Animal Keeper (Birds)




Organization: Smithsonian Institution, National Zoological Park, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (AZA Member)
Location: Front Royal, VA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Interested applicants must apply through the following website:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/357986600

Announcement Number 14R-LG-299101-DEU-NZP Promotion Potential WG-07

Position Title Animal Keeper (Birds) Hiring Agency SMITHSONIAN

Open Period 12/23/2013 - 01/06/2014 Duty Locations FEW Vacancies in Front Royal, VA, US

Series/Grade WG - 5001 05 For More Info Linda Givens

202-633-6307

GivensL@si.edu

Salary $17.85 - $20.83

Who May Apply

This position is open to all U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.

Note: Federal employees with permanent status or individuals eligible for special appointing authorities should apply to Job Announcement #14-LG-299101-DEU-NZP.

Security Clearance Required:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Duration Appointment

Federal

Marketing Statement

This position is located in the National Zoological Park (NZP). The purpose of this position is to contribute to the proper care, feeding, training, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of raptors and large ratites (ostrich, cassowary, rhea, emu).

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

• Assist higher graded Animal Keepers in performing a variety of tasks associated with the proper care, feeding, training, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of wild and exotic animals.

• Adheres to established policies, procedures and protocols for the security, health, safety and welfare of collection animals, co-workers and the public.

• Assists in training and conditioning assigned animals according to preset plans in order to maintain their health and welfare.

• Cleans animal enclosures by hosing, sweeping, scrubbing, raking, and removing manure, unconsumed food, and other refuse

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 SIGNIFICANT FACTS

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 raptors and large ratites (ostrich, cassowary, rhea, emu)

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

2. Skill in caring for large ratites, and raptors, in a zoological setting.

3. Skill in observing birds to interpret unusual behavior, symptoms of illness or injury.

4. Skill in handling large ratites, and raptors, in a safe and non-stressful manner; and following animal care procedures in feeding, cleaning enclosures, and capturing and transporting large ratites, and raptors.

5. Knowledge of the physical, environmental and behavior patterns of wild exotic and/or endangered birds.

6. Skill in using hand and mechanical tools in order to care for animals and to construct exhibits.

7. Ability to communicate in writing to maintain records, produce reports and record observations of animal behavior.

8. Ability to communicate orally in order to provide information to the public in an educational setting.

9. Skill in training birds.

10. Skill in 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 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: 05

* 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 experience contributing to the proper care, feeding, training, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of raptors and large ratites (ex. ostrich, cassowary, rhea, and emu)?

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 acceptable

Maximum length of 250 characters.

2. No

* 3.Which of the following best describes your experience caring for large ratites and raptors in a zoological setting?

1. I have experience caring for large ratites and raptors in a zoological setting.

2. I have experience caring for large ratites or raptors in a zoological setting.

3. I have experience caring for other birds in a zoological setting.

4. I have experience caring for large ratites and raptors in another setting.

5. I have experience caring for other birds in another setting.

6. I have experience caring for other animals in a zoological setting and/or another setting.

7. None of the above.

* 4.Do you have experience monitoring birds for symptoms of illness, injury, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility such as a zoo?

1. Yes, I have experience monitoring birds for symptoms of illness, injury, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility such as a zoo.

2. No, but I have experience monitoring wild or exotic animals for symptoms of illness, injury, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility such as a zoo.

3. No, but I have experience monitoring animals for symptoms of illness, injury, or other unusual conditions in a wildlife rehabilitation center, refuge, animal sanctuary, clinic, veterinary setting, ranch, or agricultural setting.

4. No, but I have experience monitoring animals for symptoms of illness, injury, or other unusual conditions in a commercial setting such as a pet store or breeding facility.

5. None of the above.

* 5.Which of the following best describes your animal handling experience with large ratites?

1. I have experience directing the handling of large ratites for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

2. I have experience handling large ratites for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

3. I have experience assisting with the handling of large ratites for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

4. I have experience handling wild exotic endangered animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

5. I have experience assisting with handling wild exotic endangered animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

6. I have experience handling domestic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

7. None of the above.

* 6.Which of the following statements best describes your animal handling experience with raptors?

