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Animal Keeper - Primates

Hiring Organization:
Smithsonian National Zoological Park

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC is hiring for an Animal Keeper in our Primate unit. The position is federal, full time, permanent, and with full benefits. The position is a career ladder WG-05 - WG-09. All applications must be received through the official announcements on; please read each carefully and apply to the announcement(s) that fit your experience. More information on the position is provided below.

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 collection of primates (great/lesser apes, Old World monkeys and lemurs) and a few rodents and invertebrates.

-Provides for the daily care of primates, rodents, and invertebrates in the collection.
-Actively participates in the training and enrichment programs for primates, rodents, and invertebrates.
-Receives, inspects, stores, prepares, and issues food and dietary supplements, forage, and bedding materials.
-Monitors primates, rodents, and invertebrates for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions; and reports observations.
-Connects with visitors regarding animal natural history, conservation programs, natural habitats, care and feeding of primates, rodents, and invertebrates and other topics of interest.
-Assists professional and scientific personnel in carrying out studies of animal collections.

-The work requires the ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 50 pounds. The work also requires extended periods of standing, walking, bending, and stooping.

-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.

-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.
-Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

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 an Animal Keeper.

Wage Grade 05 - 09

Term of Appointment:

Application Deadline:
July 12, 2019

All applications must be received through the official announcements on; please read each carefully and apply to the announcement(s) that fit your experience:

Contact Information:
Sarah da Silva
3001 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington DC, DC 20013

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