Thank you for your interest in joining the Smithsonian's National Zoo's Cheetah Conservation Station (CCS) Volunteer Interpreter program. CCS is home to cheetahs, zebras, Dama gazelles and scimitar-horned oryx, red river hogs, sitatunga and Abyssinian ground hornbills. Their exhibits are designed to encourage and enable the animals' natural behavior. Through on-line and in-person training you will learn about the exhibit and how to share information with Zoo guests.  As a volunteer, your role will be to talk with visitors to the National Zoo and tell the stories of the animals in the exhibit.


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 staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will be fingerprinted and must pass a Smithsonian background check for any convictions directly related to the duties and responsibilities of the position. Only job-related convictions will be considered and will not automatically disqualify the candidate.

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, click the "Forgot password" link on that page.  If you need assistance, contact Suzanne Hough at  

This is a year-round volunteer opportunity. Both weekday and weekend volunteers are being recruited. Volunteers are asked to work at least three three-hour shift each month. To be eligible, volunteers must be at least 18 years old, and should be comfortable spending time on their feet for the shifts. The application deadline is May 24th or when the maximum number of applications are received.

Please fill this form out completely. Questions? Contact Bob Cmarik at 202-633-3058 or by email


New User Details
Cheetah Conservation Station Interpreter Volunteer Application

Basic Information
Home Address
You must be at least 18 to apply for this volunteer position.
We do not discriminate on the basis of gender identity or expression.  In order to track the effectiveness of our recruting efforts and ensure we consider the needs of all our volunteers and employees, please tell us what your gender is (optional).
Emergency Contact
Please provide as much information as possible. We will only contact this individual in the event of an emergency.
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The Cheetah Conservation Station volunteer shifts are mornings (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) or afternoons (1:00 to 4:00 p.m.) and are weekdays and weekends. During the training, this will be discussed in greater detail, and volunteers will be able to select their monthly shift times and days.
Do you prefer to work mornings or afternoons? For our planning, it would be helpful to know what days of the week and times of day would be best for you.

Background and Policies
Background References (please provide two references, and at least one should be a professional contact)

Training consists of both classroom and online sessions beginning in late May. You must be able to attend all three of the Saturday in-person training dates: June 1, 15 and 22.