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Assistant Behavior Technician

Hiring Organization:
Chimp Haven

Date Posted:

Position Description:
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.


Entry Level: Minimum requirement of a H.S. diploma, GED, and coursework in a relevant field is required. Intern experience is allowed. One years? experience providing enrichment and/or training to primates or exotics is required. Primate experience is 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.
- Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver?s license and meet Chimp Haven?s motor vehicle operating standards.
- 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.

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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