most events, but not all, are evening events.
Age Range: 18+
Commitment: short-term
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is recruiting volunteers to serve as interpreters at Cheetah Conservation Station, home to nine species native to Africa, including cheetahs, Grevy’s zebra, oryx, red river hogs, lesser kudu and Ruppell’s griffon vultures.
Age Range: 18+
Commitment: long-term

Upcoming opportunities:

We currently have no upcoming opportunities at this location.