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  • Avian Technician

    • Employer: Save Our Shearwaters
      Location: Kauai, Hawaii
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/07/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    The Kaua‘i Humane Society, through its Save Our Shearwaters program, seeks 4 seasonal avian technicians to assist in a fledgling seabird recovery project. Technicians will pick-up, band, release, and help to rehabilitate fledgling seabirds on the island of Kaua‘i. The primary species recovered in this project include the Newell’s Shearwater, the Hawaiian Petrel, and the Band-rumped Storm-Petrel, all state and federally listed seabirds.

    The seabirds noted above suffer from light attraction when fledgling out to sea; a technician’s primary duty is to patrol island-wide seabird aid stations provided for Kaua‘i’s numerous bird rescuers. Duties also include, but will not be limited to the following:

    • Assess each rescued seabird for banding and release and recognize a compromised individual
    • Monitor and record behavioral observations upon release
    • Transport compromised seabirds to the Kaua’i Humane Society’s rehabilitation facility
    • Assist in the husbandry of individuals undergoing rehabilitation
    • Perform general rehabilitation procedures such as avian gavage and other basic husbandry techniques
    • Data entry
    • Perform public outreach while in the field

    The positions will start in early September and finish mid to late December. A typical work week will consist of 5 days with variable scheduled shifts occurring days, evenings, weekends and holidays. Housing is not provided, and the technician will be responsible for his/her transportation to and from Kaua‘i. Field vehicles will be provided for use during the work day.

    Required qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife biology or other related field preferably with at least one year of comparable experience.
    • Hands-on bird handling and banding experience is essentialMUST be comfortable with handling birds.
    • Valid driver’s license and a good driving record.
    • Proficiency with data entry.
    • Attention to detail is essential.
    • Must be flexible and capable of working independently and as part of a team.
    • Ability to follow established protocols.
    • Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.

    Preferred qualifications:

    • Seabird banding and handling experience. 
    • Experience observing native Hawaiian seabirds or comparable species
    • Bird rehabilitation experience (preferably with water birds and seabirds).
    • Prior experience working with endangered species.

    Pay Rate:  $16.00/hr

    This position provides a unique way to become familiar with the entire island of Kaua‘i. Participants have an opportunity to potentially see and handle every species of common-nesting seabirds on Kaua‘i in addition to migratory species that pass through the Hawaiian Islands. This position requires individuals that will keep a positive attitude even when performing some of the more mundane chores that the program requires on a daily basis such as cage cleaning and laundry.

    Please email resume with cover letter (including prior banding experience) and 3 references in one document before June 7th 2019 to saveourshearwaterskauai@gmail.com. Please write ‘Technician Position’ in the subject line.

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