Research Associate

Organization: Detroit Zoological Society (AZA Member)
Location: Royal Oak, Michigan, United States
Job or Internship: Job

The Detroit Zoological Society's Center for Zoo Animal Welfare (CZAW) is accepting applications for a Research Associate. CZAW is a resource center for captive animal welfare knowledge, research and best practices; a convener and forum for exotic animal welfare science, practice and policy discussions; and a center conducting research and training, and recognizing advances in exotic animal welfare.The research conducted through the Center represents two key areas of interest: developing additional measures of animal welfare and the effects of captive environments and management practices on welfare. Although broadly applied across species, focus is on several taxa/animal groups.The Center for Zoo Animal Welfare Research Associate supports the Director of Animal Welfare in achieving research goals, making widely available current and past literature on animal welfare, and assisting in the planning of workshops and symposia. The required work schedule is Monday-Thursday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Duties: • Assists with research projects, including literature searches, study design, and data collection, entry, and analysis• Responsible for day-to-day supervision and training of volunteers and interns• Manages the CZAW online resource center and physical library• Assists in report preparation and dissemination• Assists with CZAW workshops and symposiums• Responsible for monthly CZAW newsletter development and disseminationWorking ConditionsThe CZAW Research Associate will typically work only on weekdays, but some weekend hours may occur. Work may take place in the early morning or late afternoon hours, and will occur in both indoor and outdoor settings. Direct contact with animals will not occur, but close proximity to animal enclosures will occur. Physical RequirementsThe CZAW Research Associate must be able to perform all principal duties satisfactorily. S/He must be able to perform moderate physical effort on a daily basis such as walking, bending, stooping, lifting, and standing for an extended period of time. S/He must be able to lift up to 20 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential duties. The Research Associate must complete a TB test, or provide proof of a recent test upon being hired.Qualifications: Minimum• Bachelor’s degree in the behavioral or biological sciences required• Demonstrated experience with behavioral/observational research• Strong verbal and written communication skills• Strong interpersonal skills• Strong problem-solving and critical thinking abilities• Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs and EndNote• High personal motivation, self-management, and attention to detail• Capacity and willingness to learn new software use, research methods and statistical techniquesPreferred • Previous zoo research experience• Demonstrated knowledge of statistical analysis skills• Previous supervisory experience• Video editing skills For the complete job posting and to apply online through, please click here: