Job Seekers

Chimp Haven is a non-profit, equal opportunity, diversity-committed employer. Chimp Haven employs more than 40 individuals on a full-time basis. Full-time jobs are available in the general areas of animal husbandry, animal management, operations, maintenance, finance and general administration. All of these positions are highly competitive and generally require related experience and/or a specific educational background in the particular area.

How to Apply:
We will only accept resumes for those positions currently available. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please send a resume and a cover letter with salary requirements to:

Chimp Haven
Attn: Human Resources
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047

Please include the appropriate job title as indicated on the posting. You may also fax your information to 318.925.5600 or e-mail to careers@chimphaven.org. No phone calls please.

Chimp Haven is a sanctuary for chimpanzees retired from medical research and the pet or entertainment industries and is located in southwest Caddo Parish 22 miles southwest of Shreveport, Louisiana. Chimp Haven employees work in a team atmosphere and enjoy competitive salary and benefits packages. Chimp Haven is an equal opportunity employer.

Job Openings

1. Veterinary Technician II

Open: 12/31/2014

Closed: When filled

Job Classification

Title Class: Veterinary Technician II

Descriptive Title:  Veterinary Technician II, Veterinary Technician

Shift:  Normally days, including weekends.  Night work may be required.

FLSA: Non-exempt

Risk Level: 3

Primary Function

Provide medical care for chimpanzees.  Most duties performed under general supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

Assist veterinarian with physical exams, treatments and procedures, including the collection of samples for testing.

Perform routine veterinary procedures under direction of Veterinarian.

Assist during surgery and necropsies, including operation of equipment..

Autoclave surgical instruments.

Maintain cleanliness of vet clinics

Observe chimpanzees for detection of symptoms associated with disease.

Dispense medication to chimpanzees under direction of veterinarian.

Order and stock veterinary supplies.

Record observations and may maintain chimpanzee medical records.

Maintain medical equipment.

May sedate and recover chimpanzees.

Coordinate laboratory tests.

Work with behavioral staff to train chimpanzees to cooperate during medical procedures.

Assist behavioral or husbandry staff as required, including participation in colony management decisions.

May serve as team leader.

Assist with training of new employees

May train other animal care staff on techniques and procedures.

May supervise volunteers.

Perform related duties as required.

Education and Experience Required

Education required:  Associates degree or Veterinary Technical degree required.  A bachelor’s degree in related area and four year’s experience as a veterinary technician can be substituted for the above education/experience requirement.

Education Preferred:  A licensed Veterinary Technical degree is preferred.

Experience and skills required:  Six years veterinary technician experience required.  Three year’s experience working with nonhuman primates required.

Experience and skills preferred:   One year working with chimpanzees preferred.

Other requirements and working conditions

This work will require bending, carrying, kneeling, lifting, listening, pulling, pushing, reading, speaking, squatting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, watching and writing.

Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances.  Must be able to assist in lifting chimpanzees (up to 75 lbs.).

Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards.

Work may involve considerable outdoor work in various weather conditions.

Potential exists for animal bites and scratches.

Potential exposure to unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious agents (Hepatitis B,C, HIV, etc.).

Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary.

Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.

Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

 2. Animal Care Giver II

Open:  2/16/15

Closed:  When position filled.

Job Classification

Shift:  Day Shift Weekdays – Full time

FLSA: Non-exempt

Risk Level: 3

Primary Function

Provide care for the chimpanzees and their housing areas and improve wellbeing and prevent disease by close observation of chimpanzee behavior and careful cleaning procedures.  Most duties performed under direct supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

Wash produce, prepare diets, provide diets to the chimpanzees.

Sanitize enrichment items in accordance with USDA regulations and AAALAC standards.

Clean and sanitize chimpanzee housing areas and support areas (kitchen, equipment, produce cooler, break room, storage areas, feed/bedding storage, and related areas).

Use cleaning equipment.

Remove and replace bedding.

Observe chimpanzee behavior and appearance.  Report unusual behavior or injuries.

Perform incremental animal checks (every 4 hours).

Prepare and transport food, bedding or supplies from storage areas to animal areas.

