Working at the Smithsonian
- Keepers perform a range of duties in the care and maintenance of exotic, rare and endangered
animals including a daily schedule of cleaning enclosures, preparing and placing food, observing and reporting deviations from normal
food consumption and noting unusual behavior or symptoms of illness or injury.
- They train the animals in their care to facilitate testing and medical exams. They also assist
veterinary staff with husbandry, medical treatment and data collection.
- Keepers interact regularly with visitors, answering questions, giving educational
presentations, and are a major factor in the visitor experience.
- These positions require a real commitment to the job and the animals.
Keepers must have knowledge of the handling and behavior of exotic animals. Field or zoo experience involving animal research or
medicine as a student, volunteer or employee is a plus.
"Working at the Smithsonian"