The Research Assistant performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Global’s mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for wildlife and leading the fight against extinction. The Research Assistant assists with the gathering and analysis of research data from the laboratory or the field; and attends to the care of research collections of animals, plants, or biological samples. This position reports to Division Manager at the San Diego Zoo Institute For Conservation Research.
Performs laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, and/or field duties
Collects, collates, maintains, processes, and analyzes biological samples
Prepares, arranges, and maintains records for sample and/or animal shipments
Collects and records data utilizing spreadsheet and database systems
Documents, files, and maintains records
Maintains supply inventories and prepares purchase requisitions
Assists with repairs and maintenance of equipment and supplies
Learns and masters project or program processes
Adheres to all SDZG and department policies and practices
Practices GRREAT Customer Service Standards
Based on the assignment, performs laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, and/or field duties
May train and oversee volunteers under the supervision of a Research Associate or higher level staff
Performs related duties and responsibilities as required
Coursework in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field or equivalent specialized training; bachelor’s degree in biological sciences is preferred; experience and/or certification in conducting laboratory or field-based research is desirable; some positions may require a valid California driver license.
Methods and equipment used in the assigned area of biological research, animal care, or diagnostics
Communicate effectively (verbal and written)
Attend to the needs of assigned research collections
Learn data and sample gathering techniques
Work effectively with others in a diverse environment
Some assignments involve working outdoors with wild animals in varying weather conditions; possible exposure to zoonotic diseases, radiation, and potentially hazardous chemicals and materials; and working with sharp instruments.
Some assignments require the ability to move moderately heavy objects approximately 25-40 pounds; travel maybe required.