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Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Animal Keeper (Commissary)

The Smithsonian National Zoo is recruiting for an Animal Keeper in the Commissary, responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of zoo animals.

Responsibilities include:

-Provides for the daily care of zoo animals in the collection.

-Actively participates in the training and enrichment programs for collection animals.

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

-Monitors collection 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 in the wild, care and feeding of zoo animals 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 (Commissary) Without More Than Normal Supervision.

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

  1. Do Work Without More than Normal Supervision       

  2. Animal Care Procedures  

  3. Implementing animal enrichment programs   

  4. Animal Enrichment

  5. Care of Animals


$20.63 to $28.48 per hour

How to Apply

Candidates are required to submit applications through USAJobs:

USAJOBS - Job Announcement

Smithsonian National Zoological Park
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington , DC

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