Maintain records of health, behavior, cleaning, etc.

 

Provide enrichment to chimpanzees as directed.

Provide training to chimpanzees as directed.

Participate in an intensive training program.

Provide positive reinforcement training to chimpanzees.

Participate in educational programs as directed.

May assist behavioral or veterinary staff as directed.

May administer medications and treatment under supervision.

May maintain inventory of feed, bedding and cleaning supplies.

May assist in planning and implementing special projects.

May be designated as group leader and assist other animal caregivers as directed.

Perform related duties as required.

Supervision and Responsibility

Works under direct supervision of colony manager and animal care supervisor or senior animal care staff.

Does not supervise anyone. Caregiver II may act as team or group leader.

Performs tasks as assigned.

Caregiver II may assist in training new employees.

Relies on pre-established guidelines and experience to plan and accomplish goals.

Primary job does not typically require exercising independent judgment.

Education and Experience Required

High school diploma or GED required.

Must have aptitude for the care and wellbeing of animals.

At least 3 years experience around animals

At least 5 years experience working with animals, including 3 years working with nonhuman primates or 1 year working with chimpanzees required for Caregiver II.  A combination of six years related education and nonhuman primate or chimpanzee experience can be substituted for the education/experience requirements for Caregiver II.

Ability to work in a team environment read and follows written and verbal instructions and write legibly and accurately.

Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards.

Education and Experience Preferred

Associates degree/Bachelors degree preferred or coursework in relevant field preferred.

Other requirements and working conditions

This work will require bending, carrying, kneeling, lifting, listening, pulling, pushing, reading, speaking, squatting, standing, stooping, stretching, walking, watching and writing.

Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances.  Must be able to assist in lifting chimpanzees (up to 75 lbs.).

Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards including a good driving record.

Work may involve considerable outdoor work in various weather conditions.

Potential exists for animal bites and scratches.

Potential exposure to unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious agents (Hepatitis B,C, HIV, etc.).

Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary.

Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program that includes hepatitis B and other inoculations is required.

Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

Passion for wildlife and conservation preferred. Send cover letter, salary requirement and resume to:  careers@chimphaven.org  or fax resume to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600.

3.Director of Facilities and Grounds

Open: March 19, 2015    

Closed when position is filled

Job Classification

Shift:  Normally days, but weekend, holiday and night work may be required when needed.

FLSA: Exempt

Risk Level: 3

Primary Function

Plan, organize and supervise all functions of sanctuary facilities and grounds program; including, areas of safety related to buildings and systems, maintenance, grounds including landscaping, gardens and hydroponic systems, operations, transportation, energy conservation, sustainability, long-term facility planning, facilities services budget and oversight of major capital building and repair projects as assigned, and is a key member of the sanctuary’s safety committee. While this is a Director position, it is expected that this role requires working alongside maintenance and grounds staff.

Duties and Responsibilities

Select, train, instruct, appraise, counsel and motivate assigned staff;

Plan, organize, schedule, assign and review the work of others;

Oversee preventive maintenance program to ensure that equipment runs smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate;

Maintain required records, prepare reports and correspondence;

Evaluate and develop procedures, standards, and methods, and monitor long-term department objectives and policies;

Ensure proper functioning of electrical and plumbing systems;

Diagnose and repair machine malfunctions;

Responsible for building, repairing, painting climbing structures, roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall, counters, benches, partitions and other structures such as sheds and outbuildings;

Oversee ordering of supplies and maintain a clean and organized work area;

Recommend and use appropriate chemicals as needed;

Create, manage and implement the department budget;

May oversee facility capital building and repair projects as assigned;

Act as liaison with general contractors and representatives;

Oversight of the facilities’ sewer treatment plant and environmental matters;

May use tools ranging from common hand and power tools to precision measuring instruments and electrical testing devices;

Plan and recommend methods to improve productivity and efficiency;

Ensure compliance with applicable regulations;

Serve on or lead teams or committees;

May supervise department volunteers;

Demonstrate excellent oral and written communication skills;

Perform other duties as required.

