Thank you for your interest in becoming a Keeper Aide Volunteer for the American Trail program at the Smithsonian's 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 volunteer position's duties and responsibility. Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.

All Zoo Support volunteers must also complete a health screening and online training prior to beginning to volunteer.

If you are a current or former volunteer please log in at before filling out this form. If you don't remember your password, go to and use the "Forgot Password" link to reset it.
FONZ Volunteer Application: American Trail Keeper Aide
Basic Information
Our company does not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression. In order to track the effectiveness of our recruiting efforts and ensure we consider the needs of all our volunteers and employees, please tell us what your gender is. (Optional)
Please note: if we receive your application after the available spots have been filled, we will keep your form on file for three months, and then will delete it.
Shifts generally begin at 7:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. What day(s) of the week are you available?

Home Address

Emergency Contact Address

General Medical Information
Have you ever volunteered with or worked for FONZ or the Smithsonian's National Zoo?
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: