Elephant Keeper(17)

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



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Job Title: Animal Keeper

Job Announcement Number: 13R-LG-298941-DEU-NZP

Salary Range: $21.15 to $24.67 / Per Hour

Job Announcement Open from Monday, September 16, 2013 to Monday, September 30, 2013

Who may apply: This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals


Performs a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of Elephants.

•Provides for the daily care of elephants in the collection.

•Actively participates in the training and enrichment programs for elephants.

•Receives, inspects, stores, prepares, and issues food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials;

•Monitors elephants for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions; and reports observations.

•Connects with visitors regarding animal natural history, conservation programs, natural habitats, status of elephants in the wild, care and feeding of elephants and other topics of interest.

•Assists professional and scientific personnel in carrying out studies of animal collections.

HOW APPLICANTS WILL BE EVALUATED: Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:

1.Ability to do the work of an experienced Animal Keeper without more than normal supervision demonstrated by experience performing a full range of specialized duties that contribute to the proper care, feeding, training, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of elephants.

If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:

1.Knowledge of the care of elephants and experience sharing knowledge to colleagues and peers.

2.Knowledge of animal behavior for natural behavior patterns (courtship, breeding, aggression, etc.) and for recognizing symptoms of unusual behavior (illness, injury, etc.).

3.Knowledge and experience in animal handling for routine care and capture and restraint.

4.Skill in conducting formal and informal animal shows, demonstrations, talks, and tours.

5.Knowledge of animal enrichment and training, and experience designing and implementing these with animals.