Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Existing Volunteers

If you are a current volunteer or if you were a volunteer in the past, please enter your e-mail address and password below. If you need your password reset, use the Forgot password link to get a temporary password sent to your email address. If you have problems resetting your password, contact the Center for Learning Innovation at

New Volunteers

If you have never volunteered at the Zoo, you'll find application forms for our current volunteer opportunities at the top right of this page.

If you volunteered at the Zoo anytime in the last six years, your information is most likely already in our system!
If you are current or returning volunteer and wish to apply to a new program, you will need to log in before completing the application form.
If you don't remember your password, use the Forgot password link to get a temporary password that will allow you to log in.


It is mandatory for all Smithsonian Volunteers to be registered in VSys, our volunteer management database.

Creating an account here or filling out an application automatically enrolls you in this database which tracks information such as: 

  • Volunteer hours
  • Contact information
  • Visitor Engagement Counts
  • Emergency contact information
  • Badge expiration dates