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    The Peregrine Fund
    • Employer: The Peregrine Fund
      Location: Marble Canyon, Arizona
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/25/2022
      Open Until Filled: No

    JOB TITLE: Condor Program Biologist

    BASED: Marble Canyon, Arizona


    Conserving Birds of Prey Worldwide


    The Peregrine Fund protects the earth’s 559 species of raptors, partnering with local people on five continents to inspire action and preserve essential habitat. Support comes from donors, corporations, and government grants. We were founded in 1970 to rescue the Peregrine Falcon from extinction by pioneering ways to breed and release them across North America. With that historic success, our mission grew to encompass all raptor species worldwide. Today we: 

    Restore critically endangered species

    Research little-known species

    Train and support students

    Engage all ages with environmental education

    Conserve habitat


    Our employee benefits program plays a vital role in demonstrating our commitment to our employees. We are pleased to offer eligible employees a benefits program that is comprehensive and among the best among our peer institutions, including a 403(b) retirement program as well as health, dental, vision, life and long-term disability insurance.

    The Peregrine Fund is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    The successful applicant will be required to complete a background screening before final offer of employment is made.



    The Condor Program Biologist works at our California Condor release site in northern Arizona. For background information on the California Condor program, interested candidates should visit The Peregrine Fund's California Condor web page or Condorcliffs on Facebook. The success of the California condor release effort depends greatly on the dedication of our field biologists; only serious, highly motivated individuals are selected. New team members can expect a year-long introductory period including a six-month evaluation followed by annual evaluations after being promoted beyond the introductory period. 

    This is not a desk job. Applicants must be highly energetic and willing to work long days while maintaining a positive attitude. Full-time positions start at <Arizona Minimum> wage based on 26 bi-weekly pay periods. Housing is provided.



    As a member of the team, the duties of the Condor Program Biologist include monitoring the movements of free-flying condors using radio telemetry and taking detailed behavioral notes.



    Track condor movements using radio telemetry

    Record daily observations of condor movements and behaviors

    Observe young condors through a spotting scope for many consecutive hours

    Hike through the rugged landscape of the Vermilion Cliffs to haze condors

    Drive 4WD trucks and ATV’s over rugged terrain and occasionally snowmobiles

    Land navigation using GPS, compass and maps

    Lift and carry weights of up to 50lbs

    Pick-up and transport calf carcasses from the dairy in Phoenix to the field office

    Eviscerate calf carcasses to provide supplemental food for the condors, occasionally at night

    Ability to hike several days, independently in the backcountry

    Camp independently away from field housing for up to 4 days at a time

    Take detailed notes on individual birds, flock and interspecies behavior  

    Daily data entry into multiple databases

    Trap, capture and restrain California Condors for medical procedures and transfers in a manner that is safe for both birds and team members  

    Provide immediate medical care as necessary and assist in medical procedures for raptors  

    Responsible for upkeep of project equipment, including vehicles, radios, optical, and computer equipment  

    Interact and share information on these charismatic birds with the general public  

    Live in a close personal proximity with other crew members

    Tolerate long days in often extreme weather conditions of weather heat or cold

    Other duties as assigned



    Undergraduate degree in biology or related field  

    Related fieldwork experience  

    Able to tolerate climate extremes 

    Able to carry heavy supplemental condor food and water, sometimes in the dark over rough terrain   

    Able to work independently in remote areas  

    Confident in operating standard 4WD trucks and ATV’s over remote back roads  

    Proficient in the maintenance and functionality of project equipment  

    Able to operate at a high level of independence and within a team is a must



    Graduate degree in biology or related field  

    Previous experience using telemetry, GPS units, and making behavioral observations and notes 



    The job requires long, sometimes strenuous days in the field. Employees can expect to work four days on, followed by three days off, per week. There will be occasions, however, where schedules may need to be adjusted based on programmatic and personnel needs. 


    Expect to work in one of the most beautiful areas in the southwestern United States, including Grand Canyon National Park, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument, Zion National Park and surrounding areas. The climate can vary from extremely hot in the summer months to brutally cold during parts of the winter. Based out of The Peregrine Fund’s central office near Marble Canyon, Arizona, field technicians will spend some days monitoring birds from blinds and living in a tent above the Vermilion Cliffs release site. Other days will be spent at nearby National Parks monitoring condors and sharing the condor’s story with the public and camping is a requirement.


    To apply - Send via email a single file attachment (PDF preferred) including a cover letter clearly stating the reasons for your interest in this position, your resume or CV, and contact information for 3 references to: employment@peregrinefund.org. Please include the job title you are applying for in the Subject line.

    Condor Program Biologist.pdf

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