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  • Research Assistant - Terns and Plovers

    • Employer: San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research
      Location: San Diego County
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 01/11/2019
      Open Until Filled: No



    San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the Institute for Conservation Research. Our organization's vision - we will lead the fight against extinction. Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at San Diego Zoo Global's Institute for Conservation Research. Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests. Share your knowledge, skills and commitment to provide GRRREAT Customer Service and be a part of the ROAR with San Diego Zoo Global.

     Attire - The Society has a very conservative grooming policy. Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty. Jewelry may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard. No facial or tongue piercing. Amenities - The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is located about 30 miles North of the San Diego Zoo and just south of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Pasqual Valley, Escondido CA, this adventure offers ZOO Perks which include discounts on food/premium products, free and discounted admission to local attractions, and accrual of vacation and sick time (exception for some grants).

    The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is the largest zoo-based multi-disciplinary research effort in the world. Based at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Conservation Research adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, more than 200 dedicated scientist carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats, locally and internationally.

    Location - Recovery Ecology - San Diego Zoo Global Institute for Conservation Research Study sites - Naval Base Coronado and Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

    Duration - Short Term - approximately 3.5 to 5 months in duration. Positions available - 9. Hourly rate ranges between $17.00 and $17.60 depending on experience.

    Requirements include: San Diego Zoo Global conducts research, monitoring and applied management to aid the recovery of endangered California Least Terns and threatened Western Snowy Plovers at important coastal sites in San Diego County. Research Assistants will work with the team to monitor the status and reproductive success of these two at risk species. Work provides applied experience with conservation programs including field methods, logistics, outreach and program support components.

    Study sites in San Diego County include Naval Base Coronado (maximum of 4 positions available), Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton (maximum of 5 positions). All positions may include occasional work at other sites (and to include some outreach) and at the Institute for Conservation Research and other SDZ facilities.


    - These are hourly positions working without benefits. - The schedule may need to change with short notice and may begin as early as 6 am or end at dusk based on our monitoring needs for the species. - The Research Assistant will contribute to all field activities, including monitoring, outreach, site maintenance, data entry, and some analyses. - Some days may require working in our lab and office space at the Institute for Conservation Research (San Diego Zoo Safari Park) or at the San Diego Zoo. - Over the season, Research Assistants may be expected to work at one of our alternate field sites to help on surveys and/or to support our outreach components (training will be provided). - Although the team will work with Research Assistants to accommodate preferences, Research Assistants must be willing to work at these locations and participate in all aspects of the normal activities of the conservation program including monitoring, outreach, data collection and entry, site maintenance, and any training. - We anticipate Research Assistants to work 40 hours per week. During some weeks, however, assistants will work less than 40 hours, and during peak breeding season, Assistants may be working as much as six days a week and more than 40 hours (overtime with compensation). - There may be one part-time position available with hours that vary from 4 to 30 per week, including some weekend hours, which may include outreach, field monitoring activities, data entry, analyses, writing, and/or other office or lab work.

    Interested applicants should expect to arrange their own housing and transportation; a field vehicle is provided for the field crew to work within the study sites.

    **Positions are short term and will last approximately 3.5 to 5 months in duration. Start dates are late March or early April. A commitment until early July is required as a minimum, but end date is negotiable.

    Responsibilities and duties include: - Assisting with daily site visits to locate tern and plover nests and to monitor productivity - Assisting with research projects - Behavioral observation of shorebirds, seabirds, and predators - Assessment and documentation of human disturbance and predation - Interacting with military personnel or the public regarding rules on the beach - Data collection and entry using electronic data entry systems with a high level of accuracy - Use of hand-held GPS units, tablets, and basic tools for site maintenance - Reporting any issues or needs immediately to senior program personnel - Participating in outreach activities and showing commitment and passion for conservation

    Representative qualifications include: - Bachelor's degree in biological sciences or related field - At least one year of field experience, and ideally, working with shorebirds and/or seabirds. For the part-time position with more focus on outreach and project support, at least one of year experience working with a conservation or environmental organization, or in environmental education, may be considered in lieu of field experience - Ability to be self-motivated and able to work well independently and as part of a field crew - Ability to take direction and follow detailed protocols with high attention to detail - Ability to interact positively and respectfully with members of the public, military personnel, and with team members - Ability to work with discretion to collect and analyze confidential and sensitive data - Physically fit to engage in long periods of fieldwork, under variable environmental conditions (walking many miles per day in soft sand, heat, and changeable weather) - Flexibility and willingness to work at other study sites as required

    Although not essential, the following qualifications are considered beneficial: - Field experience with terns and/or plovers - Bird banding and handling experience - Experience resighting color banded birds - Experience working on military installations and/or public lands - Experience with electronic data entry systems - Proficiency at identifying local bird species and potential avian and mammalian predators (including evidence of predators) - Experience with additional field research or wildlife management programs as an employee or volunteer.

    **A combined cover letter and résumé for this position is highly recommended. The cover letter/résumé should specifically address qualifications for this position and can be uploaded during the application process.**

    Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply. Valid CA drivers’ license required within 10 days of hire. One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV’s Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative .

    Applicants must pass a pre-employment drug screening and physical fitness test.

    Deadline to submit application: FRIDAY, JANUARY 11, 2019

    **San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace**


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