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Keeper Aide: Cheetah Conservation Station

  • Addra Gazelle in front of branches

Cheetah Conservation Station/Africa Trail is currently seeking keeper aides to help care for cheetahs, Grevy’s zebras, scimitar-horned oryx, dama gazelle, maned wolves, red river hogs, sitatunga, kudu, Abyssinian ground hornbills and Rüppel’s griffon vultures. Volunteers are needed to help clean and maintain enclosures, prepare diets, prepare enrichment items, observe animal behavior and assist with other projects in the Cheetah Conservation Station when appropriate.

Shifts are available Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Volunteers must commit to at least one day each week for one year.

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Volunteers should be reliable, physically fit and willing to work in all types of weather as our collection is exhibited outside and in an open holding area. An interest in learning about and caring for the exhibit animals is a must. Some animal care experience is preferred but not required.


Once provisionally accepted, you must complete mandatory online orientation and training. Additional training will be provided on the job. There is a probationary period for all keeper aides.


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These positions are highly competitive and there are limited spaces available. Submission of an application is not a guarantee of placement. Applicants will be interviewed by unit staff, and those who are provisionally accepted will undergo background checks, including fingerprinting, as a requirement for approval as a keeper aide. Once accepted, volunteers must submit proof of required vaccinations, including tetanus and a negative TB test. to the Zoo's health unit. Please note: It is National Zoo policy that individuals who keep venomous animals in personal collections will not be accepted as volunteer keeper aides.