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  • KFBRP Avicultural Specialist

    Justin Hite
    • Employer: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project
      Location: Alakai Wilderness and Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/13/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    AVICULTURAL SPECIALIST needed for work with the Kaua’i Forest Bird Recovery
    Project. Position will last from late February until early July 2023. The project focuses on
    a critically endangered, endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the ‘akikiki. With only 45 birds left
    in the wild, we have determined that capturing them and transferring them to managed
    human care facilities is the best way to prevent the imminent extinction of the species.
    This position will be responsible for providing the highest standards of avian husbandry
    in supporting the health and well-being of the captive birds (adults, nestlings, and eggs)
    during capture and transfer to temporary facilities on Kaua’i and onwards to their
    eventual home on Maui. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4-5 mile hike to
    the main field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings.
    Applicants will camp in rustic conditions up to one week at a time, depending on
    frequency of bird captures, often in rainy and chilly weather. Daily field activities include
    nest searching and monitoring, mist-netting birds, and collecting eggs and chicks from
    nests. Daily activities at the temporary facility include cleaning, disinfecting and
    inspecting cages, incubators and other equipment; providing clean water and fresh food;
    operating machine incubators and rearing and hand-feeding chicks according to
    established guidelines; maintaining records; developing and updating protocols; and
    planning logistics.

    Specifically, the incumbent:
    • Develops and updates protocols for collecting, transporting, and caring for birds.
    • Prepares the field sites and Kauai-based bird facility to receive and care for
    collected birds and eggs, including setting up tents and cages.
    • Procures necessary equipment and supplies, tracks orders and ensures purchasing
    • Organizes and plans logistics for bird collections and extraction from the field
    (including scheduling helicopter logistics and personnel).
    • Makes travel arrangements and completes travel reports for staff accompanying
    collected birds.
    • Takes part in the capture of adult birds, collects and transports birds, eggs, and
    nestlings from nests to field and temporary facilities, and prepares them for
    onward travel to permanent facilities.
    • Attends to captive individual rare birds, eggs, and chicks in the field and at
    temporary facilities.
    • Provides emergency veterinary care to sick or injured captured birds in the field
    or at temporary facilities, including administration of oxygen or fluids.
    • Maintains accurate and timely records and helps compile field data and maps for
    planning and reports. 

    Applicants must:
    • have a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university with
    relevant courses in biology, zoology, or conservation
    • be physically fit, and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain using GPS,
    compass, and maps, and ride in helicopters.
    • have prior experience caring for small passerines, including operating incubators,
    handling eggs, feeding chicks, and administering oxygen, fluids, and medication.
    • be able to collect data and provide simple summary statistics
    • be able to work both in a team environment and independently, multitask and
    prioritize work to meet deadlines, and adapt easily to last minute changes.
    • be able to communicate and work effectively with others and understand and give
    • be able to accept responsibility, be accountable and make decisions that support
    the goals of the project.
    • have independent critical thinking and problem-solving skills to respond
    appropriately to unexpected wildlife care situations
    • be familiar with GIS, Microsoft Office and Access, and Adobe Suite Software

    Compensation is a $25/hr ($4333/mo). Costs of health insurance are split by the
    employee and employer. The successful applicant must provide own travel to Lihue,
    Kauai and have a valid US drivers license.

    Applications will be accepted until February 13, 2023, and will be reviewed as they are
    received. Required materials include a current resume, cover letter, and contact
    information for 3 references, emailed to crampton@hawaii.edu. 

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