Summer 2017 Research Assistant Position: Asian elephant personality and cognition

Locations: National Zoo (D.C.) and Oklahoma City Zoo (Oklahoma City, OK)

Position Dates: end of May to mid-July (National Zoo); mid-July to end of

September (Oklahoma City Zoo)

Stipend: Unpaid at this time.


=C2=B7       Assist with planning and carrying out behavioral experiments with

captive Asian elephants at the National Zoo and/or Oklahoma City Zoo (exact

dates to be determined–approximately 7 days per week, end of May to


=C2=B7       Extract data from video-recorded experimental trials.

*Qualities Required of Applicants:*

=C2=B7       Interest in animal behavior, animal cognition, and conservation


=C2=B7       GPA of at least 3.0

=C2=B7       Provide own accommodation and transportation to/from zoo.

=C2=B7       Animal research experience (preferably research experience with


=C2=B7       Experience interacting with zoo guests (preferably in communicating


=C2=B7       Dedication to the project. Flexibility in work schedule. Eagerness

to take initiative.

=C2=B7       Ability to work well with others and independently and maintain a

positive attitude.

=C2=B7       Organization skills and proficiency in use of Microsoft Office.


=C2=B7       Successful assistants can use this experience on their CV/resume

and request letters of recommendation.

=C2=B7       Hands-on research and education experience.

=C2=B7       Professional development opportunities.

*To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit the

following to **Lisa Barrett (*** <>*) as

soon as possible (no later than 4/30/17):*

            1) Cover letter or letter of interest

            2) CV or Resume

            3) 3 professional references (name and contact information)