Supervision and Responsibility

This position reports directly to the President and CEO.

Recommends plans and monitors long-term department goals and policies and relies on experience and judgment to accomplish the work.  Creativity, independent thinking and latitude are required.

Education and Experience Required

Bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred;

Certification in area of specialization preferred;

Extensive knowledge and experience in a variety of the field’s concepts, practices and procedures required;

A minimum of eight years facility maintenance experience required including two years of supervisory experience;

A combination of 10 years education and/or experience can be substituted for above requirements,

Other requirements and working conditions

The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties are:

Lifting and carrying heavy materials, furniture, equipment and tools.

This work is performed in outdoor, shop and office settings.

Pushing, pulling, stretching, squatting, standing, climbing, crawling, kneeling and stooping to reach work; manual strength and dexterity to operate tools and equipment, and pull, push or manipulate heavy objects against resistance.

Work outdoors in temperature extremes and inclement weather.

May work aerially, such as on ladders, roofs, above ground areas of facility.

May work with exposure to: unpleasant odors, animal wastes, animal tissues and body fluids, toxic chemicals, zoonotic diseases (tuberculosis, shigella etc.), infectious, bacterial contamination and hazardous chemicals and fumes; and potential exists for animal bites and scratches.

Must be able to routinely lift and carry 50 lbs for short distances.

Duties may require driving Chimp Haven vehicles, and must have a valid driver’s license and meet Chimp Haven’s motor vehicle operating standards.

Hepatitis B inoculations are offered but not required.

An initial health screening and tuberculous testing is required

Safety training, equipment, clothing and supplies will be provided.

A respect for the chimpanzees in Chimp Haven’s care is expected as well as a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse departments and backgrounds of staff.

Send cover letter, salary requirement and resume to:  careers@chimphaven.org  or fax resume to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600.

4. Human Resources Administrator

 Open:3/24/2015                                                       

 Closed: When filled

Primary Function

Provide human resource administrative support and may process payroll for organization.

Works with little direct supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

Deliver excellent HR customer service at all times; applying strong communication skills to all interactions with employees, vendors, management, the public at large.

Maintain confidentiality and security of all employee and certain proprietary company files and information.

Possess knowledge of and ensures compliance with all legal requirements as well as federal and state government reporting and regulations, to include contractual requirements, affecting human resources functions; FLSA, FMLA, EEOC, ADA, ERISA.

Participates in analyzing the efficiency, efficacy, and compliance of existing HR goals and programs, objectives and systems; provide input and suggestions to effect continual improvements of department and services performed.

Performs benefits administration of all company employee benefits including required reporting (health/dental/life/STD/LTD/dental/vision/FSA/retirement/workers comp); and to include approving invoices for payment and communicating benefit information to employees.

Conducts recruitment effort for all personnel including temporary employees; assists managers to ensure all required documentation is in place prior to beginning hire process as well as providing support to managers during the process.

Facilitate the execution of onboarding/new hire orientation including eVerify; obtain follow up to the experience; monitor and analyze the process and outcomes; identify improvement opportunities.

Handles employee exit paperwork including all internal and external documentation.

Analyze data related to absenteeism and vacation usage to provide structure and guidance to management and to address employee trends or areas of business productivity.

Analyze data related to employee separation to identify opportunities for improving employment experience to reduce turnover; collaborate with senior management to implement new programs, strategies and policies.

Provide support in administering performance review program as required.

Maintains employee manual including periodic suggestions for improvement or revision.

Maintain knowledge of organizational policies and procedures and programs, respond to inquiries regarding same.

Provide assistance to ensure all professional staff is appropriately credentialed, certified and/or licensed within the context and requirements set forth by laws, policies, and related regulatory organizations.

Provide options for management training as demand requires.

OSHA Reporting & Compliance. Consult with managers and staff as to safety policy and processes, assumes a role on accident review committee(s).

Occupational Health Administration to include pre-hire, post-hire, and accident appointments.

Coordinate Annual TB testing for all employees.

Ensure all employees are in compliance with insurance policies.

Perform background checks on all new hires.

Develop job descriptions.

Keep all mandatory legal postings up-to-date in break rooms quarterly.

Enter data into medical and training records databases and monitor recordkeeping systems.

May assist with relocation process for new employees.

May process bi-weekly payroll and all related activities.

May process end of the year payroll reporting and W-2’s.

Perform related duties or special projects as required and assigned. Job duties and requirements may be changed as needed to meet current and future business needs.

Supervision and Responsibility

Reports to the Chief Financial Officer, but typically requires little direct oversight.

Does not supervise anyone, but may serve as group or team leader.

May assist with training new employees.

Knowledgeable about variety of the field’s concepts, practices and procedures.

Relies on pre-established guidelines and experience to plan and accomplish goals.

Exercises judgment to make recommendations for improvement.

May represent organization at personnel-related hearings and investigations.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree in a subject area directly related to or in Human Resources is required.

Certification preferred.

A minimum of five years of Human Resources Generalist or higher experience is required.

A combination of education, certification and experience may be considered.

Must be excellent in communicating, possess strong written and verbal communications, organizational skills and have the ability to work independently in a dynamic environment, meet deadlines, multitask, prioritize, and interact fluently and effectively with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds.

Must be able to use common computer programs.

Should have previous experience performing as a change agent with an emphasis on aligning company practice and future growth with the company’s mission and values.

Other requirements and working conditions

Weekend, holiday and night work may be necessary, but regular work schedule is 5 days per week, Monday – Friday and 8 hours per day.

Normally exempt but may be non-exempt.

Participation in a medical monitoring and surveillance program is required. Hepatitis B is offered but not required. Other inoculations or testing is required.

Safety training will be provided.

Send cover letter, salary requirement and resume to:  careers@chimphaven.org  or fax resume to Human Resources Department @ 318-925-5600. Chimp Haven is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Internships:

1. Chimpanzee Care Giver Internship

Internship Available: Animal Care – Husbandry Internship
Date Posted: Open throughout the year

Internship Description: Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for three individuals interested in the behavioral or biological sciences to learn and participate in the care of captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. This internship is designed for those individuals wishing to gain experience with chimpanzees and will focus on their basic needs such as diet, sanitation, socialization, enrichment, and security. Through the experience, interns will gain knowledge of chimpanzee behavior and animal care.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send transcripts (for students), two letters of recommendation, resume, and a cover letter which details your interests. All internships will be competitive. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. A general understanding and concern for the well being of animals is required. Coursework in primatology, biology, or animal behavior is preferred but not required. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required. Must be over 18 to apply.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available. Personal vehicle is required.

Internship Term: Full time, 40 hours per week, available time frames throughout the year. Please request time frame in cover letter. Minimum eight week commitment.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but to be considered for a Summer 2015 internship, please have your applications in by March 13, 2015. Please send application materials to: ktaylor@chimphaven.org or the address above.

2. Internship Available: Chimpanzee Behavior – Behavior Department Internship

Internship Description: Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for students in the behavioral or biological sciences to study captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. Interns will be introduced to chimpanzee behavior and behavioral data collection, as well as being introduced to environmental enrichment methods and practical application. Other opportunities may include data entry and summarization, learning how to conduct literature reviews and preliminary analysis.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume, and a cover letter which details research interests, dates you are available, why you are interested in this internship and any other qualifications. All internships will be competitive. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Coursework in primatology, biology, or animal behavior is preferred but not required. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required, must be 18 years old to be considered.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship. Personal vehicle is required.

Internship Term: Full time, 40 hours per week, please request dates in cover letter. Minimum 6 week commitment, 8 weeks preferred.

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but to be considered for a Summer 2015 internship, please have your applications in by March 13, 2015. Please send application materials to: afultz@chimphaven.org or the address above.

3. Internship Available: Behavior Department – Environmental Enrichment Internship

Internship Description: Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for interns to participate in an environmental enrichment program for captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment. Interns will be introduced to chimpanzee behavior, as well as environmental enrichment methods and practical application. Opportunities will be provided to learn to prepare enrichment items and clean enrichment devices. Additional opportunities may involve researching, suggesting, constructing, and assisting in implementing new enrichment ideas as well. Opportunities may become available for data collection on the efficacy of enrichment.

Qualifications/Experience: Please send a resume and cover letter detailing why you are interested in this internship, your requested dates, and any other qualifications you may have. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required and applicants must be over 18 years old.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship. Personal vehicle is required.

Internship Term: 20 – 40 hours per week, year-round, please request dates in cover letter. Minimum 6 week commitment is required.

Application Deadline: Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but to be considered for a Summer 2015 internship, please have your applications in by March 13, 2015. Please send application materials to: afultz@chimphaven.org or the address above.

4. Education Internship

 Internship Description: Chimp Haven Inc. will provide a unique experience to students in biology or education to practice interpretation skills in informal environmental education. Interns will experience and practice interpretation in a variety of settings such as public events, summer camps, and community outreach events. Interns will also have an opportunity to develop curricula and activities for future programs. 

Qualifications/Experience: Please send transcripts, two letters of recommendation, resume and a cover letter which details informal education or public speaking experience, days/dates you are available, why you are interested in this internship and any other qualifications. All internships will be competitive. Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. Coursework in education, biology, or another science field is preferred but not required. Proof of a negative TB test and Tetanus vaccination is required, must be 18 years old to be considered. This position will work with children so a background check is required.

 Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend. Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship. Personal vehicle is required.

 Internship Term: part-time, 20-40 hours per week, available year round depending on program needs. Please request time frame in cover letter. Minimum eight week commitment. 

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but to be considered for a Spring 2015 internship, please have your applications in by February 20, 2015. For a Summer 2015 internship, please turn in applications by April 3, 2015. Please send application materials to: afalcetto@chimphaven.org or the address above.

5.  Internship Available: Chimp Haven Veterinary Medicine Intern Program

Internship Description:  Chimp Haven, Inc. will provide a unique opportunity for both veterinary and veterinary technical students in their third or final clinical year to participate in the medical care of captive chimpanzees in a sanctuary environment.  Interns will have a chance to participate in the veterinary medical care of an aging captive population of chimpanzees and the management of an AAALAC internationally accredited, USDA licensed sanctuary.  Opportunities will include performance of daily rounds, participation in sedations (knowledge of captive restraint procedures), annual physical examinations including cardiac monitoring (ECG and NIBP), tuberculosis testing, blood collection for CBC/chemistry analysis, rectal cultures and evaluation of diagnostic tests.   Training would include exposure to the physiology, natural history and behavior of chimpanzees in captive as well as wild populations.  In addition, the intern would be expected to participate in the Occupational Health and Safety Training Program including working safely with chimpanzees, blood borne pathogens, and zoonotic diseases.  The intern would be introduced to environmental enrichment methods, medical procedural training and practical application for these.  Other duties may include conducting literature reviews and treatment plans for clinical cases as they present.

Qualifications/Experience:  Please submit transcripts, one letter of interest, and two letters of reference, one from a veterinary faculty member at your institution. All internships will be competitive.

Requirements:  Requirements for internship are a current Tetanus vaccination and negative tuberculosis screening (TB negative skin test or physician’s letter) within 6 months of visit to the sanctuary.   It is highly recommended that the intern be vaccinated for Hepatitis A and B.

Internship Term: Full time, 35 hours per week, January-October.  Please request dates in letter of interest.   Minimum 4 week commitment.

Salary/funding: The internship is on a volunteer basis and provides no stipend.  Housing may be available on site for the term of the internship.  Alternative housing options will be suggested.  Personal vehicle is required.

Evaluation:  After completion of the term, we ask for a written brief narrative evaluation of the experience to address the time spent within the various areas, the value of each, suggestions for change, and any other comments.  The program evaluation will serve to improve the training program for others in the future.

At the intern’s request, we will provide a brief letter regarding attendance and evaluation for use by the academic institution. Institutions with special grading criteria should submit these requirements at time of application.

Please send application materials to rjackson@chimphaven.org or to:
Chimp Haven
Attn: Human Resources
13600 Chimpanzee Place
Keithville, LA 71047