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Friends of the National Zoo

Special Events Coordinator

Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) is a 58-year old nonprofit organization that exists to support the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.  FONZ’s mission is to save species and save us by enriching visitor experiences, delivering transformational member and guest experiences and events, providing active volunteer and public education programs, supporting the Zoo’s long-term financial sustainability, and building public awareness and support for the Zoo’s conservation mission.

The Events Department is a Special Events Coordinator to assist with the execution of all corporate and special events.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assist with development and implementation of all corporate and special events.
  • Support events staff with corporate and special events including set up and breakdown, greeting guests, ordering supplies, and invoicing.
  • Support department staff with a variety of administrative functions.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.



  • High School Diploma; college experience or degree preferred
  • Must have 1-2 years’ experience in events
  • Must have a valid driver’s license with clean motor vehicle record
  • Must be able to work some evenings and weekends
  • Must be customer service focused and able to appropriately interact with staff, event guests, and general public
  • Excellent Communication skills (written and oral)
  • Creative problem solver
  • Must be able to work well independently as well as on a team
  • Must have excellent organizational skills

All interested applicants may apply at

As an equal opportunity employer, FONZ values workplace diversity

Experience Required

1-2 years experience

How to Apply

Friends of the National Zoo
Washington, DC 20008

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