Biological Science Technician (Veterinary Technician)

Organization: Smithsonian National Zoo (AZA Member)
Location: Washington, DC, United States
Job or Internship: Job

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Job Announcement Number:13R-LG-298530-DEU-NZP

All applications must be completed online.

OPEN PERIOD: Wednesday, March 27, 2013 to Wednesday, April 10, 2013


This position is located in the Department of Wildlife Health Sciences (WHS) at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park (NZP). The employee provides veterinary technical support in the delivery of health care to a wide variety of non-domestic collection animals located at NZP; and completes veterinary tasks to insure the proper functioning of the WHS’s Veterinary Hospital and the medical programs in place at NZP. These activities require experience in paraprofessional veterinary care, and knowledge of safe and humane animal husbandry procedures and practices.

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•Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation

•May need to complete a Probationary Period

•Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer

•Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.


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•Inspects and monitors all hospitalized or quarantined animals at specific times to insure proper care, wellbeing and security of animals in enclosures, and assure prompt reporting of illness or abnormal behavior.

•Administers prescribed treatments, medications and/or nutritional supplements to animals in the hospital and in the grounds of the NZP.

•Cleans hospital facilities, including treatment, surgery and quarantine areas, and organizes medical equipment and supplies while maintaining emergency response supplies in working order.

•Reports observations orally and in writing to veterinary staff, and promptly notifying veterinarians when abnormal health situations arises; responds to calls for medical attention and promptly notifying veterinarians.


Back to topExperience: One year of full-time experience at the GS-8 level that is close or similar to the work of this job. The experience includes activities such as providing veterinary technical support in the delivery of health care to a wide variety of non-domestic animals; completing veterinary tasks to ensure the proper functioning of veterinary hospital and/or medical programs; providing technical support in the areas of anesthesia, treatment, surgery, dentistry, radiology, and preventative medicine, and using safe and humane animal husbandry procedures and practices. Part-time and/or unpaid experience related to this position will be considered to determine the total number of years and months of experience. Be sure to note the number of paid or unpaid hours worked each week. Or Education: Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's or equivalent degree related to the position may be substituted to meet the experience requirements. Or a Combination: Education and experience may be combined to meet the basic qualifications. For a full explanation of this option please see the Qualification Standards. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: If you are qualifying by education and/or you have education completed in a foreign college/university described above, it is your responsibility to provide transcripts and proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study. For instructions on where to fax these documents, see the "Required Documents" section of this announcement.

Qualification requirements must be met within 30 days of the job announcement closing date.

Physical Requirements

This position requires considerable walking, standing, heavy lifting (up to 50 lbs.), stooping, and other types of physical effort and dexterity in moving and distributing animals, animal feed, cage materials, equipment, and in opening and closing cage doors and gates. Although safety measures are taken, there is always a hazard of injury in working with exotic and unpredictable animals, which may be harboring zoonotic infections.