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  • Seasonal Avian Ecologist: Santa Cruz Island, CA

    Hannah Horowitz
    • Employer: Smithsonian Institution
      Location: Santa Cruz Island, California
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/15/2023
      Open Until Filled: No

    Job Description

    One position is available for an ecological study of endemic Island Scrub-Jays on Santa Cruz Island, California. Current research by the Smithsonian Institution, Colorado State University, and The Nature Conservancy focuses on the jay’s life history, population biology, and behavior. The job will involve finding and monitoring nests, assisting with bird banding, quantifying bird behavior, and mapping territories.


    The project is based on Santa Cruz Island, part of the Channel Islands National Park, off the coast of southern California. There will be limited trips to the mainland and the field site is very remote, however housing, internet access, and utilities will be provided.

    Term of Appointment

    Internships will last 3+ months, starting early March. Start date is dependent on the conditions of the roads on the island, therefore the start date may be delayed. Be aware that the end date is highly variable and depends on how long this year's breeding season lasts.


    $700 per week


    • Prior experience in finding and monitoring passerine nests
    • Proficiency in capturing and banding passerines
    • Good color vision
    • Able to work alone and hike long distances in hot, rugged, and steep terrain
    • Able to live in a communal setting on an island with limited access to the mainland
    • Valid U.S. driver’s license
    • A U.S. bank account
    • Ability to drive a standard transmission 4x4 vehicle on steep, unimproved dirt roads a plus

    How to Apply

    Please send one file containing a cover letter, CV, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of two references to Hannah Horowitz (she/her) at horowitz.issj@gmail.com.


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