Animal Keeper (Nutrition/Commissary)




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

Interested applicants must apply through the following link:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/358170000

Announcement Number 14R-LG-299129-DEU-NZP Promotion Potential WG-09

Position Title Animal Keeper (Commissary) Hiring Agency SMITHSONIAN

Open Period 12/31/2013 - 01/14/2014 Duty Locations FEW Vacancies in Washington DC, DC, US

Series/Grade WG - 5001 07 For More Info Linda Givens

202-633-6307

GivensL@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 at the National Zoological Park. 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

Performs a variety of duties that ensure the receipt, inspection, storage, inventory, preparation, and issuance of food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials for aquatic and non-aquatic mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

• Assists in preparing animals’ diets according to established procedures or special instructions.

• Inspects stored items, ensures rotation, and removes outdated or spoiled food.

• Ensures quality standards or observes in the formulation of diets in selecting food items (meat, fish, vegetables, grain, etc.) and adding food supplements and vitamins.

• Assembles food in properly marked containers and delivers or issues food to caretakers.

Education

Requirements

Physical Requirements: This position requires the physical ability to perform moderately heavy work including lifting and carrying heavy objects up to 100 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.

Working Conditions: The work is performed indoors and outdoors in all weather conditions. The incumbent is exposed to dust and to unpleasant odors and noises from the animals and to cleaning solutions and other chemicals. The work is performed on concrete floors and other hard surfaces. The work may be performed in closed or cramped spaces. The incumbent is exposed to bites, scratches, and animal waste, and may be exposed to animal parasites and zoonotic diseases.

Other Employment Conditions: The incumbent must receive immunizations to guard against zoonotic diseases and is subject to regular medical screening.

The incumbent may be assigned to any eight hour shift and is subject to call at any time, including weekends and holidays.

The incumbent is considered to be emergency personnel for purposes of being on call during government shutdowns due to inclement weather, Code Red terrorism alerts, and other emergency situations, to ensure adequate animal care is provided as required.

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 wild exotic and/or endangered, and aquatic and terrestrial animals.

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

2. Skill in preparing diets for aquatic and non-aquatic mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and birds.

3. Knowledge of handling and inspecting food, dietary supplements, and forage.

4. Knowledge of a variety of foods, forages and supplements commonly used in zoo diets, including, familiarity with nutrient composition.

5. Knowledge of safe food handling, preparation and sanitation practices, HACCP and bio-security principles.

6. Ability to use equipment and computers in food production, preparation and distribution in a zoo setting.

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 complete

description.

Other Information

Flexible Spending Accounts - http://www.fsafeds.com/fsafeds/index.asp

Health Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/health/index.asp

Leave - http://www.opm.gov/oca/leave/index.asp

Life Insurance - http://www.opm.gov/insure/life/index.asp

Long Term Care Insurance - http://www.ltcfeds.com

Retirement 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.Choose the one statement that best describes your experience as it relates to this position.

1. I 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 wild exotic and/or endangered, and aquatic and terrestrial animals.

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 acceptable

Maximum length of 250 characters.

2. I do NOT have experience as described above.

* 3.Which of the following zoo settings have you prepared food in?

1. Centralized zoo commissary.

2. Zoo commissary.

3. Zoo restaurant.

4. Other.

5. None of the above.

* 4.Which of the following zoo animals have you prepared food for? (Check all that apply)

1. Primates.

2. Birds.

3. Reptiles and amphibians.

4. Hoofstock.

5. Mammalian carnivores.

6. None of the above.

* 5.Which of the following activities have you performed in a zoological setting? (Check all that apply)

1. Inspected foodstuffs.

2. Prepared food in a centralized commissary operation.

3. Handled/moved hay.

4. Handled/portioned raw meat products.

5. Cleaned/ sanitized dishes.

6. None of the above.

* 6.Which of the following settings have you performed warehouse inventory functions? (Check all that apply)

1. Zoo commissary.

2. Zoo restaurant.

3. Zoo.

4. Other.

5. None of the above.

* 7.Which of the following items have you inspected or evaluated for quality? (Check all that apply)

1. Whole prey/carcasses.

2. Meat.

3. Bulk dry feeds.

4. Pantry items (can goods).

5. Produce.

6. All of the above.

7. None of the above.

* 8.Which of the following zoo settings have you practiced safe food handling, preparation and sanitation practices, HACCP, and bio-security principles? (Check all that apply)

1. Zoo commissary.

2. Zoo restaurant.

3. Zoo.

4. Other.

5. None of the above.

* 9.Are you serv-safe (or similar) certified? (If you answer 'Yes' indicate what certification and how current in your attached materials)

1. Yes

2. No

* 10.Which of the following have you used in a food preparation operation in a zoo setting? (Check all that apply)

1. Computer.

2. Scale/balance.

3. Food processor/blender.

4. Motorized vehicles/forklifts.

5. None of the above.

* 11.Which of the following programs are you operationally proficient in? (Check all that apply)

1. Microsoft Office platform or similar office platform.

2. Microsoft Access or similar database program.

3. Microsoft Excel or similar spreadsheet program.

4. Microsoft Word or similar word processing program.

5. Inventory software.

6. 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.