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Animal Keeper (cheetahs)

This position is located in the National Zoological Park (NZP), Smithsonian Institution (SI).  The employee is responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a large collection of cheetahs.

As an Animal Keeper (Cheetahs), the incumbent would perform the following duties but not limited to:

  • Receives work assignments and training to prepare for participation in the creation of an overall environment for collection animals, which ensures the health and welfare of the specimens and provides an enriching and memorable experience for the visiting public.
  • Performs a variety of duties under close supervision to develop skills that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of wild and exotic animals, many of which are rare and endangered.
  • Responsible for the daily care and feeding of assigned animals.
  • Performs duties involved in the receipt, inspection, storage, inventory, preparation, and issuance of food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials.

Experience Required

How you will be evaluated: Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met: Ability to do work of the position without more than normal supervision. If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated: Observe animals, interpret behavior, illness Handling Animals safe & non-stressful Environmental/Behavior Patterns Training animals Implementing animal enrichment programs Oral Communication Written Communication Care of Animals


$24.44 to $28.48 per hour

How to Apply

Interested candidates must apply online

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