Thank you for your interest in becoming a Keeper Aide Volunteer for the Bird exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Volunteers are needed to help the animal care staff clean enclosures, prepare food and enrichment items, and assist the keepers with other duties.

Volunteers must be able to commit to one day per week for a minimum of one year. Shifts are from 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Several weekday shifts are available. Weekend shifts are currently full. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old in order to be considered.

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. Select applicants will be interviewed by keeper staff, and those that are provisionally accepted must pass a Smithsonian background check which includes fingerprinting as a requirement for approval as a Zoo Support Volunteer prior to beginning to volunteer. Applicants must also submit proof of required vaccinations, including tetanus and a negative TB test, to the Zoo's health unit.

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New User Details
FONZ Volunteer Application: Bird House Keeper Aide Program
Basic Information
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
Have you been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor in the past seven years, other than a minor traffic offense, which has not been pardoned or expunged from your record?
(Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor will not automatically disqualify you from employment)

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.