Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Friends of the National Zoo. We are recruiting volunteers for the FONZ Events Corps program.

Special Event volunteers are the foundation of the many entertaining events that take place on Zoo grounds. Public education, membership appreciation, and fundraising events such as Wildlife Migration Day, ZooFari, Boo at the Zoo, and ZooLights would not be possible without the assistance of Special Event volunteers.

FONZ Events Corps candidates must commit to volunteer for at least three special events each year, and to attend one of two seasonal meetings. They will receive access to the volunteer newsletter, invitations to appreciation events, a discount on FONZ membership and a uniform shirt for the events.

Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. The Smithsonian Institution and FONZ are committed to providing the safest environment for our guests, volunteers, and staff. Selected applicants will be provisionally accepted, and will then be fingerprinted and must pass a Smithsonian background check for any conviction directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the volunteer position. Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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