Emory University Lead Animal Behavior Management Specialist in atlanta, Georgia



  • 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.


  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field such as Biology, Psychology, Zoology, Anthropology, or Wildlife Management.

  • At least two years 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 LAT Certification through AALAS within one year of beginning this position.

  • The ability to lift up to 45 pounds.

This position is located at the Yerkes Main Station on Emory University campus Atlanta, GA.

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Job Number 24805

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