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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.
  • 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.
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
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.
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.
Saint Louis Zoo
One Government Dr.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: 3147810900