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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 volunteers for Zoo Uncorked on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017. Zoo Uncorked is a wine-tasting event at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, featuring vintners, food trucks and live entertainment. Apply to volunteer today!
Age Requirement: 21+
Commitment: one-day

Friends of the National Zoo is seeking horticulture volunteers to assist the Smithsonian's National Zoo's gardeners and horticulturists.

Age Requirement: 18+
Commitment: long-term
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is seeking volunteers to assist in the Zoo's state-of-the-art pathology lab.
Age Requirement: 18+
Commitment: long-term

Friends of the National Zoo is currently accepting volunteer groups to assist with a variety of projects around the Zoo, including raking, weeding, planting, mulching, cleaning signs and glass, preparing for events, and grounds clean up.

Age Requirement: 18+
Commitment: one-day