Thank you for your interest in becoming a Red Siskin Initiative volunteer for the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Volunteers will be helping the Smithsonian in supporting the Red Siskin Initiative (, which helps to protect these birds, and restore sustainable populations through reintroduction.

This volunteer position would support the program coordinator at the Smithsonian, facilitating work with scientists at the National Zoo, the Conservation Biology Institute, and other research locations. Volunteers can work remotely or can make arrangements to come in to the Zoo. Volunteers must be at least 21 years old, and must commit to work between five and ten hours per week for a minimum of one year. 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. Applicants will be interviewed by unit staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will be fingerprinted and must pass a Smithsonian background check for any convictions directly related to the volunteers' 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 to sign in with your email address and password, or click on the link to reset your password. If you need assistance, contact Suzanne Hough at

FONZ Red Siskin Initiative Support Volunteer Application
Basic Information
You must be at least 21 years old to volunteer for this program.
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 our volunteers and employees, please tell us what your gender is. (Optional)
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.
What day(s) of the week are you available? Please check all that apply.

Volunteers in this position will be expected to read, write, and speak Spanish. Please describe your level of fluency in Spanish:
Home Address

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?

Background and References
Please list TWO references: one employment supervisor or teacher and one non-family member reference:

To ensure the safety of our volunteers, staff, and the animal collection, all provisionally accepted candidates must successfully complete an onboarding process that includes:
* A Smithsonian background check
* A review of volunteer policies, and your agreement to abide by those policies
* Online and in-person safety training
Our commitment to safety means the completion of the onboarding process will be strictly enforced. Noncompliance with the onboarding process will result in volunteer status being revoked. Please check the box below to indicate you understand and will complete the onboarding process, and that all the information you have provided in this form is true.