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Grade: 05

1 This position requires physical exertion such as extended periods of standing, walking, bending and stooping; and lifting and carrying heavy objects of 50 pounds or less.  Are you able to satisfy the physical requirements of this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 This position requires physical exertion. Do you have the ability to apply physical exertion such as long periods of standing, walking, bending, stooping, reaching, crawling; and lifting and carrying heavy objects of 50 pounds or less? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Which of the following best describes your experience conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and tours? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience regularly conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and tours at an animal facility.
  • I have experience regularly conducting two of the following at an animal facility – informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, or tours.
  • I have experience regularly conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, or tours at an animal facility.
  • I have experience assisting with conducting informal animal demonstrations, keeper talks, and/or tours at an animal facility.
  • I have experience conducting talks or tours at a non-animal facility.
  • None of the above.
4 Which of the following best describes your experience monitoring various exotic species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, reptiles, avian) for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility such as a zoological park (or similar setting)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience monitoring ALL of the following various exotic species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, reptiles, avian) for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility such as a zoological park.
  • I have experience monitoring ALL of the following various exotic species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, reptiles, avian) for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in a wildlife rehabilitation center, refuge, animal sanctuary, clinic, veterinary setting, ranch, or agricultural setting.
  • I have experience monitoring 3 of the 6 following various exotic species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, reptiles, avian) for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in an animal facility such as a zoological park.
  • I have experience monitoring 3 of the 6 following various exotic species species (small mammals, hoofstock, carnivores/canids, primates, reptiles, avian) for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in a wildlife rehabilitation center, refuge, animal sanctuary, clinic, veterinary setting, ranch, or agricultural setting.
  • I have experience monitoring animals for symptoms of illness, injuries, or other unusual conditions in a commercial setting such as pet store or breeder.
  • I do not have related experience.
5 Which of the following statements best describes your animal handling experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience handling wild or exotic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, animal care or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoological park.
  • I have experience assisting with the handling of wildlife or exotic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, animal care or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoological park.
  • I have experience assisting with handling domestic animals for demonstrations, veterinary care, animal care or other management needs in an animal care facility.
  • I have experience observing animal handling for demonstrations, veterinary care, animal care or other management needs in an animal care facility.
  • None of the above
6 Which of the following statements best describes your experience in capturing and restraining animals? Answer to this question is required
  • I have been involved with the capture and restraint of wildlife or exotic animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.
  • I have been involved with the capture and restraint of domestic animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility.
  • I have observed the capture and restraint of animals for veterinary care or other management needs in an animal care facility such as a zoo.
  • None of the above
7 Which of the following best describes your animal training experience with exotic animals? Answer to this question is required
  • I have conditioned new behaviors for exotic animals in an AZA-accredited facility
  • I have conditioned new behaviors for exotic animals in a zoological facility.
  • I have assisted with the conditioning of new behaviors for exotic animals in an AZA-accredited facility.
  • I have assisted with the conditioning of new behaviors for exotic animals in a zoological facility.
  • I have maintained behaviors with animals at an animal facility.
  • None of the above
8 Which of the following best describes your animal enrichment experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience being responsible for the development and implementation of enrichment plans for various exotic species in a zoological park.
  • I have experience being responsible for the development and implementation of enrichment plans for various exotic species in another setting.
  • I have experience assisting with the development and implementation of enrichment plans for animals in a zoological park.
  • I have experience assisting with the development and implementation of enrichment plans for animals in another setting.
  • None of the above.
9 Which of the following best describes your experience in the installation and maintenance of safe and enriching off-exhibit animal areas of various exotic species to support their required animal needs? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience in the installation and maintenance of safe and enriching off-exhibit animal areas of various exotic species to support their required animal needs in a zoological park.
  • I have experience in the installation and maintenance of safe and enriching off-exhibit animal areas of various exotic species to support their required animal needs in another setting.
  • I have experience in assisting with the installation and maintenance of safe and enriching off-exhibit animal areas of various exotic species to support their required animal needs in a zoological park.
  • I have experience in assisting with the installation and maintenance of safe and enriching off-exhibit animal areas of various exotic species to support their required animal needs in another setting.
  • I do not have related experience.
10 Which of the following tools have you used to clean animal enclosures or care for animals? (Check all that apply) Answer to this question is required
  • Hand-nets for capture.
  • Mist-nets and other capture methods.
  • High pressure hoses or pressure washers.
  • Rakes, shovels, or brooms.
  • Power tools.
  • None of the above.
11 Which of the following best describes your experience in maintaining animal records and performing animal observations needed for the health and well-being of captive live animals? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience maintaining animal care records electronically (and in paper form) and in making regular observations of animals in my care in a zoological facility.
  • I have experience maintaining animal care records electronically (and in paper form) and in making regular observations of animals in my care in a laboratory, nature center, or rehab facility.
  • I have experience maintaining animal care records and making animal observations in a zoological facility.
  • I have experience using animal care records and making regular animal observations.
  • I have experience using animal care records.
  • None of the above.
12 Which of the following best describes your experience working as an Animal Keeper in an AZA accredited zoological park (or similar setting)? Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience working as an Animal Keeper in an AZA accredited zoological park (or similar setting).
  • I have experience working as an Animal Keeper in another animal care setting such as a wildlife center, wildlife rehab, or non-AZA accredited zoological park.
  • I have experience working as an Animal Keeper in another animal care setting other than a wildlife center, wildlife rehab, or non-AZA accredited zoological park.
  • I do not have related experience.

Grade: All Grades

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1 Select the response that best reflects how you learned about this position. Answer to this question is required
  • Individual referral (friend, relative, Smithsonian employee, school counselor, or other)
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  • Job fair or informational session
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