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Keeper Aide: Small Animal Facility - Birds

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Friends of the National Zoo's department of education and volunteer services is currently recruiting volunteer keeper aides for the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's small animal facility.

Volunteers are needed to assist with daily food preparation, feeding, cleaning enclosures and providing enrichment for a collection of birds.

Shifts are available every day of the week from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Volunteers must be able to commit to at least one shift per week for a minimum of one year.
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Volunteers should be physically fit and willing to work in all types of weather as some of the collection is exhibited in an outdoor environment. Keeper aides should be interested in learning about and caring for a variety of birds and mammals. Applicants must be comfortable working in hot and humid conditions due to the nature of the small animal facility. Some animal care experience is preferred, but not required.
Once provisionally accepted, volunteers 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 National Zoo's health unit.

Please note: It is Smithsonian's National Zoo's policy that individuals who keep venomous animals in personal collections will not be accepted as volunteer keeper aides.