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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Animal Keeper (Exotic Large Carnivores)

Agency:Smithsonian Institution

Job Announcement Number:14R-LG-299168-MPA-NZP

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$21.37 to $24.92 / Per Hour

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

WG-5001-07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time, Permanent - Federal

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Washington DC, DC View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

This position is open to current and former Federal employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility.  Individuals who are eligible for a special appointing authority may also apply; such as applicants with a disability, former Peace Corps volunteers, certain military spouses, veterans seeking a VRA/VEOA appointment, or veterans who have been separated from armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 years or more of continuous active service.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in "Inspiring Generations through Knowledge and Discovery."

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation
  • May need to complete a Probationary Period
  • Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.

DUTIES:

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  • Contributes to 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 requiring specialized skills that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of exotic large carnivores.
  • Assists with 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.

     
 

 

 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Your overall experience and training must indicate that you have the minimum knowledge, skills, abilities needed to perform the duties of
this position.  There is no substitution of education for experience for this position. Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information on the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations can be found on OPM's web site at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.htm .


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 .  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated first for the screen-out element described below:

  1. Ability to do the work of an experienced Animal Keeper without more than normal supervision demonstrated by experience performing a full range of specialized duties that contribute to the proper care, feeding, training, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of exotic, large carnivores.
If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:



  1. Knowledge of the care of cheetahs and/or giant pandas and experience gathering data to share knowledge with colleagues and peers.
  2. Knowledge of animal behavior for natural behavior patterns (courtship, breeding, aggression, etc.) and for recognizing symptoms of unusual behavior (illness, injury, etc.).
  3. Knowledge and experience in animal handling for routine care and capture and restraint.
  4. Skill in conducting formal and informal animal shows, demonstrations, talks, and tours.
  5. Knowledge of animal enrichment and training, and experience designing and implementing these with animals.
Important Note:
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 detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

To preview questions please click here.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Click on the "Apply Online" button on the upper right side of the page. Please Note:
  • You must apply for this position online through the 'Apply Online' button and submit required supplemental documents (if they are relevant to you).
  • You may submit required documents by uploading them online during the application process; OR You may manually fax required documents. Faxes are received by an automated system, not a physical fax machine. Documents that are faxed as part of the application process must be sent with the system generated cover sheet by the closing date. Documents faxed without the system generated coversheet are not retrievable and cannot be considered as part of the application package.
  • The complete application package, including any required documents, is due in the Smithsonian Office of Human Resources on the closing date of the announcement by 11:59 PM Eastern Time.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Your application package should include the following documents:
  • Detailed resume created in the USAJOBS Resume Builder.
  • Proof of prior federal service such as the latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • A recent performance evaluation
  • Proof of Veteran's Preference - DD214 (Member 4 Copy) if you are requesting a special appointment authority, such as VRA or VEOA
  • Proof of severe disability if you are requesting special placement consideration
  • Proof of eligibility for a military spouse appointment, such as a permanent change station military order
  • Proof of eligibility for any other special appointing authority not specifically mentioned here.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Linda Givens
Phone: 202-633-6307
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 202-633-6409
Email: GivensL@si.edu
Agency Information:
SMITHSONIAN
Office of Human Resources
POB 37012, 600 Maryland Avenue, MRC 517
Suite 5060
Washington, DC
20013-7012
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

At the end of the application process you will be able to create and save a PDF file that contains your responses to the assessment questions. You may save this file as initial receipt of your application. After the job announcement closes, you will receive an email from the Smithsonian with confirmation of receipt. The Smithsonian receives many applications for each job. Each application is reviewed carefully which may take a few weeks. We will send you an e-mail to update you as we go through phases of the application review process. You may also check your application status by logging into www.usajobs.gov and selecting the tab "My USAJOBS;" e-mailing vacancy.info@si.edu; or by contacting the Office of Human Resources Representative listed. Additional Information:
  • Tips on applying for Smithsonian jobs are available at www.sihr.si.edu/jobs.cfm.
  • The Smithsonian does not pay relocation expenses.
  • The Smithsonian embraces diversity and equal employment opportunity (www.si.edu/oeema).

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Job Announcement Number:

14R-LG-299168-MPA-NZP

Control Number:

361652500