Behavioral Management Supervisor - Tulane National Primate Research Center

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Kate Baker

May 20, 2022, 6:38:41 PMMay 20
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The Tulane National Primate Research Center (TNPRC) in Covington, LA is now accepting applications for a manager working under the supervision of the head of the Unit of Behavioral Management (Dr. Kate Baker). The position entails oversight of the operation and continuous improvement of the TNPRC Behavioral Management Program, whose main elements include social management, inanimate enrichment, animal training, behavioral monitoring, and implementation of programs to increase the welfare of the center’s population.

Application details and online application can be found here:

Please contact Dr. Kate Baker at for additional information.

Job responsibilities

  • Supervise and organize of the daily duties and workload allocation of a team of nine Primate Behavioral Management Technicians
  • Oversee the social management for non-human primates, from pair housing to large groups
  • Supervise and conduct positive reinforcement training and other operant conditioning techniques  
  • Coordinate the use of inanimate enrichment and enhancements to the physical environment, including purchases, evaluation of ongoing processes and the design and evaluation of novel methods
  • Oversee the monitoring of the behavioral health of the TNPRC nonhuman primate population and the design of interventions aimed to improve the welfare for individual animals
  • Maintain detailed documentation of program activities, and assist with the evaluation of outcomes in order to refine procedures
  • Participate in the collection of behavioral and physiological data and its compilation for analysis and interpretation
  • Coordinate behavioral management efforts with veterinary, animal care, facilities, and research personnel 
  • Develop, coordinate, and deliver personnel training activities to all personnel contributing to the implementation of the behavioral management program

Minimum qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree and two years’ experience working with non-human primates or other animal species, OR High School Diploma/Equivalent and eight years’ experience working with non-human primates or other animal species
  • Work experience as a supervisor/personnel manager

Preferred qualifications

  • Four years of experience in implementing or planning primate behavioral management techniques
  • Advanced degree in a relevant field
  • Knowledge of non-human primate behavior
  • Familiarity with behavioral management techniques in order to improve psychological well-being of non-human primates.
  • Involvement in research, including data collection and analysis
  • Familiarity with pertinent legislation and policies

Other necessary skills

  • Able to work independently with minimal supervision, with excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrable ability to perform data management and analysis, and to develop personnel training material
  • Excellent computer skills, including knowledge of standard office software
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

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