Thank you for your interest in becoming a Keeper Aide Volunteer for the Bird exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Volunteers are needed to help the animal care staff clean enclosures, prepare food and enrichment items, and assist the keepers with other duties.

Volunteers must be able to commit to one day per week for a minimum of one year. Shifts are from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Several weekday shifts are available. Weekend shifts are currently full. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old in order to be considered.

Please fill this form out completely. If you wish to include a resume, 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 before filling out this form. Go to where you can sign in with your email address and password, or click on the link to reset your password. If you need assistance, contact Suzanne at
FONZ Volunteer Application: Bird House Keeper Aide Program
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 7:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m. What day(s) of the week are you available?

Home Address

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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:

Please check this box to show you understand this program is a long-term volunteer opportunity and you can commit to volunteering for at least one year in this program.
Please check this box to show you have read and understand the requirements for this volunteer position.