Thank you for your interest in becoming a Keeper Aide Volunteer for the Great Cats animal care team at the Smithsonian's National Zoo.

Please fill this form out completely. If you wish to include a resume with your application, please attach a PDF copy to your form.

These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available.  You must be at least 21 in order to apply for this program. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applicants will be interviewed by unit staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will be fingerprnted and must pass a Smithsonian background check for any convictions directly related to the volunteer's duties and responsibilities.  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 sign in before filling out this form. Go to to sign in with your email address and password. If you don't remember your password, use the "forgot password" link or contact Lois at to reset it.

Keeper Aide at Great Cats
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 of 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

In Case of Emergency (ICE) Contact Information

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.