1. I have experience handling raptors for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

2. I have experience assisting with handling raptors for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

3. I have experience handling wild exotic endangered birds for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

4. I have experience assisting with handling wild exotic endangered birds for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

5. I have experience assisting with handling wild exotic endangered animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

6. None of the above.

* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience in capturing and restraining large ratites and raptors?

1. I have experience being involved with the capture and restraint of large ratites and raptors for veterinary care or other management needs in the wild or in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

2. I have experience being involved with the capture and restraint of large ratites or raptors for veterinary care or other management needs in the wild or in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

3. I have experience being involved with the capture and restraint of wild exotic endangered animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

4. I have experience being involved with the capture and restraint of domestic animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility.

5. I have experience observing the capture and restraint of animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.

6. None of the above.

* 8.Which of the following best describes your experience observing birds for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc. in an animal facility such as a zoo?

1. I have experience observing birds for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc. in an animal facility such as a zoo.

2. I have experience observing wildlife and other exotic animals for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc. in a zoological setting.

3. 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. I have experience observing other animals for behaviors such as courtship, breeding, aggression, etc. in a commercial setting such as a pet store or breeding facility.

5. None of the above.

* 9.Which of the following describes your experience with enclosure design, construction and maintenance for large ratites, raptors, and other birds? (Check all that apply)

1. I have experience designing and constructing enclosures for raptors and large ratites.

2. I have experience maintaining enclosures for raptors and large ratites.

3. I have experience maintaining enclosures for other birds.

4. I have experience maintaining enclosures for other wild or exotic animals.

5. None of the above.

* 10.Which of the following tools have you used to construct and maintain animal enclosures and care for animals? (Check all that apply)

1. Lawn mowers, weed whackers, and chainsaws.

2. Electric saws and drills.

3. Mist nets, hand nets, and other capture methods.

4. Wrenches, ratchets and sockets, screwdrivers, hammers, and handsaws.

5. Rakes, shovels, and brooms.

6. High pressure hoses or pressure washers.

7. None of the above.

* 11.Which of the following best describes your experience in record keeping and behavioral observations of wild or exotic animals?

1. I have experience designing and implementing 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 or an in situ (wild) project.

2. I have experience designing and implementing 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 an animal facility other than a zoological setting.

3. I have experience maintaining 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 experience maintaining written records as directed in a non-animal facility.

5. None of the above.

* 12.Which of the following best describes your experience with animal-related publications and presentations?

1. I have experience sharing 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 experience sharing 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 experience publishing articles or giving presentations on non-animal topics.

4. None of the above.

* 13.Which of the following best describes your experience conducting animal demonstrations or shows?

1. I have experience developing AND presenting formal, scheduled animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility.

2. I have experience assisting with developing AND presenting formal, scheduled animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility.

3. I have experience presenting formal, scheduled animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility.

4. I have experience assisting with presenting formal, scheduled animal demonstrations or shows at an animal facility.

5. None of the above.

* 14.Which of the following best describes your experience conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and tours?

1. I have experience regularly conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, or tours at an animal facility.

2. I have experience assisting with conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and/or tours at an animal facility.

3. I have experience conducting talks or tours at a non-animal facility.

4. None of the above.

* 15.Which of the following best describes your animal training experience with birds or other animals?

1. I have experience independently developing training plans for birds in a zoological setting.

2. I have experience independently training birds (in a zoological setting) to display new conditioned behaviors.

3. I have experience with training birds or mammals (in a zoological setting) to display new conditioned behaviors.

4. I have experience assisting with training birds or mammals (in a zoological setting) to display new conditioned behaviors.

5. I have experience maintaining behaviors with animals at an animal facility.

6. None of the above.

* 16.Which of the following best describes your animal enrichment experience?

1. I have experience being responsible for the development and implementation of enrichment plans for animals in an animal facility.

2. I have experience assisting with the development and implementation of enrichment plans for animals in an animal facility.

3. I have experience implementing 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.

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3. Social networking site (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other)

BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.

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4. Other online source (USAJobs, Smithsonian website, Internet employment search)

BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.

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5. Community or professional organization

BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.

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6. Mass media (magazine, newspaper, radio, television, poster, telephone job hot line)

BRANCHED: * 1.Please indicate the source.

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