Sunday, April 23, 2006

Animal Keeper @ National Zoo?

Oh, if I were only 30 years younger and just starting out in life - knowing what I know now. . . . .

ANIMAL KEEPER
Organization: Smithsonian Institution National Zoological Park Animal Nutrition Department Location: Washington, DC Date: Apr 19, 2006

The incumbent receives work assignments and training to prepare for participation in 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 under close supervision to develop skills that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of wild and exotic animals, many of which are rare and endangered; responsible for 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; receives, inspects and stores feeds; unloads and stores food supplies; under close supervision, prepare animals’ diets. This position is a Federal appointment, WG-5001-5/7 ($14.97/$17.74 per hour, Promotion Potential to WG-9), and applicants must be U.S. citizens. Application must be received no later than May 5, 2006.

Full posting can be found here: http://www.aza.org/JobListings/index.cfm?page=detail&id=7375 (does anyone know what WG-9 is?)

9 Comments:

At 3:23 PM, Blogger simmi the great said...

!!!!!!! a chance to work with pandas. i'm coming for you Tai shan! I want to apply.
i think the Wg-9 has to do with fed wage system? it determines pay levels depending on what the job is. something like that.

 
At 4:36 PM, Blogger ffleur said...

The wage isn't that great but I'd take it if I could see Tai Shan everyday and give him a squeeze and get a panda kiss.

 
At 5:51 PM, Blogger Frances said...

Wow, what a close up of Tai on the cam

 
At 6:58 PM, Blogger Nessie said...

Hi all. Baby is sleeping inside in his secret hiding place - full day I gather?! What's with the NZ website - I can't get the cams to connect but could thru Animal Planet?

Could you see us at the interviews for this job? We'd probably do ok until they get to the question "Do you think you would enjoy working with pandas and their cubs?" I know I would probably lose it at that point! "You mean to play with Tai's feetsies?! And rub his tushie?! And feed him all kinds of fruitsicles?! And hug and kiss him all day?! And, climb up trees after him?! And watch all videos of him dating back to the moment of his birth?! And let him chew my boots and jeans?!" I doubt they'd check any of my references after that! Just as well, coz I'm not a US citizen so it would definitely be a waste of time for them. No doubt a Border Patrol agent would whisk me back to the Cdn border and tell me never, ever to cross back into the US again! But it would be worth a shot non?!

 
At 7:05 PM, Blogger cutesmallfuzzy said...

I get the feeling that you have to work your way UP to work with the pandas. In the book about Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing's first year at the NZ, it said that new keepers are usually broken in at the reptile house, if I remember correctly.

 
At 7:11 PM, Blogger Nessie said...

Yikes! I wouldn't want to work with reptiles! One wrong move and !!! Oh well, I'll just have to try out for the volunteer camera operator job. And I'll learn to zoom and focus well beforehand! And follow the subject!

 
At 8:03 PM, Blogger cutesmallfuzzy said...

Actually, I kinda like reptiles. Agree they're not as cuddly as pandas however.

 
At 8:27 PM, Blogger Kathleen said...

I'm sure you'd have to work your way up to be keeper of the pandas and the other most desireable zoo residents.

Another issue with the job is that you have to be quite physically fit. Since I've got fibromyalgia and knee and back problems, I'm afraid I wouldn't be fit enough to carry Tai around (alas!)

 
At 7:38 AM, Blogger Holly said...

Me too, but I coulda done it 30 years ago! No problem.

 

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