Animal Behavior Research Assistant

Brookfield Zoo - Brookfield, IL (30+ days ago)4.3

Since the opening of Brookfield Zoo in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had an international reputation for taking a cutting-edge role in animal care and conservation of the natural world. Among its historical firsts are indoor multispecies exhibits, zoo nutrition residencies, innovative methods for animal husbandry, and advanced medical care that includes successful brain surgery for a gorilla. In building its legacy of animal care and compassion, the Society has developed two centers: the Center for Conservation Leadership and the Center for the Science of Animal Welfare (CSAW). These innovative learning and research hubs integrate a wide variety of disciplines, changing the way animal conservation issues are considered and advancing the science of “animal-directed” care around the world.

As the Animal Behavior Research Assistant (Research Assistant - Behavioral Research), you will make use of your prior experience in behavioral data collection techniques and/or observation methodologies to assist in analyses of behavioral and animal health data in support of innovations in Animal Welfare. You will perform data collection, data management, and data tabulation for assigned research; assist in development of ideas for new behavioral protocols and computerized data management systems; and, assist in data analyses when appropriate and perform literature searches.

Position Requirements and Specifications

The requirements for this position include the following:
Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Psychology, or related field or equivalent combination of training and experience.

One year relevant experience in behavioral data collection techniques and/or observation methodologies.

Must have ability to work collaboratively.

Must be proactive and able to identify tasks to be completed and move for ward without prompting.

Strong decision-making skills.

Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including verbal and effective listening skills.

Ability to establish, develop, and maintain a strong rapport and positive relationships with volunteers, staff, guests, and local community members.

Must be able to maintain confidential information.

Must be highly flexible and adaptable, have a strong work ethic, and be highly tactful.

Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience.

Valid driver’s license required.

The desirable/preferred qualifications for this position include the following:

Multilingual ability, Spanish fluency a plus.

Additional Information

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job LocationChicago Zoological Society-Brookfield Zoo
Zip Code


DepartmentConservation Science

Conservation, Education & Training

Union StatusNon-Union
Work Shift

Monday thru Friday