Please fill out all the fields completely. Incomplete applications will not be accepted.  

Thank you for your interest in joining the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Summer Teen Volunteer program. 

Summer Safari Teen Volunteers
As a volunteer, your role will be to assist teachers with day camp activities. This is a summer-long volunteer opportunity. Only weekday volunteers are being recruited. Junior Class Aides are asked to work at least two full weeks, and Senior Class Aides will work at least three weeks. To be eligible, volunteers must be at least 13 years old by June 25th, and may not turn 18 before August 16th, 2018.  Class Aides should be comfortable spending time on their feet for the shifts. The application deadline is February 16th for returning volunteers and February 23rd for new Class Aides.

Kids' Farm Teen Volunteers
As a volunteer, your role will be to assist Zookeepers as they care for the farm animals and interact with visitors sharing conservation stories. This is a summer-long volunteer opportunity. Weekday and weekend volunteers are being recruited.  To be eligible, volunteers must be at least 14 years old by June 25th, and may not turn 18 before August 16th, 2018. Kids' Farm volunteers should be comfortable spending time outside on their feet for the shifts. The application deadline is February 23rd for Kids' Farm volunteers.  



If you've never volunteered before, please create an ID and password in the fields below. We recommend you use your email address as your ID, but create a unique new password for this site. If you have previously volunteered but have forgotten your ID and password, contact Suzanne Hough at houghsm@si.edu to reset your password.

New User Details
Please answer each question completely and in your own words. We cannot accept incomplete applications.
If you have questions about the Class Aide volunteer program, please contact the Safari Day Camp Office at (202) 633-3024.
If you have questions about the Kids' Farm volunteer program, please contact the Dept. of Volunteers and Public Education at (202) 633-3025.
Basic Information
Candidates must be between the ages of 13 and 17. If you turn 18 on or before August 16, 2018, you are not eligible to volunteer.

Emergency Contacts
Please provide two In Case of Emergency (ICE) contact names (including relationship, email and phone numbers).

Medical and Health Information
The following fields are required. Please provide complete answers including descriptions of medication, past treatments, and any special restrictions our staff should know about while you are at the zoo. Please write N/A or NONE if not applicable.
Please check the boxes below to indicate "Yes"
Please provide your physician's name and their office phone number.
Your emergency contact will be notified in the case of a medical emergency involving you. In the event that your emergency contact cannot be reached, your parent or guardian must authorize the calling of a doctor and the providing of necessary medical services in the event you are injured or become ill.

Please ask your parent or guardian to sign below to indicate FONZ staff have permission to provide routine healthcare, dispense approved medications, and seek emergency treatments if necessary.



Essay Section: Please take the time to fully answer each of the following questions in your own words.
Kids' Farm Volunteer Candidates Please fill out the field below if you wish to be considered for the Kids' Farm volunter program. If you are only interested in Summer Safari opportunity, you do not need to fill out this section.

Safari Day Camp Candidates Please fill out the fields below if you wish to be considered for the Summer Safari program. If you are only interested in the Kids' Farm opportunity, you do not need to fill out this section.
Junior Class Aides (ages 13-15) are required to work two weeks. Senior Class Aides (16-17) are required to work a minimum of three weeks.

How will you be getting to the Zoo for your volunteer work?
Please select your commute option from the list below. If you will be dropped off and picked up by a driver, please indicate their contact information as well.