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Animal Endocrinology Research Associate Based at Disney’s Animal Kingdom®

New College of FL / Disney
Job Field:
Job Type:
Full Time
Location Detail:
Lake Buena Vista
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. 

• Analyze data and present animal hormone and behavior information to science and animal husbandry and health partners to help with animal management decisions. 

• Maintain Disney’s standard operating guidelines for lab safety and provide daily technical support for maintenance of assays and equipment in the Disney Science Center Lab.  

• Assist in the training of partner science and animal husbandry team members on endocrine processes and projects. 

• Share animal physiology results at Disney’s staff seminars, and in scientific journals, conference presentations, and popular publications. 

• Assist in the development of interactive and interpretive experiences with Disney’s scientific and educational staff.  

• Participate in guest interactions and tours sharing Disney’s animal care and welfare and conservation messages. 

• Work in close association with other members of the Science Operations Team. 

Term: Three-year appointment (with 6-month initial probationary period) beginning as soon as possible as an independent contractor. This position is an Animal Endocrinology Research Associate 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 

How to Apply:

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