Animal Keeper - Elephant Trails

The Animal Keeper position is located at the Smithsonian National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (NZCBI) at the National Zoological Park (NZP) in Washington, DC. Elephant Keepers are responsible for performing a variety of duties that ensure the proper care, feeding, exhibition, and propagation of a collection of Asian elephants.

In this position, you will:

  • Provide daily care of elephants in the collection. Ensure the health and welfare of the Asian elephants.
  • Participate in the training and enrichment programs for the Asian elephants.
  • Monitor Asian elephants for symptoms of illness, injuries or unusual conditions and reports to Curator, Assistant Curator or Veterinarian. 
  • Maintain records including food and water consumption of animals.