Thank you for your interest in becoming a Zoo Support Volunteer at the National Zoo.  Please fill this form out completely. If you wish to include a resume with your application, you can attach a PDF in the application.

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 will be fingerprinted and must pass a Smithsonian background check for any convictions directly related to the duties and responsibilities of this volunteer position.  Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify candidates.  Prior to beginning to volunteer, candidates must also complete a health screening and online training.

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

FONZ Zoo Support Volunteer Application
National Elephant Herpesvirus Lab
Basic Information
We do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression. In order to track the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts, please tell us what your gender is (Optional).
Please note: this application is for the Zoo's National Elephant Herpesvirus Lab 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.
What day(s) of the week are you available? Please check all that apply.

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