Emory University Animal Behavior Mgmt Spec in atlanta, Georgia


NOTE: This is a time limited regular position lasting about 18 months. At the end of the 18 months, the position may no longer be funded.


  • Participates in an integrated program of animal care and environmental enrichment with enrichment, animal care, and veterinary staff members.

  • 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.

  • Completes social introductions of nonhuman primates, monitors progress and assists in decisions about outcomes of introductions.

  • Monitors social interactions of nonhuman primates.

  • Designs, develops and implements specific training procedures that employ positive behavior modification techniques, with the goals of facilitating husbandry, veterinary, research, and environmental enrichment procedures, and reducing the stress of these procedures on the animals.

  • Identifies animals that are in need of specialized intervention for observed behavioral or clinical problems. Maintains daily documentation of enrichment procedures and progress.

  • Also maintains documentation of enrichment program implementation and inventories, and generates progress reports.

  • Develops individual protocols and conducts training sessions using positive reinforcement techniques. 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.

  • Performs other related responsibilities as required.

  • 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.


  • Two years of college course work in relevant field such as Biology, Psychology, Zoology, Anthropology, or Wildlife Management.

  • At least one year of 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 ALAT Certification through AALAS within one year of beginning this position.

  • The ability to lift up to 45 pounds.


  • Four year degree in relevant field such as Psychology, Biology, Zooology, Anthropology or Wildlife Management.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.

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Job Number 19836

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division Yerkes National Primate Resear

Department YRK: Behavioral Management

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.

Job Category Laboratory

Emory University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all applicable Federal and Georgia State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action in its programs and activities. Emory University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, gender, genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and veteran's status. Inquiries about this statement should be directed to the Office of Equity and Inclusion, 201 Dowman Drive, Administration Bldg, Atlanta, GA 30322