ANZ 3100 Animal Training and Enrichment Teaching Assistant

Job title: ANZ 3100 Animal Training and Enrichment Teaching Assistant
Position type: Part-time
Pay rate and length: $11/hr. One Semester Spring 2023

Reports to: April Piazza-Shelp, Bryan Cushing
Department name and location: Anthrozoology, ANZ Lab 2

Position overview:
The qualifying candidate will be knowledgeable concerning theories guiding contemporary practices in behavioral husbandry and diversity of enrichment practices. Applications of theory will be examined as it pertains to the development of modern animal training programs.

Primary functions:
The teaching assistant will help regulate and orient the classroom at the direction of the instructor, will be called to at times aid in assessment of students within the classroom setting, and will play an active role in practicals. TA’s goal will be to mitigate frustration, anxiety, or harm especially on the animals’ behalf when working with new trainers and ultimately facilitate benevolent relationships.

Responsibilities and duties:
TA must attend each session of lecture as outlined on the course syllabus, unless excused by the instructor. If they cannot, they should advise the instructor. TA is expected to set a schedule and be available within reason to help tutor and/or provide group study sessions for students working on assignments outside of class. TA may be needed to set up the classroom for the instructor at times. TA may need to take time out of their own schedules to establish or refresh training relationships and demonstrate care toward the lab collection of animals.

TA will have already taken Animal Training and Enrichment and passed with a grade no less than a B average. Student must demonstrate appropriate tone and set boundaries for and with students. TA must have a good working relationship with present animal collection and operant and classical conditioning methods and terminology.

The employee may be asked to perform duties not listed in the job description but which are considered to be essential to the employment position.

Job Category: Student Worker

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