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Keeper Aide: Small Animal Facility - Birds

  • A Guam rail bird standing in the grass

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. The small animal facility is home to a variety of endangered birds.

Volunteers are needed to help the animal care staff clean exhibits, floors and dishes, prepare food, assist in behavioral observations, make enrichment items and other tasks as needed.

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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Applicants should be physically fit and willing to work in all types of weather, and must be comfortable working in hot, humid conditions. An interest in avian husbandry and behavior 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.