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(6) Chimpanzee Caregivers - Assistant to II grade

Hiring Organization:
Chimp Haven, Inc.

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Chimp Haven is currently seeking SIX chimpanzee caregivers - Assistant to II grade.

Chimp Haven serves as the National Chimpanzee Sanctuary and is located in the northwest section of Louisiana near Shreveport. Chimp Haven provides excellent care for a large group of chimpanzees no longer used in research, as entertainers or as pets. Chimp Haven is AALAC accredited, USDA inspected and a member of World Society for the Protection of Animals. Chimp Haven has a unique facility, experienced staff and high standards in all areas of operations. Chimp Haven offers a competitive salary, excellent benefits, extensive training and an opportunity for advancement. Chimp Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Classification
Shift: Day Shift Weekdays – Full time
FLSA: Non-exempt
Risk Level: 3
Primary Function
Provide care for the chimpanzees and their housing areas and improve wellbeing and prevent disease by close observation of chimpanzee behavior and careful cleaning procedures. Most duties performed under direct supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities-
•Wash produce, prepare diets, provide diets to the chimpanzees.
•Sanitize enrichment items in accordance with USDA regulations and AAALAC standards.
•Clean and sanitize chimpanzee housing areas and support areas (kitchen, equipment, produce cooler, break room, storage areas, feed/bedding storage, and related areas).
•Use cleaning equipment.
•Remove and replace bedding.
•Observe chimpanzee behavior and appearance. Report unusual behavior or injuries.
•Perform incremental animal checks (every 4 hours).
•Prepare and transport food, bedding or supplies from storage areas to animal areas.
•Maintain records of health, behavior, cleaning, etc.
•Provide enrichment to chimpanzees as directed.
•Provide training to chimpanzees as directed.
•Participate in an intensive training program.
•Provide positive reinforcement training to chimpanzees.
•Participate in educational programs as directed.
•May assist behavioral or veterinary staff as directed.
•May administer medications and treatment under supervision.
•May maintain inventory of feed, bedding and cleaning supplies.
•May assist in planning and implementing special projects.
•May be designated as group leader and assist other animal caregivers as directed.
•Perform related duties as required.
Supervision and Responsibility
•Works under direct supervision of colony manager and animal care supervisor or senior animal care staff.
•Does not supervise anyone. Caregiver II may act as team or group leader.
•Performs tasks as assigned.
•Caregiver II may assist in training new employees.
•Relies on pre-established guidelines and experience to plan and accomplish goals .
•Primary job does not typically require exercising independent judgment.

Education and Experience Required-
•High school diploma or GED required.
•Must have aptitude for the care and wellbeing of animals.
•At least 3 years experience around animals or two years experience with nonhuman primates required for Caregiver I. A combination of four years related education and nonhuman primate/chimpanzee experience can be substituted for the education/experience requirements for Caregiver I.
•At least 5 years experience working with animals, including 3 years working with nonhuman primates or 1 year working with chimpanzees required for Caregiver II. A combination of six years related education and nonhuman primate or chimpanzee experience can be substituted for the education/experience requirements for Caregiver II.
•Ability to work in a team environment, read and follow written and verbal instructions and write legibly and accurately.
•Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards.

Education and Experience Preferred-
•Associates degree/Bachelors degree preferred or coursework in relevant field preferred.

Other requirements and working conditions
•This work will require bending, carrying, kneeling, lifting, listening, pulling, pushing, reading, speaking, squatting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, watching and writing.
•Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances. Must be able to assist in lifting chimpanzees (up to 75 lbs.).
•Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards including a good driving record.
•Work may involve considerable outdoor work in various weather conditions.
•Potential exists for animal bites and scratches.
•Potential exposure to unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious agents (Hepatitis B,C, HIV, etc.).
•Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary.
•Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.
•Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

Chimp Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer who offers a competitive salary based on education and experience and an excellent benefits package.

We seek candidates who have a passion for wildlife and conservation and a desire to make a difference in the lives of our residents. Send cover letter, salary requirement and resume to: or fax resume to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600.

Contact Information:
Human Resouces
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047

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