Research Technician/Behavioral Biology Division

Organization: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research/San Diego Zoo Global (AZA Member)
Location: Escondido, CA, Country
Job or Internship: Job

THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFYJob Closed: Thursday, March 14, 2013On-line application must be submitted by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time.**San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**(Non Union position #903202) $16.56/hr With benefits - Short TermJob requirements: "Put Your Passion For Wildlife To Work"The Behavioral Biology Division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research has an opening for the Heller Fellowship Research Technician - Elephants. Qualifications include a degree in biology, psychology or related field and previous experience conducting behavioral research. Experience using GIS and GPS technologies is a plus. The Research Technician will be responsible for conducting research on the effects of different animal management techniques upon the behavior and activity levels of African elephants at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. There will be opportunities to analyze and submit results to peer-reviewed journals for publications with Behavioral Biology Division staff. The anticipated start date is negotiable but likely sometime between April 1, 2013 and May 1, 2013. This position is short term and will last approximately (1) year in duration from the date of hire.Primary PurposeThe Heller Fellow Research Technician performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife, conservation and pursues green/conservation practices when feasible. The Heller Fellow performs a variety of assigned research activities with African elephants.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSConducts behavioral research on African elephantsAnalyzes results and writes manuscript(s) for scientific publicationPrepares reports and presents findings to division staffKeeps abreast of research and published literatureAdheres to the organization’s policies and practicesPractices the GRRREAT Customer Service StandardsREPRESENTATIVE DUTIES Conducts focal observations on African elephant behaviorPrepares GPS equipment and coordinates with animal care staff to collect movement dataConducts a literature review on African elephant behavior and welfareWrites a scientific manuscript on results from current research effortsANCILLARY FUNCTIONSPerforms related duties and responsibilities as required.QUALIFICATIONSExamples of representative qualifications include a bachelors or equivalent degree in biology, psychology or related field and previous experience conducting behavioral research.Knowledge of:Methods of animal behavior researchAbility to:Conduct behavioral researchUse word processing and database systemsWrite scientific manuscriptsWork with teams and effectively with others Communicate effectively (verbal and written)WORKING ENVIRONMENTWork outdoors; exposure to varying weather conditions, dust, and allergens; work in temperatures above 100 degrees in the summer months at the SDZ Safari Park; possible exposure to poisonous insects and wild animals. One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative. (Post 1/31/2013)