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Volunteer Research Assistant in Chimpanzee Behavior

Hiring Organization:
Chicago Zoological Society - Brookfield Zoo

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Volunteers will be coding behavioral videos from chimpanzees as part of a project to develop and validate an online behavioral monitoring application for zoological institutions. Volunteers will be REQUIRED to go through training with volunteer services.

The Chicago Zoological Society, a private, non-for-profit corporation, was founded in 1921, with this mission: The foundation, maintenance, and control of Zoological Parks or Gardens and other collections; the promotion of Zoological and kindred subjects; the instruction and recreation of the people; the collection, holding, and expenditure of funds for zoological research and publication; the protection of wild life and kindred purposes. The modern mission is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

The Society manages the Chicago Zoological Park (known worldwide as the Brookfield Zoo) located in Chicago's western suburbs. The land and facilities of the 216-acre zoological park are owned by the Forest Preserve District of Cook County and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The Zoo serves two million guests annually and is accessible by public transportation and is approximately a 1-hour drive from Chicago's downtown loop area. The Society employs over 450 full-time employees and, during its peak season, hires 1,000-1,200 seasonal workers.

From its very beginning, the Chicago Zoological Society has been a leader in shaping the way zoological institutions around the world have changed, especially with its early focus on public education, research, and protection of wildlife, well beyond the boundaries of Chicagoland. Recognizing the need for people to develop sustainable relationships with nature, the Society has continued to evolve as a conservation center for the public and has engaged in extensive conservation, research and education programs around the world.

Priority will be given to individuals with previous zoo experience, and students/graduates interested in animal welfare and available for the duration of the project. If interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Katie Hall, Ph.D. ( and complete the volunteer application found here: In the cover letter please state dates/times of availability. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until positions are filled.

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Employer - Minorities / Women / Veterans / Disabled.

This is an unpaid volunteer position.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
All volunteers are responsible for their own food, lodging, and transportation throughout their time at the Brookfield Zoo (Brookfield, IL).

Term of Appointment:
Volunteer research assistants are needed from now through summer 2018 on a 20+ hr/week basis (preferred, but flexible).

Application Deadline:

Contact Information:
Katie Hall
3300 Golf Road
Brookfield, IL 60513

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