|JOB DESCRIPTION: Participates in an integrated program of animal care and environmental enrichment with enrichment, animal care, and veterinary staff members. Responsible for ordering supplies needed for enrichment program. Organizes and performs technical duties, such as the preparation, maintenance and distribution of enrichment materials, devices and equipment. Oversees and performs assembly, repair, and distribution of foraging devices, puzzles, and other objects for animals to eat, manipulate and explore. Maintains inventory of supplies. Designs, develops and tests enrichment techniques, new ideas for enhancing captive environments, and interventions in terms of practicality, use by animals, and efficacy for improving behavior. Designs, develops and tests enrichment techniques, new ideas for enhancing captive environments, and interventions in terms of practicality, use by animals, and efficacy for improving behavior. Determines potential nonhuman primate social partners, completes social introductions, monitors progress and makes decisions about outcomes of introductions. Monitors social interactions of group-living nonhuman primates. Designs, develops and implements specific animal training procedures that employ behavioral modification techniques. Identifies animals that are in need of specialized therapy for observed behavioral problems. Coordinates documentation of enrichment procedures and generates written and numeric progress reports on the behavioral management program. Assists in conducting behavioral research that evaluates environmental enrichment. Collects observational data for enrichment studies. Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures. Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data, and prepares charts and graphs. Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques. May assist in research protocol design. Demonstrates and trains others in proper research techniques and use of equipment. Troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment. Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings. Indoor and outdoor work environment, exposure to biohazards and potentially dangerous animals. Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's degree in relevant field such as Biology, Psychology, Zoology, Anthropology, or Wildlife Management. At least two years experience in enrichment and/or behavioral research. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with a wide variety of personnel. Excellent time management and organizational skills. Must gain or attempt to gain LAT Certification through AALAS within one year of beginning this position. The ability to lift up to 45 pounds.
DATE REVIEWED/CREATED/MODIFIED: 5/13/11 JB
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