Animal Keeper (American Trail - Amazonia)




Organization: Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park. (AZA Member)
Location: Washington, D.C., District of Columbia, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The link to apply for this position is:https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/358131700 Announcement Number 14R-LG-299131-DEU-NZP Promotion Potential WG-09Position Title Animal Keeper (Amazonia) Hiring Agency SMITHSONIAN Open Period 12/31/2013 - 01/14/2014 Duty Locations FEW Vacancies in Washington DC, DC, USSeries/Grade WG - 5001 07 For More Info Linda Givens202-633-6307GivensL@si.edu Salary $21.15 - $24.67 Who May Apply This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.Security Clearance Required: Public Trust - Background Investigation Duration Appointment Federal Marketing Statement This position is located in the Animal Care department of the National Zoological Park, and is primarily assigned to the Amazonia Unit. This position contributes to the creation of an overall environment for collection animals that ensures the health and welfare of the specimens and provides an enriching and memorable experience for the visiting public. Summary The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery." Supervisory Position: No Relocation Authorized: No Travel Required: Not Required Key Requirements 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. Major Duties This position performs a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of wild and exotic animals, many of which are rare and endangered: • Provides for the daily care of wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians in the collection.• Monitors, maintains, and assembles life support systems for aquariums and other animal enclosures.• Receives, inspects, stores, prepares, and issues food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials.• Monitors animals 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 animals in the wild, care and feeding of animals, and other topics of interest.• Assists professional and scientific personnel in carrying out studies of animal collections.Education Requirements Physical Requirements: This position requires the physical ability to perform moderately heavy work including lifting and carrying heavy objects up to 50 lbs.; work outside in all weather conditions with exposure to dirt, dust, pollen and insects; climb ladders and stairs; and stand and walk for extended periods. Evaluations How you 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 aquatic and non-aquatic mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants.If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated: 2. Skill observing animals to interpret unusual behavior, symptoms of illness, injury of fish, birds and amphibians.3. Skill in handling wild or exotic animals in a safe and non-stressful manner; and following animal care procedures in feeding, cleaning enclosures, and capturing and transporting wild exotic and/or endangered animals.4. Knowledge of the physical, environmental and behavior patterns of wild exotic and/or endangered animals such as fish, birds and amphibians.5. Skill in the basic operations and maintenance of aquatic life support systems in a zoo or aquariums.6. Ability to communicate in writing to maintain records, produce reports and record observations of animal behavior.7. Ability to communicate orally in order to provide information to the public in an educational setting.8. Skill implementing animal enrichment programs for wild or exotic animals.Applicants who meet or exceed the screen-out element will be assigned to one of three category groups based on job-related criteria: Best Category - Meets the screen-out element and excels in most of the job related elements above. Better Category - Meets the screen-out element and satisfies most of the job related elements above. Good Category - Meets the screen-out element, but does not satisfy most of the job related elements above to a substantive degree. This category rating process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three", but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-veterans within each category. A selecting official may make selections from the highest quality category (Best Category) provided no veteran in that category is passed over to select a non-veteran in that category unless the requirements of 5 U.S.C. 3317(b) or 3318(b) are satisfied. Veterans who meet minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher. Applicants who have not submitted a resume in the USAjobs system and/or have not answered all of the announcement questions will not be considered for this position. Important Note: Your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire or other assessment tool for consistency. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your resume, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience. Your resume should provide sufficient information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed. Qualifications In order to be rated qualified, an applicant's overall experience and training must indicate possession of the minimum knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position. How to Apply Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note: • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).• You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.• The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.Required Documents Your application package should include the following documents: • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.• Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy), if you are a veteran. Additionally, applicants claiming 10-point preference must complete Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, as well as additional documentation required by the SF-15, such as a VA letter.• Unofficial school transcripts, if the position has an education requirement or if you are using education to qualify. If selected for the position, you must provide an official transcript before appointment.• Proof of U.S. accreditation for foreign study, if applicable.What to Expect Next At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information: • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.• The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.• The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).Benefits The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.Please see Benefits at www.sihr.si.edu for a completedescription. Other Information Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.aspHealth Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.aspLeave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.aspLife Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.aspLong Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.comRetirement Program - http://www.opm.gov/retire/index.asp Vacancy Questions Preview Grade: 07 * 1.This position requires physical exertion such as extended periods of standing, walking, bending and stooping; and lifting and carrying heavy objects of 100 pounds or less. I am able to satisfy the physical requirements of this position.1. Yes 2. No * 2.Do you have the 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 aquatic and non-aquatic mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds and plants?1. Yes BRANCHED: * 1.Identify the specific employment/volunteer work in your resume in which you describe your experience to support your answer to the previous questions: i.e. agency/company name, position title, and dates. "Refer to Resume" will not be acceptableMaximum length of 250 characters. 2. No * 3.Do you have paid experience caring for wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians in a zoological setting?1. Yes, I have paid experience caring for wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians in a zoological setting. 2. No, but I have paid experience caring for wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians in another setting. 3. No, but I have unpaid experience caring for wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians in a zoological setting. 4. No, but I have paid experience caring for other animals in another setting. 5. No, but I have unpaid experience caring for fish, birds, and amphibians in a zoological setting or other setting. 6. No, but I have unpaid experience caring for other animals in a zoological or other setting. * 4.Do you have experience monitoring wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility?1. Yes, I have experience monitoring wild or exotic fish, birds and amphibians for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility. 