Employment Opportunities

Curator, Living Animal Collections

Partial list of job responsibilities

  • Develop the institutional animal collection plan (ICP), together with Director, Director of Operations & Administration and Animal Welfare Committee.
  • Determine and oversee the annual breeding and transfer plan, in conjunction with both ICP goals and the Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group regional collection plan and Species Survival Plan (SSP) goals and recommendation.
  • Plan on-site animal moves relating to seasonal needs, changing colony composition, research needs, education activities and animal welfare.
  • Plan group/species composition and management in the DLC’s 9 free-range natural forest habitats.
  • Work with Primate Technician Supervisor to oversee animal technician staff, helping to coordinate animal moves and introductions on-site, and to respond to issues in group social interactions.
  • Supervise the Registrar and work closely with the Data Manager to insure excellent record-keeping for animals on-site and out on loan.
  • Working with the Animal Welfare Committee, develop new animal husbandry and management protocols as needed.
  • Assist the Director of Operations & Administration with facilities development and maintenance, planning for emergencies, and staff policies, development and evaluation.
  • With the Director of Operations and & Administration, lead the process to maintain and renew the DLC’s certification as a related facility in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA).
  • Assist Development Officer with fundraising efforts and proposals.
  • Contribute to scientific grant proposals at request of Director and other senior staff.
  • Promote a spirit of teamwork, professionalism and enthusiasm among DLC staff.

Experience requirements

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience with primate care and management or equivalent experience.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in animal collection management or equivalent experience.
  • Experience with exotic species management in a research environment.
  • Experience collaborating with AZA program (Taxon Advisory Groups, SSPs)


Learn more and apply online by searching for Requisition #401240437 on the Duke University careers website.

Cashier/Customer Associate, Education Dept.


We envision someone with a love of animals and the sciences; an efficient yet curious and creative nature; and a naturally warm personality. Our ideal candidate will provide exceptional service in all aspects of the sales floor: answering phones, directing visitors, registering tour guests, operating the cash register, restocking, styling, and overall shop keeping. This position will consist of 20-29 hours per week. To be considered, applicants must be willing to work regular weekend hours, as well as some holidays.

Primary duties and responsibilities: 

  • Serve as primary phone receptionist and front desk greeter
  • Schedule tours for the general public
  • Demonstrate extraordinary customer service – this position will relate to customers, volunteers, interns, and students from various backgrounds and of various ages
  • Serve as primary cashier for tours and gift shop transactions
  • Oversee the straightening and restocking of the gift shop
  • Assist with merchandise displays, marketing, and other tasks as needed
  • Assist with special events and fundraisers as needed

Skills required:

  • Self-awareness and focus on self-development
  • Computer competency, including efficient use of Google Spreadsheets
  • Good telephone techniques and the ability to handle multiple calls
  • Strong verbal communication skills

Education and experience:

  • Work requires a minimum 6 months experience in retail sales and customer service.
  • An interest in primate behavior and biology, environmental education, conservation, or a similar field is strongly encouraged.
  • Work requires knowledge of basic mathematical and clerical principles generally acquired through a high school education.


Learn more and apply online by searching for Requisition #401241493 on the Duke University careers website.

Staff Assistant, Business Dept.

Partial list of job responsibilities 

  • Assist the Business Manager with general financial matters associated with the daily operations of the Duke Lemur Center.
  • Prepare the monthly receipts received on the Madagascar Bank Account in the necessary format for general ledger processing.
  • Serve as a TRaC (Travel and Corporate Card) representative for the Center, monitoring; informing and assisting staff on any issues to ensure that they are compliant with the required transaction positing deadlines.
  • Process as requested AP Check Requests and Purchase Orders as needed for the general operations of the Center.
  • Assist the various Center departments (Veterinary, Animal, Education, and Curator) with questions around on-line expense reports or purchase orders.
  • Assist the Business Manager with management and reports for the Center’s various grant funds.
  • Assist the Business Manager with preparing research billings of the Center when needed.
  • Part-time position.

Experience requirements

Work generally requires two years of clerical or research experience to acquire skills in administrative or project research responsibilities as well as accepted office organization, communications and research practices. A bachelor’s degree in a field of study directly related to the specific position may be substituted for the education and experience requirement.


Learn more and apply online by searching for Requisition #401230137 on the Duke University careers website.









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