Research Support - Laboratory/Non-Laboratory, Staff/Administrative
Employment Type: Permanent Staff (SHRA)
Vacancy ID: P009986
Salary Range: $44,800 - $52,000
The Enrichment Specialist will function as a team member of professionals and utilize available resources to provide environmental enrichment to a wide variety of research animals. The position will conduct positive reinforcement training, social housing, and behavioral assessment of animals. The position will train and oversee staff involved in animal care, as well as implement enrichment activities, including evaluation of enrichment, establishing goals, and scheduling. The position will maintain records, provide written and verbal reports, purchase and maintain inventory, and construct enrichment devices and foodstuffs. The position will be responsible for performing literature searches and keeping up with changes or trends in the animal enrichment field, as well as ensuring all enrichment needs are being met for species on campus. The position will write and/or revise Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and Environmental Enhancement Plans. The position will serve as chair of the Environmental Enrichment Committee, leading monthly meetings and creating agendas, as well as ensuring proper constitution and function of the committee. The position will also communicate enrichment plans and strategies to veterinarians, animal care management, investigators, IACUC staff, and other stakeholders in the animal research program.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the area of assignment; or equivalent combination of training and experience. All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
Previous experience in animal enrichment
Previous experience in animal health evaluation
Previous experience with behavioral assessments of animals
Previous experience in a research setting
Excellent attention to detail and strong work ethic
Excellent oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff (e.g., research personnel and veterinary practice clients)
Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Demonstrated ability to foster positive relationships with coworkers and researchers
Demonstrated ability to work with research and veterinary staff to address behavioral issues
Demonstrated ability to maintain detailed records and manage inventory and purchasing systems
Understanding of species-specific behavior of rodent and non-rodent species commonly found in research facilities
Understanding of species-specific behavior as it relates to the overall health of the animals
Microsoft Office and data entry skills
AALAS certification at the LAT level or higher
Previous experience evaluating and clinically managing sick or injured animals
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.
Internal Number: 159718
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