Keeper Aides at the National Zoo

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Friends of the National Zoo

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Did you know that there are volunteer opportunities with the Animal Care team at the National Zoo? We are currently recruiting Zoo help volunteers in several areas, including at the Reptile Discovery Center, the Elephant Community Center, the Bird House, and the Great Apes building.

All of these programs require a minimum of a year-long commitment, a Smithsonian background check, and volunteers generally work one full day each week. See the specific programs for all the requirements.

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3001 Connecticut Avenue NWWashington, DC 20008



  • Animal Care / Handling
  • Aquarium Maintenance




  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training
  • One full day each week for at least one year
  • Health clearance, online training, and on-the-job training

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