Research Assistant I - Audience Research (Seasonal)

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Deadline to Apply:

Monday, February 20, 2017, 12:00am


Brookfield, IL
United States

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You will demonstrate your strong social and communication skills to interact with guests gathering guest data through interviews, surveys, and/or observations in connection with one or more research projects. You will utilize your strong computer skills as well as your attention to detail and accurate while performing data entry of quantitative and/or qualitative data from completed surveys, interviews, and/or observations into statistical and/or word processing programs. You will also assist with logistics such as photocopying, distributing, collecting, and filing survey instruments for one or more research projects; assist with data analysis, data graphing, and/or tabulation when needed; may occasionally prepare draft reports.

Since Brookfield Zoo opened its doors to the public in 1934, the Chicago Zoological Society has had a legacy of educating the public about environmental conservation. The Conservation, Education and Training (CET) staff at Brookfield Zoo is continuing the tradition by incorporating an innovative learning strategy to create a variety of programs for students, parents, teachers, and other community conservationists.

As Brookfield Zoo is open 365 days a year, this position highly prefers flexible availability to work any 5 days out of any 7 days each week with work shifts that are generally during the hours that Brookfield Zoo is open. From Memorial Day – Labor Day we are open 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. daily (Sundays until 7:30 p.m.). After Labor Day until Memorial Day the weekend weekdays hours vary from 9:30/10:00 a.m. – 5:00/6:00 p.m. During special events, the Zoo may be open until 9:00/10:00 p.m. This position may require occasional flexibility to work holidays and weekends.

The requirements for this position include:

  • Minimum two years relevant college coursework towards a Bachelor's degree in psychology or other social science or directly relevant field/coursework required. Other possible subject areas include education (especially biology and environmental education), communications, marketing or audience research, and museum studies. Graduate level courses are a plus, but not required.
  • Strong social skills and the ability to interact effectively with strangers essential; excellent verbal and written communication skills are required.
  • Experience conducting interviews and/or interacting with the public is desirable, including both adults and children.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and accuracy required.
  • Strong computer skills required, with experience in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access. Some basic understanding of program evaluation or statistics preferred.
  • Experience and/or ability to work and interact effectively with a diverse, multicultural audience. Multilingual ability and Spanish fluency a plus. 

How to Apply:

This requisition is for a position with an anticipated start date in May 2017.  Please continue to visit our website at for similar and other opportunities.  Deadline for application submission is February 20, 2017. 

The Chicago Zoological Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer / Affirmative Action Employer – Minorities / Women / Veterans / Disabled.

If interested in being considered for this opportunity, please visit the CZS Career Center to obtain more details about the position and to apply by submitting your profile.  Please visit our website at  Please look for requisition number 1303BR.