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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Animal Keeper (Elephants)

7/28 - Announcement updated with new application link.

The Smithsonian National Zoo is hiring for an Elephant Keeper. The position is responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of Asian elephants. 

Responsibilities include:

-Provides for the daily care of Asian elephants in the collection.

-Actively participates in the training and enrichment programs for Asian elephants.

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

-Monitors Asian 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 in the wild, care and feeding of Asian elephants and other topics of interest.

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

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 The Animal Keeper (Elephant Trails) Without More Than Normal Supervision.

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

  1. Do work w/o more than normal supervision       

  2. Animal Enrichment         

  3. Behavioral Husbandry   

  4. Conducting Animal Demonstrations        

  5. Collecting Data 

  6. Monitor Animal Behavior


$20.63 to $32.35 per hour

How to Apply

All candidates are required to apply through

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Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC

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