Primate Technician (Keeper) I

Organization: Duke Lemur Center
Location: Durham, NC, us
Job or Internship: Job
Duke Lemur Center
Primate Technician (keeper) I

The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) is part of Duke University and houses the largest and most diverse collection of lemurs found outside of Madagascar. Situated on 70 acres the DLC is committed to research, education and conservation. The open Primate Technician (keeper) position is one of twelve that care for the 250 + animals on site each day. 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.

Job Description:
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.
• Associates Degree in exotic animal husbandry or Bachelor’s Degree in a biological science.
• At least one year working in a zoological setting (preferably with some primate experience)
• Must be in good physical condition (able to lift 50 lbs., walk several miles, stand for long periods of time)
• Must be able to work outside in all weather and work in forested areas with uneven terrain.

To Apply:
All resumes and cover letters must be submitted electronically through Duke University’s Human Resource Department’s website ( Use reference number 400697396 to access to the official job posting.