Thank you for your interest in becoming a Zoo Support Volunteer at the National Zoo.

Please fill this form out completely. Please include a resume with your application--you can attach a PDF in the application form.

Please Note: These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The Smithsonian Institution and FONZ are committed to providing the safest environment for our staff and volunteers, as well as for our guests. Select applicants will be interviewed by keeper staff, and those that are provisionally accepted must pass a Smithsonian background check which includes fingerprinting as a requirement for approval as a Zoo Support Volunteer prior to beginning to volunteer.

If you are a current or former volunteer please log in before filling out this form. Go to to sign in with your email address and password. If you don't remember your password, contact Suzanne at to reset it.

New User Details
FONZ Zoo Support Volunteer Application
Department of Animal Health Keeper Aides
Basic Information
Please note: this application is for the Zoo's Department of Animal Health volunteer program. if you wish to apply to a different program, please keep an eye on the Zoo's web site. We will keep your application on file for three months, and then will delete it.

Home Address

Emergency Contact Address

General Medical Information
Have you ever volunteered with or worked for FONZ or the Smithsonian's National Zoo? Click the box to indicate "Yes."
Have you ever held a volunteer position before?
Do you have any previous animal care experience? Explain briefly.

Background and References
Have you been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the past seven years, other than a minor traffic offense, which has not been pardoned or expunged from your record?
(Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor will not automatically disqualify you from employment)

Please list one employment supervisor or teacher and one non-family member reference: