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. Development & Communications Associate

Open: 1/5/2015

Closed: When filled

Job Classification

Shift:  Normally days, including some weekends.

FLSA: Non-exempt

Risk Level: 1

Under the general direction of the Chief Development Officer, this person joins a team responsible for raising funds and promoting the mission, vision, and brand of the organization through special events, media, publications and web/electronic communications.

The successful candidate will be highly organized and enjoy behind-the-scenes work in support of Chimp Haven.  It offers the opportunity to become deeply engaged with fundamental processes of organizational development. It is a great career-enhancing opportunity for someone who is interested in learning more about nonprofit development and communications and who aspires to one day become a leader in this field.

Special Events

  • In conjunction with the Education Department, coordinate and implement our seven yearly Chimpanzee Discovery Days (only days which the sanctuary is open to the public), with two of these seven days being larger festivals
  • Coordinate and implement other special events for the organization as needed
  • Create promotional materials for events such as sponsorship packets
  • Solicit sponsorships for events
  • Maintain relationships with event sponsors and donors
  • Maximize technology, fundraising systems, and new marketing initiatives to achieve event growth
  • Serve as primary point of contact for event participants, vendors, sponsors and donors
  • Research and negotiate pricing on event supplies and prizes, as well as establishing the prize levels
  • Complete wrap-up including thank you letters and follow-up mailings to volunteers and sponsors
  • Ensure all events are mission and relationship focused
  • Ensure all timelines and print deadlines are met
  • Market, promote and develop community support for events
  • Assist with establishing budgets for events and set goals for reaching revenue
  • Track and report budget, revenue, attendance and other metrics related to events to determine their effectiveness and set goals for growth
  • Assist with recruitment and coordination of volunteers

Communications

  • Maintain social media presence by posting on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube; and respond to inquiries received through these channels
  • Regularly engage followers and actively recruit additional followers
  • Send e-blasts through Constant Contact and maintain that mailing list
  • Develop and/or utilize a system for cataloguing media hits as well as archiving media stories
  • Analyze quantitative and qualitative data to determine effectiveness of communication strategies
  • Provide graphic design as needed
  • Oversee some routine website maintenance and updates
  • Develop and maintain microsites

Administrative

  • Coordinate mailing projects by working directly with printer/direct mail vendors
  • Oversee the ordering of business cards for staff and board of directors
  • Assist with merchandise inventory and ordering
  • Assist with fulfilling annual fund perks
  • Serve as backup for gift processing when necessary
  • Develop an electronic photo library of all resident chimpanzees

Required Experience & Qualifications

  • 2-3 years in a similar role with experience in event management and knowledge of nonprofit communications practices
  • Extremely detail oriented and comfortable developing and working with project plans/timelines
  • Highly organized and thorough
  • Ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at one time
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Flexible and able to work effectively under pressure and deadlines
  • Excellent oral and written communications skills
  • Proficient knowledge in social media use and practices
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite

Preferred Experience & Qualifications:

  • Experience with InDesign, Photoshop, Publisher, or transferable skills from other graphic design programs
  • Previous experience in the nonprofit field
  • Experience working with website content management systems such as WordPress or similar
  • Experience with Constant Contact
  • Experience with Raiser’s Edge database

Education

Bachelor’s Degree preferred, but experience in the desired areas will be considered.

To Apply

Send resume and a thoughtful cover letter highlighting your work experience as it directly relates to this position, tell us why you’d like to work at Chimp Haven, and include your salary requirements to careers@chimphaven.org.

2. 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

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

Education Preferred:  A bachelor’s degree in related field preferred

Experience and skills required:  Nine years veterinary technician experience required.  Five years experience working with nonhuman primates required.

Experience and skills preferred:   Two years 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.

3. Maintenance Specialist

Open: 01/15/2015               

Closed: When filled

Job Classification

Title Class: Maintenance Specialist

Descriptive Title:  Maintenance Specialist, Maintenance worker

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

FLSA: Non-exempt

Risk Level: 3

Primary Function

Provide maintenance, repair and improvement of facilities, grounds, structures and utilities.  Most duties performed under general supervision.

Duties and Responsibilities

Perform specialized maintenance, landscaping or construction duties.

Understand the procedures and safety measures in area of specialization.

Perform routine preventive maintenance according to procedures to ensure that equipment runs smoothly, building systems operate efficiently, and the physical condition of buildings does not deteriorate.

Fabricate, repair or clean drives, motors and belts; check fluid levels, replace filters and perform other maintenance actions.

May assemble, install and repair electrical or plumbing systems.

Diagnose and repair machine malfunctions.

Assist with building, repairing, and painting climbing structures, roofs, windows, doors, floors, woodwork, plaster, drywall, counters, benches, partitions and other wooden structures such as sheds and outbuildings.

Operate cutting torches and welding equipment.

Clean and organize work areas.

May trim and prune trees and clear undergrowth; care for established landscaping by mowing, watering, edging, mulching, aerating, weeding, and trimming; plant seeds, bulbs and plants; maintain flower beds.

Use fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and other pesticides using hand or automatic sprayers or spreaders under direction of supervisor.

Use tools ranging from common hand and power tools to precisions measuring instruments and electrical testing devices.

May serve as team leader.

Assist with training new employees, and may supervise volunteers.

Complete daily work orders and job assignments.

Operate vehicles and power equipment, such as mowers, tractors, turf cart, and van.

Keep a list of supplies needed for upcoming jobs.

Keep up with quarterly PM on all H,V,A/C and equipment.

Communicate with animal care.

Maintain Discovery Day area for daily tours and weekend open house days.

Supervision and Responsibility

Works under general supervision of maintenance manager. Does not normally supervise anyone, but may serve as team leader.  Assists with training new employees.  May supervise volunteers.  Knowledgeable about area of specialization, including concepts, practices and procedures.  Relies on pre-established guidelines and experience to plan and accomplish goals.  Exercises judgment to make recommendations for improvement.

Education and Experience Required

Associates degree or certification in area of specialization required.  Six years maintenance experience required.  A combination of eight years education and/or experience can be substituted for above requirements. Must be able to read and follow written and verbal instructions and write legibly and accurately.

Education Preferred: Waste water certification

Experience and skills required:

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

Building Maintenance, Welding & Fabricating, carpentry

Strong communication skills

Experience and skills preferred:  Waste water experience, leadership skills, H, V,A/C experience

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.

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.


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 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 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. P

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted year round, but to be considered for a Spring 2015 internship, please have your applications in by February 2, 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