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 fledging 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 native Hawaiian birds undergoing rehabilitation
- Perform general rehabilitation procedures such as avian gavage and other basic husbandry techniques
- Data entry and proofing
- 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 four 10 hour 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.
Please be aware prior to applying that the cost of living is high on Kaua‘i and the rental market can be sparse. We encourage all off-island applicants to do their research prior to applying to see if they are truly able and willing to move to the island. Technicians are responsible for their own transportation to and from work. However, the selected candidates will be introduced via email so they will be able to work together to find shared housing if they so choose. It is also important to note technicians will not accrue paid time off during their employment period. Due to the workload of the season and the short employment time, SOS is not able to offer unpaid leave unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
- 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 essential. MUST 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.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to follow established protocols.
- Must be able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds.
- 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, supportive 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 30th, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please write ‘Technician Position’ in the subject line.