Animal Behavioral Management, Lead

Job Number
Job Type
Regular Full-Time
Emory Primate Center
EPC: Behavioral Management
This position may involve the following Health and Safety issues:
Potential exposure to hazardous chemicals., Working with animals., Working with nonhuman primates (nhp), nhp tissue, body fluids or equipment contaminated by nhp.
Job Category
Campus Location (For Posting) : City
Location : Name
Emory Campus-Clifton Corridor

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Dedicated to discovering causes, preventions, treatments, and cures of disease, Emory National Primate Research Center (EPC) is improving human and animal health and lives worldwide. One of seven NIH-funded NPRCs, EPC conducts studies that make breakthrough discoveries possible. Learn more at http://enprc.emory.edu


The Unit of Behavioral Management within the Emory National Primate Research Center at Emory University is currently seeking a full-time Animal Behavioral Management Specialist, Lead to join our team. Our work consists of the development, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral management techniques to our population of nonhuman primates. These techniques include behavioral assessment, environmental enrichment, social housing, animal training and input/coordination of changes in operational activities to address behavioral and welfare needs. Our work is science based and our goal is to improve captive primate welfare and support essential biomedical science. We share our research findings with the scientific community via publications, presentations, webinars and workshops.


Collaborate. Innovate. Serve. These three simple words capture what we do at EPC to help advance science and improve the health and well-being of humans and non-human primates. If you are someone with non-human primate experience who is familiar with direct application and assessment of behavioral management techniques such as behavioral observations, enrichment, social housing, and animal training this is an amazing opportunity to make a positive impact in the science and research community by enhancing animal welfare. 


The ideal candidate should be motivated, dependable, detail-oriented, have a positive attitude and passion for research.  The Animal Behavioral Management, Lead will be a team player who is willing to learn on the job and collaborate with colleagues within and outside of the Behavioral Management Unit. The Animal Behavioral Management, Lead will work to ensure the highest quality of animal welfare and behavioral management implementation and support, and will have good communication skills with co-workers, the management team, animal care, veterinary medicine, research staff, students, and other support services.



  • Participates in an integrated program of animal care and environmental enrichment with enrichment, animal care, and veterinary staff members.
  • Responsible for ordering supplies needed for enrichment program.
  • Organizes and performs technical duties, such as the preparation, maintenance and distribution of enrichment materials, devices and equipment.
  • Oversees and performs assembly, repair, and distribution of foraging devices, puzzles, and other objects for animals to eat, manipulate and explore.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies.
  • Designs, develops and tests enrichment techniques, new ideas for enhancing captive environments, and interventions in terms of practicality, use by animals, and efficacy for improving behavior.
  • Designs, develops and tests enrichment techniques, new ideas for enhancing captive environments, and interventions in terms of practicality, use by animals, and efficacy for improving behavior.
  • Determines potential nonhuman primate social partners, completes social introductions, monitors progress and makes decisions about outcomes of introductions.
  • Monitors social interactions of group-living nonhuman primates.
  • Designs, develops and implements specific animal training procedures that employ behavioral modification techniques.
  • Identifies animals that are in need of specialized therapy for observed behavioral problems.
  • Coordinates documentation of enrichment procedures and generates written and numeric progress reports on the behavioral management program.
  • Assists in conducting behavioral research that evaluates environmental enrichment.
  • Collects observational data for enrichment studies.
  • Assists in planning and scheduling research procedures.
  • Records results of studies, compiles and analyzes data, and prepares charts and graphs.
  • Uses independent judgment in applying or adapting scientific techniques.
  • May assist in research protocol design.
  • Demonstrates and trains others in proper research techniques and use of equipment.
  • Troubleshoots and performs routine repair and maintenance of equipment.
  • Reviews literature for related research developments and techniques and compiles findings.
  • Indoor and outdoor work environment, exposure to biohazards and potentially dangerous animals.
  • Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.

Employees in this classification may be required to work with, take specific precautions against and/or be immunized against potentially hazardous agents.



  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field such as Biology, Psychology, Zoology, Anthropology, or Wildlife Management, OR equivalent combination of experience, education, and training.
  • At least two years experience in enrichment and/or behavioral research.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently as well as in collaboration with a wide variety of personnel.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Must gain or attempt to gain LAT Certification through AALAS within one year of beginning this position.
  • The ability to lift up to 45 pounds.


  • The ability to lift up to 50 pounds


  • Work environment may involve working with biohazardous blood and tissues although this is not typical.
  • Work environment involves some exposure to hazards or physical risks, which require following basic safety precautions to avoid.
  • Indoor and outdoor work environment, exposure to biohazards and potentially dangerous animals.
  • Requires the ability to bend, kneel, and/or squat.


Emory NPRC in conjunction with Emory University conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which may include an INA and criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications, drug screening, the requirement of various vaccinations, and health assessment. Employment is contingent upon a clear background screening.


NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location.  Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.

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