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  1. Requirements include: This position is for the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Captive Breeding Program, a project funded by the U.S. Navy, and located on the Navy's training base on San Clemente Island. Room and board is provided by the U.S. Navy for the five day work week on the island. The U.S. Navy also provides transportation to and from the island at the beginning and end of the work week, from Naval Air Station North Island. Applicants must be available to work any of the seven days of the week. The San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike is a federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits. Thus, all successful applicants will have at least a BS or BA in the natural sciences, or equivalent vocational experience in animal management (2 years vocational experience = 1 year of higher education) Successful applicants will have knowledge/experience in avian husbandry, which may include, natural history, artificial incubation of eggs, chick hand-rearing, bird handling, routine veterinary care, diet preparation, aviary maintenance and design, enrichment, and bird behavior. Additional experience in field techniques and wildlife management, as well as formal behavioral observation and focal sampling methodologies (e.g., all occurrence, instantaneous and 1/0 sampling) with birds or mammals is valuable. Desirable qualifications include the ability to provide light general maintenance in exhibit areas and at the facility. Qualified applicants will have basic computer experience with word processing and spreadsheet programs (e.g., MS Word and Excel). Must be familiar with detailed record keeping and ability to keep clear and accurate notes using such programs. Previous experience with MS Access Databases both data entry and programming, is preferred but not required. The ability to work cooperatively with all members of the Shrike Recovery Program including U.S. Navy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies is essential. Selected candidates may be required to spend nights at the captive propagation facility when sick, injured birds, and young chicks are present. Must be able to work outside under various weather conditions and have a valid California driver license. Hours scheduled will be approximately 40 hrs/wk. For more information and to apply: www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs. Deadline to apply Sunday, October 21, 2018. Pacific Time. Salary Starting hourly rate: $16.56 How to Apply Please apply directly to our career website at www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs
  2. VOLUNTEER AVICULTURE TECHNICIAN - needed for 6+ months to assist in an ongoing conservation program of the critically endangered Mariana Crow on the island of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. The position starts early to mid-December. Responsibilities include regular husbandry duties such as diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, and aviary and facility maintenance. Volunteers are also responsible for collecting native food items for crows and conducting regular behavioral observations to ensure they are gaining the skills needed to succeed in the wild (release is planned for September 2019). Applicants should be physically fit, self-motivated, enthusiastic, enjoy working and living with others in close quarters, and have a good sense of humor. Those applicants with experience in avian husbandry and carpentry will be given priority. Benefits include round-trip airfare to Rota (reimbursed), housing plus utilities, shared vehicles, and $800/mo. To apply, e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for at least 3 references to Phil Hannon (phannon@sandiegozoo.org). Please combine all application materials in one PDF or Word document and include your full name in the title of the document. Please indicate your preferred length of commitment in your cover letter (4 months minimum, longer commitment preferred). http://institute.sandiegozoo.org/species/aga https://www.facebook.com/MarianaCrowRecoveryProject/
  3. Two 6-month volunteer positions available starting June 2018 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 26Mar18.
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