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Training Coordinator

Hiring Organization:
Save the Chimps, Inc.

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Position Overview

The primary goal of the Behavior and Welfare Department is to enhance the welfare of each individual chimpanzee at Save the Chimps. We aim to improve their quality of life through the continued expansion of enrichment and training programs, as well as through the evaluation of chimpanzee behavior and welfare indicators. The Training Coordinator is primarily responsible for the continued development of the chimpanzee training program. Duties include training the chimpanzees for basic husbandry and veterinary behaviors, monitoring individual progress, maintaining training records, and mentoring Chimp Care staff. Additionally, the Training Coordinator provides support and expertise related to behavioral management and applied animal behavior. Technical training skills and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships are essential to this role.

The following is a list of the essential functions of this position. The duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:

Essential Job Functions
Train chimpanzees for husbandry and veterinary behaviors using positive reinforcement
Monitor and document individual training progress for assigned chimpanzees
Develop and refine shaping plans, training timelines, schedules, and goals individualized for chimpanzee residents as assigned and in accordance with departmental priorities
Apply knowledge of animal behavior in the context of training, for example, individual temperament, needs and skills
Conduct introductory training classes, workshops, and training evaluations as assigned
Assist with the development and implementation of behavioral management plans for individual chimpanzees or groups
Consult and coordinate with other departments as needed to complete assigned duties effectively and efficiently
Assist with sanctuary tours, educational outreach and media events as requested

Required Skills and Knowledge
Comprehensive understanding of animal training techniques and animal learning processes
Understanding of chimpanzee behavior, cognition, and natural history
Experience in teaching training skills and concepts to colleagues and professionals
Strong ability to troubleshoot, work through training challenges, and think flexibly in order to achieve training goals
Ability to organize and drive a program and contribute to its development and expansion
Ability to work safely in close proximity to chimpanzees and adhere to the sanctuary?s written safety policies
Knowledge of USDA, GFAS, and general industry standards relating to animal training and welfare
Ability to work and collaborate with a diverse team and communicate in a professional manner

Education and Work Experience

A minimum of four years experience training with great apes is required
High School diploma required; Undergraduate degree in related field preferred
Previous experience with training complex physical and medical behaviors preferred

Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand; stand for long periods of time; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs, step stools, ladders; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear; able to push and pull metal doors. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and team lift in excess of 25 lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions
Must be able to run and swim in the face of danger

Environmental Requirements

Tasks are regularly performed with potential for exposure to adverse conditions, such as toxic/poisonous agents, dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness, humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery, vibrations, animals/wildlife.
Employees must not object to unpleasant chimpanzee behaviors include spitting of water or saliva, throwing of feces, food or other waste, and chimpanzee displays that may include banging, kicking of the fencing, and loud screams or hooting.
Retaliation and/or negativity towards the chimpanzees are not permitted
In addition, the employee will be using kitchen equipment such as stoves, ovens, microwave ovens, knives and other tools normally found in a kitchen environment.

Save the Chimps is an equal opportunity employer and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

To apply: Please submit a CV, cover letter and at least two professional references to

Contact Information:
Jennifer Brown
16891 Carole Noon Lane
Fort Pierce, FL 34945

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