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Animal Welfare Scientist – Full-Time- Saint Louis Zoo
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Posted Sep 4
Animal Welfare Scientist – (Full-Time)
This new position will formally propose, develop and execute animal welfare research on the campuses of the Saint Louis Zoo, the results of which will be communicated through peer-reviewed and popular publications, as well as through presentations at scientific, AZA and other professional conferences.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
  • Plans, develops and implements animal welfare research projects in collaboration with staff in the Reproductive & Behavioral Sciences Department, Animal Division, Institute for Conservation Medicine and Animal Health Departments in both campuses of the Saint Louis Zoo
  • Presents data and findings to staff, volunteers and various zoo audiences as requested.
  • Publishes and presents findings in collaboration with and after approval of supervisor and staff as appropriate.
  • Represents the Saint Louis Zoo at relevant conferences, professional gatherings and workshops
  • Assists with various Saint Louis Zoo Department efforts as requested.
  • Works collaboratively with animal care staff to develop and refine welfare monitoring processes and evaluation tools to assess the impact of management, husbandry and lifestyle changes on animal welfare
  • Serves on the Zoo’s research review committee and/or IACUC
  • Identify and secure external funding sources
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
This position may oversee students or interns and will participate in recruitment, training, on-boarding, and management of these individuals. 
POSITION REPORTS TO:  Director of Research, Dept. of Reproductive & Behavioral Sciences
QUALIFICATIONS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The successful candidate must be able to perform the essential functions of the job either with or without reasonable accommodations.
  • Advanced knowledge of current scientific research methods, biology and natural history
  • Strong statistical analysis and data management skills
  • Advanced knowledge of biology and behavior of animals in human care is preferred.
  • Interpersonal and professional skills necessary to establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with zoo departments, staff members, volunteers, community and partner organizations.
  • Proven record of research experience and a strong record of successful publication in related fields.
  • Experience with research projects that help enhance and assess animal welfare.
  • Zoo, aquarium or museum experience is preferred.
  • Ability to work effectively independently and as a team member. 
  • Excellent organizational, time management, and problem solving skills.
  • Strong proficiency in both written and oral communication skills.
  • Competence and proficiency in the use of computers and a wide variety of software programs, particularly as related to research.
  • Ability to travel to offsite meetings as needed.
  • Commitment to the mission of the Zoo and the Zoo’s Core Values.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE
PhD in biology, zoology, conservation science or related field with three or more years of work experience in animal welfare research or equivalent required. Postdoctoral research experience in a zoo or aquarium setting is preferred. Proven experience in proposal writing, successful grantsmanship, research methods, advanced statistical analysis and publication in peer-reviewed literature required.
 
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Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 3147810900