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• 403(b) retirement
• Competitive salary...
• Dental insurance
• Health insurance
• Paid time off
• Parental leave
• Relocation bonus
• Vision insurance


Job Classification
• Title Class: Animal Care Supervisor
• Descriptive Title: Chimpanzee Supervisor; Animal Care Supervisor
• Shift: Day/Night/Weekend
• FLSA: Normally Exempt
• Risk Level: 3

Primary Function

Supervises the staff caring for the chimpanzees and their housing areas and improves well-being and prevention of heart disease by close observation of chimpanzee behavior and careful cleaning procedures. Reports to senior management.

Duties And Responsibilities
• Supervises the work of all animal care staff, including night staff.
• Hire and train animal caregivers on primary responsibilities.
• Develop work schedules.
• Complete performance reviews.
• Schedule and facilitate weekly husbandry meetings.
• Coach and develop staff on leadership and team-building.
• Oversee and assign projects not directly related to animal care.
• Liaison with other departments. May set up training schedule for other departments (i.e. lock-checking procedures).
• Develop standard operating procedures.
• Assist with feeding and cleaning chimpanzees as necessary.
• Observe chimpanzee behavior and appearance. Report unusual behavior or injuries.
• Oversee maintenance of records of health, behavior, cleaning, etc. Respond to reports from care staff.
• Ensure compliance with enrichment and training objectives.
• Oversee ordering supplies and maintaining stock of feed, bedding, and cleaning supplies.
• Administer medications and treatment as needed.
• Assist in planning and implementing special projects, including educational programs.
• Participate in and may lead educational programs.
• Assist behavioral or veterinary staff as needed.
• Perform related duties as required.

Supervision and Responsibility
• Supervises and coordinates the work of animal care staff.
• Trains and supervises volunteers.
• Reports to senior management.
• Knowledgeable about variety of the field’s concepts, practices and procedures.
• Performs a variety of complicated tasks.
• Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
• A certain degree of creativity and latitude is required.

Education And Experience Required
• Bachelor’s degree in related field, veterinary technician degree, or AALAS Laboratory Animal Technician certification required.
• At least 8 years’ experience working with animals, including 6 years working with non-human primates, and 3 years working with chimpanzees required.
• A combination of 10 years’ related education and non-human primate/chimpanzee experience can be substituted for education/experience requirements.
• Three years’ experience in supervisory role at an animal facility is required.

Other Requirements And Working Conditions
• 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 50lbs for short distances.
• Must be able to assist in lifting chimpanzees (up to 75lbs).
• Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards.
• 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.)
• Weekend, holiday, and night work may be necessary. Responsible for check-ins with care staff on weekends, holidays, and nights.
• Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.
• Safety training, equipment, clothing, and supplies will be provided.

To apply for this position please visit our website at www.chimphaven.org and follow the CAREERS link in the ABOUT US segment
Shreveport LA United States


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