Thank you for your interest in becoming a Zoo Support Volunteer at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.  

Please fill this form out completely. Please 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 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, you can use the link on that page to reset it. For further assistance, contact Suzanne at

New User Details
Basic Information
Please note: if you are not accepted to this program, 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 and Conservation Biology Institute?
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 TWO references: one employment supervisor or teacher and one non-family member reference:

To ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff, and the animal collection, all provisionally accepted candidates must successfully complete an onboarding process that includes:
* A Smithsonian background check
* A review of volunteer policies, and your agreement to abide by those policies
* Online and in-person safety training
Our commitment to safety means the completion of the onboarding process will be strictly enforced. Noncompliance with the onboarding process will result in volunteer status being revoked. Please check the box below to indicate you understand and will complete the onboarding process, and that all the information you have provided in this form is true.