Thank you for your interest in becoming a Zoo Support Volunteer at the National Zoo. Please fill this form out completely.

You MUST include a resume with your application in pdf form in order to be considered for this position.

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. Applicants will be selected for interview 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 its 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 log in before filling out this form. Go to https://nationalzoo.vsyslive.comand sign in with your email address and password. If you need help resetting your password, please contact Suzanne at
New User Details
FONZ Zoo Support Volunteer Application
Department of Animal Health Keeper Aides
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: this application is for the Zoo's Department of Animal Health volunteer program. if you wish to apply to a different program, please keep an eye on the Zoo's web site.

Home Address

Emergency Contact Address

General Medical Information
Have you ever volunteered with or worked for FONZ or the Smithsonian's National Zoo? Click the box to indicate "Yes."
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: