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Avian Husbandry Opportunity – San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Captive Breeding Program


San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research


San Clemente Island, California


United States

Last Date to Apply:

30 Nov 2017


Start Date: Two 6 month volunteer positions available starting December 2017


This position is with the San Diego Zoo’s San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Captive Breeding Program (Shrike Project) on San Clemente Island. The San Clemente loggerhead shrike is a critically endangered songbird found only on San Clemente Island and was once North America’s most endangered songbird. The island is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy and they have been guiding and funding the recovery of this species for more than twenty years. The San Diego Zoo’s Shrike Project manages the captive breeding component of the Shrike Recovery Program, and participants will have the opportunity to be involved first hand with the recovery of a federally listed endangered species while also gaining animal care experience.


The Navy provides room and board while on the island, and transportation to and from the island at the beginning and end of the workweek from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. Program participants will have the choice to fly off the island for their days off or remain on the island. Participants on the Shrike Project provide essential assistance to both facility and program operations. The primary responsibilities consist of daily bird husbandry and facility projects.


Under direct supervision of animal care staff the participant, will:
· Learn basic avian husbandry procedures including daily cleaning, feeding, and preparation of diets
· Learn proper capture and restraint techniques
· Observe birds for health concerns and breeding behaviors
· Provide scheduled enrichment and develop new enrichment techniques/ideas
· Assist with medical procedures
· Learn basic medical care and assist with treatments
· Maintain exhibits
· Collect nesting material, observe breeding pairs, follow specific breeding protocols, learn about artificial incubation and hand rearing of chicks (breeding season only)


In addition to the hands-on training received on a daily basis, all participants will have access to the San Diego Zoo’s MyAcademy online classes. Topics include Animal Care, Behavior, Conservation, Safety and much more. This is a full-time, 6 month position. Participants will receive a $20/day stipend in addition to the free room and board while on the island.


Applicants must:
· Be at least 21 years old, have a valid driver's license and good driving record, and have health insurance
· Have a Bachelor’s degree in a biology related field
· Display enthusiasm for working in avian husbandry and conservation, have previous animal handling experience, and be comfortable working on a remote island/field site that is only accessible by plane
· Maintain high standards of excellence, teamwork, and project completion
· Be detail oriented, have good interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to work effectively with colleagues
· Be able to respectfully share living space with others, and be comfortable in a communal living arrangement on a remote island


To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to Jaelean Carrero at jcarrero@sandiegozoo.org by 30Nov17.