Thank you for your interest in this volunteer opportunity at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. We have incorporated bird-friendly design in our exhibit spaces, and are conducting a study about the effectiveness of the designs. Volunteers in the Bird Glass Study program will help the Zoo evaluate the exhibit designs such as the anti-bird-strike glass installed at outdoor exhibits, which requires walking around the Zoo's public spaces and reporting any injured birds near outdoor enclosures.

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 staff, and those that 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 conisdered 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.  If you need assistance, contact Suzanne Hough at
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FONZ Zoo Support Bird Glass Study Volunteer Application
Basic Information
Please note: if you are not accepted to this program, we will keep your application on file for three months, and then will delete it.
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)

Home Address
(Your email address will be your user name.)

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.

Please list one employment supervisor or teacher and one non-family member reference: