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Behavior Technician - Mid Level Position

Hiring Organization:
Chimp Haven

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Primary Function
Provide enrichment and training to chimpanzees and improve chimpanzee well-being via observational studies and evaluation of enrichment and training procedures. Reports to Director of Behavior and Research.

Duties and Responsibilities
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

Prepare and distribute enrichment items for chimpanzees and/or to husbandry staff for distribution, according to approved schedule.
Plan enrichment and training schedules according to goals and with senior staff approval.
Carry out chimpanzee training objectives using positive reinforcement according to approved plans.
Conduct behavioral observations according to approved schedule.
May assist with behavioral studies and data entry and summarization.
May assist with chimpanzee socialization procedures including introductions.
Maintain and oversee enrichment records.
May participate in and may lead education programs.
May concentrate on enrichment, training or behavioral research responsibilities.
May assist husbandry, veterinary or other departmental staff as directed.
Assist in training animal care staff on enrichment and operant conditioning procedures.
Assist other animal care staff in maintaining food preparation areas.
Order supplies.
Work with volunteers and visiting scientists.

Mid-Level Qualifications: Minimum requirement of an Associates Degree in a relevant field is required. At least 1 year working (paid experience) with chimpanzees. Two years experience providing enrichment and/or training to nonhuman primates or exotics is required. A combination of education and/or experience may be considered.

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.
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.).
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.
Duties may require driving Chimp Havens vehicles which requires a valid drivers license. Must also meet Chimp Haven?s motor vehicle operating standards.

TBD based on Education and Experience

Term of Appointment:
Permanent, full-time position

Application Deadline:
Position open until filled

Contact Information:
Jonathan Smith
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047

Telephone Number:
(318) 925-9575

Fax Number:
(318) 925-5600


E-mail Address:

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