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The Zoo is open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Entry passes are required for all guests, including infants. Plan your visit.

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Volunteer at the Zoo

Volunteer opportunities at the Smithsonian's National Zoo's main campus in Washington, D.C., include Zoo Aides and Zoo Interpreters. Zoo Aides assist animal care, science, horticulture and other behind-the-scenes departments. Zoo Interpreters directly engage Zoo guests in educational conversations about the Zoo's animals, conservation and animal care.

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

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.

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We currently have no open positions at this location.

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We currently have no upcoming opportunities at this location.