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Animal Endocrinology Laboratory Technician Based at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

New College of Florida
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Job Description:

   “We make magic.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. At Disney, you’ll help inspire that magic by enabling our teams to push the limits of entertainment and create the never-before-seen! 
   Be a part of a transformative team and culture by working on a team on projects optimizing animal health, welfare and reproduction along with guest experience and messaging. 
   Major Duties and Responsibilities 

  •    Analyze hormones in a variety of exotic animal species to assess physiology such as pregnancy, effective contraception, and positive welfare as part of our animals’ comprehensive wellness program 
  • Present animal hormone and behavior information to science and animal husbandry and health partners to help with animal management decisions 
  • Share team projects and conservation stories with Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park Guests to inspire them to conserve species and their habitats 
  • Develop and update standard operating guidelines and provide technical support for maintenance of assays and equipment 
  • Maintain lab inventory, ensure hazardous waste compliance, prepare purchase orders, and assist with lab quality assurance tasks 
  • Train endocrinology professional interns 
  • Assist in the development of interactive, interpretive experiences in partnership with the scientific and education staff 
  • Work in close association with other members of the Science Operations Team 
  • Contribute findings for staff seminars, scientific journals, conference presentations, and popular publications 

   Term: Two year appointment (with 6 month initial probationary period) beginning as soon as January 2019 as an independent contractor. This position is a Laboratory Technician through New College of Florida based at Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando, FL. Applicant must be able to work in the United States. Employer will not pay fees associated with relocation or visa/work permit applications. 


   Required Qualifications: 

  • B.S. or M.S. in biology, zoology, animal science, endocrinology, biological chemistry, or related field 
  • Minimum of 1 year of non-classroom research laboratory experience in established scientific research program 
  • Excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills for both formal and informal audiences of all ages
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, team-oriented atmosphere, and in view of the public 
  • Enthusiasm for animal conservation and care in zoos 

   Preferred skills: 

  • Demonstrated experience with enzyme immunoassays, HPLC and associated data analysis 
  • Experience working in zoos/aquariums 
How to Apply:

   Email cover letter, resume, one letter of reference and the names and contact information for two additional references to: 
   Shana R. Lavin, Ph.D., Research Manager, Disney’s Animal Kingdom®