Volunteers offer invaluable support to the National Zoo. They work with visitors and staff, plants and animals, independently and in groups, on weekdays and weekends. They learn, help the Zoo with education and conservation activities, and have fun! Find out about benefits of volunteering.

Although most volunteers must be at least 18 years old, we do offer several programs for younger teens. An interest in animals and their conservation is a must.

Current Needs

Find out about our one-of-a-kind projects and activities and other terrific opportunities on the Currently Recruiting For... page.

Volunteer Programs

Our numerous volunteer programs fall into these four categories:

Please read about our programs and then click tolet us know your top four choices. You will be contacted as soon as the program managers are ready to schedule an interview.


Please call 202.633.3025 or email us.

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