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    Summary

    This position is located in Smithsonian Institute, National Zoological Park. The employee provides supervision to a staff of animal caretakers, who is responsible for maintaining excellence in all aspects of the care and welfare of the animals in these areas, including gorillas, orangutans and an assortment of other exotic animals.

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    Responsibilities

    As the Supervisory Biologist, the incumbent will perform the following duties and other assigned duties::

    • Plans and carries out the full range of supervisory authorities related to the assignment and scheduling of work, such as leave approval/disapproval, coordination with other programs, technical work direction, establishment of priorities and deadlines, creation of performance standards, evaluation of subordinate’s performance, counseling regarding performance and behavior, recommending selections for vacancies, resolving complaints, proposing disciplinary actions and effecting minor disciplinary actions such as warnings, determining or approving training needs, approving expenditures of funds, recommending awards and bonuses and other delegated authorities.
    • Oversees the husbandry of the mammal collection, many of which may be threatened and/or endangered. This includes developing and directing the implementation of techniques and procedures for housing, social groupings, introductions, separations, transfers, acquisitions dispositions, pairings, enrichment and training.
    • Annually reviews the collection plan in response to changing program directions and new opportunities. Assesses costs and benefits of changes in collection composition through a consideration of priorities, reproductive performance and required resources and facilities.
    • Instructs employees in care and husbandry practices and fosters keeper participation in appropriate substrate, habitat simulations, and other factors addressing the locomotory, behavioral, psychological, training, enrichment and physical requirements of collection animals.
    • Serves as a spokesperson to the public for information about animals in the collection.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    13

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