2. No, but I have experience monitoring wild or exotic animals other than wild or exotic fish, birds, and amphibians for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility. 3. No, but I have experience monitoring animals for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in a wildlife rehabilitation center, refuge, animal sanctuary, clinic, veterinary setting, ranch, or zoological setting. 4. No, but I have experience monitoring animals for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in a commercial setting such as pet store or breeder. 5. None of the above. * 5.Which statement best describes your animal handling experience?1. I have handled wild or exotic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility. 2. I have assisted with handling wildlife or exotic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility. 3. I have handled domestic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility. 4. I have assisted with handling domestic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility. 5. I have observed animal handling for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility. 6. None of the above. * 6.Which statement best describes your experience in capturing and restraining animals?1. I have been involved with the capture and restraint of wildlife or exotic animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility. 2. I have been involved with the capture and restraint of domestic animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility. 3. I have observed the capture and restraint of animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility. 4. None of the above. * 7.Do you have experience observing wild or exotic and/or endangered fish, birds and amphibians for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc. in an animal facility?1. Yes, I have experience observing wild or exotic and/or endangered fish, birds and amphibians for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc in an animal facility. 2. No, but I have experience observing wildlife and other exotic animals for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc in a zoological setting. 3. No, but I have experience observing other animals for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc in a wildlife rehabilitation center, refuge, animal sanctuary, clinic, veterinary setting, ranch, or agricultural setting. 4. No, but I have experience observing other animals for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc in a commercial setting such as pet store or breeder. 5. None of the above. * 8.Do you have experience in the installation and maintenance of botanical features in support of animal exhibits?1. I have experience in the installation and maintenance of botanical features in support of animal exhibits including the selection of appropriate plant species. 2. I have experience in the installation and maintenance of botanical features in support of animal exhibits. 3. I have experience in the installation and maintenance of botanical features. 4. None of the above * 9.Do you have paid experience monitoring water chemistry and in the basic operations and maintenance of aquatic life support systems in a zoo or aquarium?1. Yes I have paid experience in monitoring water chemistry and in the basic operations and maintenance of aquatic life support systems in a zoo or aquarium. 2. No, but I have unpaid experience in monitoring water chemistry and in the basic operations and maintenance of aquatic life support systems in another setting. 3. No, but I have paid experience in the basic operations and maintenance of aquatic life support systems in another setting. 4. No, but I have unpaid experience in the basic operations and maintenance of aquatic life support systems in another setting. 5. None of the above. * 10.Which of the following best describes your experience in record keeping and behavioral observations of wild or exotic animals?1. I have designed and implemented record keeping documents and protocols for animals in an animal facility; and/or I have designed and implemented a behavioral research project for animals in a zoological setting. 2. I have designed and implemented record keeping documents and protocols for animals in an animal facility; and/or I have designed and implemented a behavioral research project for animals in another animal facility or in situ (wild) project. 3. I have maintained written records as directed for animals in an animal facility and/or I have participated in an animal behavioral research project in an animal facility. 4. I have maintained written records as directed in a non-animal facility. 5. None of the above * 11.Which of the following best describes your experience with animal-related publications and presentations?1. I have shared my animal care knowledge with peers by authoring and publishing animal-related articles for peer-reviewed publications or trade publications, or by giving presentations at conferences, workshops, or seminars. 2. I have shared my animal care knowledge with co-workers by authoring and publishing animal-related articles for internal publications or by giving presentations at my facility. 3. I have published articles or given presentations on non-animal topics. 4. None of the above * 12.Which of the following best describes your experience conducting animal demonstrations or shows?1. I have assisted with developing AND presented formal, scheduled, animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility. 2. I have presented formal, scheduled, animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility. 3. I have assisted with presenting formal, scheduled, animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility. 4. None of the above * 13.Which of the following best describes your experience conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and tours?1. I have regularly conducted informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, or tours at an animal facility. 2. I have assisted with conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and/or tours at an animal facility. 3. I have conducted talks or tours at a non-animal facility. 4. None of the above * 14.Which of the following tools/skills have you used to care for animals and/or to construct exhibits? (Check all that apply)1. I have experience assembling/repairing automated misting systems. 2. I have experience using dremel tools. 3. I have experience using PVC cutters, PVC welders, and PVC glue. 4. I have experience using submersible pumps. 5. I have experience constructing bio-towers. 6. None of the above. * 15.Which of the following best describes your animal enrichment experience?1. I have implemented enrichment plans for exotic animals at an AZA-accredited facility. 2. I have implemented enrichment plans for exotic animals in an animal facility. 3. I have assisted with the implementation of enrichment plans for animals at an animal facility. 4. None of the above Grade: All Grades Due to the high volume of applications received for Smithsonian vacancies, we are unable to confirm receipt of online application packages including faxed documentation and may not be able to respond to your inquiry on the status of your application. After you complete the online application process, you will receive an automated email message as proof of receipt of application. You may view the status of any faxed supporting documentation by following the steps in the "How to Apply" section of the announcement. We appreciate your patience, as the staffing process to identify highly qualified candidates may take up to four weeks or more to complete. After the announcement closes and application reviews are done, you may be contacted by the hiring office if further evaluation or interviews are required. You will receive an e-mail notification on the final status of the vacancy. * 1.Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position.1. Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other) BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.Maximum length of 250 characters. 2. Job fair or informational session BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.Maximum length of 250 characters. 3. Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other) BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.Maximum length of 250 characters. 4. Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search) BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.Maximum length of 250 characters. 5. Community or professional organization BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.Maximum length of 250 characters. 6. Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line) BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.Maximum length of 250 characters.