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S: Perform a variety Perform a variety of technical tasks related to the care, management and research of rare primates at the Duke Lemur Center. The DLC is a fast-paced work environment and depends heavily on a team based operational structure. The position is a husbandry focused position not involved in research directly. The successful candidates must be able to work at a fast pace, possess excellent communication skills, able to work as part of a diverse team, be able to adapt to a dynamic work environment, learn quickly, possess excellent observation skills and have very good attention to detail.
PRIMARY JOB DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Perform routine and standardized technical (keeper) tasks to provide for the daily feeding, cleaning and health care of primates including the recording of data such as body weight, medication given, food consumption, behavior, training sessions and enrichment.
- Maintain cleanliness and condition of animal enclosures, and sufficient stock and supplies for the proper performance of duties.
- Perform a variety of tasks that provide assistance as needed with the coordination and execution of DLC non-invasive research projects including, but not limited to, capture and restraint, weighing primates, obtaining specimens and observing behavioral patterns.
- Assist in routine and emergency medical treatment for primates such as surgery, physical exams, administration of fluids, medicines and contraceptives, fecal collection, palpations, sexing and weighing of infants, and monitoring of reproductive cycles.
- Report and record signs of diseases and/or behavioral concerns through observation of physical condition and behavior. Report changes in environmental conditions which affect the well-being of the primates.
- Administer special diets to ensure adequate vitamins and trace mineral elements; feed and water primates according to schedule. Maintain cleanliness of animal quarters and assigned areas. Transport animals, supplies and materials; operate motor vehicle as required. Design and construct cages based on species-specific behavior, locomotor patterns and social groupings; perform minor repairs on cages and equipment.
- Conduct regular animal training sessions and provide enrichment in accordance with the guidelines and expectations of the Duke Lemur Center animal training and enrichment program.
- Communicate in a professional manner with a variety of personalities to promote an open exchange of information and ideas, as well as team work. Provide constructive feedback to new co-workers throughout their training.
- Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.
POSITION REQUIREMENTS & SPECIFICATIONS:
Education: Work generally requires a bachelor's degree.
Experience & Skill Requirement:
Work generally requires 6 months of experience in a laboratory, animal care, or similar setting to become familiar with the technical tasks associated with the feeding and health care of animals. College course work in biology, zoology, animal sciences, or a related field may be substituted for experience.
OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Work generally requires a bachelor's degree.
Work generally requires 6 months of experience in a laboratory, animal OR AN EQUIVALENT COMBINATION OF RELEVANT EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE care, or similar setting to become familiar with the technical tasks associated with the feeding and health care of animals. College course work in biology, zoology, animal sciences, or a related field may be substituted for experience.
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