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Emory Healthcare/Emory University Lead Animal Behavior Management Specialist - Division of Animal Resources (DAR), School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia

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

  • Positions within the Emory National Primate Research Center will be working with nonhuman primates, while employees in the School of Medicine Division of Animal Resources will be working with other laboratory animals, such as pigs and ferrets.

  • 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.

  • Determines potential social partners, completes social introductions, monitors progress, and makes decisions about outcomes of introductions for social species.

  • Monitors social interactions of group-living animals.

  • Designs, develops, and implements specific animal training procedures that employ behavioral modification techniques.

  • Identifies animals that need 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, Wildlife Management, or equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.

  • 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.

NOTE: Position tasks are required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location; working remote is not an option. Emory reserves the right to change this status with notice to employee.

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Job Number 127297

Job Type Regular Full-Time

Division School Of Medicine

Department SOM: Div of Animal Resources

This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues: Working in a laboratory, Working with animals.

Job Category Animal Care and Research

Campus Location (For Posting) : City Atlanta

Location : Name Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor