Animal Keeper (Vet Hospital)
This position is located in the National Zoological Park (NZP). The purpose of this position is to ensure the proper care, feeding, propagation and medical care of a collection of wild and exotic animals, many of which are rare and endangered located in the Wildlife Health Sciences (WHS) quarantine area.
The incumbent of this position will be assigned to the Wildlife Health Sciences department (Vet Hospital). The incumbent may rotate between WHS, quarantine, and pathology as part of a training program. Depending on the functional area of assignment, the incumbent will perform some or all of the following duties under the supervision of the responsible Curator, or Veterinarian. Temporary duty at the National Zoo’s Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia, may be included as part of training in specific husbandry techniques for staff whose permanent duty station is Washington, D. C. Similarly, staff hired to work at the Front Royal facility may be temporarily detailed to the Rock Creek Park facility. This is the entry level position in a career ladder to WG-9.
Relocation expenses reimbursed No
PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work requires the ability to lift and carry materials weighing up to 100 pounds. The work also requires extended periods of standing, walking, bending, and stooping.
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.
Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.
For information on the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations, see OPM’s web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.htm.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
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You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
How you will be evaluated:
Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:
- Ability to do the work of an Animal Keeper by performing a full range of specialized duties that contribute to the proper care, feeding, training, and medical care of a collection of various species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, avian, reptiles) within Wildlife Health Sciences (vet hospital) department and Animal Park areas.
- Ability to care for various exotic species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, avian, reptiles) in a zoological or similar setting.
- Skill in observing animals to interpret unusual behavior, symptoms of illness, injury of exotic mammals.
- Skill in handling wild or exotic animals in a safe and non-stressful manner; and following animal care procedures in feeding, cleaning enclosures, and capturing and transporting wild exotic and/or endangered animals.
- Skill in training various exotic species.
- Skill in the installation and maintenance of safe and enriching off-exhibit animal areas of various exotic species to support their required animal needs.
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.
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.
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