Title: Volunteer Aviculture Technician
Agency: San Diego Zoo Global
Location: Tropical Pacific
VOLUNTEER AVICULTURE TECHNICIANS (2) - needed for 6+ months to assist in an ongoing conservation program of the critically endangered Mariana Crow on the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The position starts in May or earlier. Volunteers are responsible for assisting with incubation, hand-rearing, and husbandry of fledglings and adults, including diet preparation, feeding, cleaning, and aviary and facility maintenance. Volunteers are also responsible for collecting native food items for crows and conducting regular behavioral observations of captive adults at the facility and within the release aviary to ensure they are gaining the skills needed to succeed in the wild (release is planned for September 2019). Volunteers will have a unique opportunity to participate in multiple aspects of a rear and release program, from the collection of eggs from wild nests to the release of adults.
Applicants should be physically fit, self-motivated, enthusiastic, enjoy working and living with others in close quarters, and have a good sense of humor. Those applicants with experience in avian husbandry and carpentry will be given priority. Benefits include round-trip airfare to Rota (reimbursed), housing plus utilities, shared vehicles, and $800/mo.
To apply, e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for at least 3 references to Phil Hannon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please combine all application materials in one PDF or Word document and include your full name in the title of the document. Please indicate the earliest date you would be available to travel to Rota and your preferred length of commitment in your cover letter (6 months minimum, longer commitments are preferred).
Qualifications: Attention to detail, background in wildlife biology or related field, previous experience in animal husbandry, basic carpentry skills. Applicants must be US Citizens or green card holders. Applicants from the Mariana Islands are strongly encouraged.
Last Date to apply: 25 March or until filled