mardi 22 février 2011

Behavior Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Chimp Haven, Inc.

Position Description:
Chimp Haven, Inc., a sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from the research, pet and entertainment industries, seeks a Research Assistant in our Behavior Department to assist staff in reaching publication goals through literature reviews, data entry, data summarization, report generation, and supervised manuscript preparation from both new and pre-existing data. Duties also include: conduct behavioral observations of chimpanzees for new behavioral studies as approved; assist with educational programs including presentations to the public; assist with administrative duties including filing, meeting minutes, and staff training. The Research Assistant may also perform other duties related to public outreach including cataloging and organizing photographs, videos and other media; assist with newsletter, website, or classroom presentations; assist with volunteer program and visiting scientists. Perform related duties as required.

Education and experience required: A bachelor’s degree in a related field and four years experience in enrichment, training or behavioral observations of nonhuman primates.

Education and experience preferred: Advanced degree in psychology, anthropology, zoology or related field and 5 years experience in behavioral observation of nonhuman primates. A combination of 13 years related education and nonhuman primate experience can be substituted for the above education/experience.

Skills preferred: Experience with literature searches, data entry, summarizing and analyzing data, and writing preferred. Publication record preferred. Knowledge of statistical methods preferred. Two years experience collecting behavioral observations preferred.

$32,000. to $36,000. annually.

Application Deadline:
Position open until filled.

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, tetanus, regular TB testing and other inoculations is required.

To apply, please send resume, cover letter and salary requirements to

Contact Information:
Sharon Roy
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047

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