VOLUNTEER AVICULTURE TECHNICIANS - needed for 8+ months to assist in an ongoing conservation program for the critically endangered Mariana Crow on the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The positions start in August and September. Duties include those typical of bird husbandry- preparing diets, cleaning aviaries and food prep areas, as well as facility maintenance. Additional duties include work focused on preparing adult crows for release.- 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 December of 2020).
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.
The Aga volunteer technicians 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. Diet prep and other assistance with the chick rearing are regular parts of each day during rearing season and while volunteers can expect to have exposure to the processes of egg incubation and hand-rearing, feeding chicks will not be a regular part of the responsibilities. Exceptions to this can be discussed with applicants that already possess the skills and experience in this work.
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.
The CNMI has one of the lowest numbers of COVID-19 cases in both the US and in the world, and have high requirements for entry which includes requiring arriving non-residents to have proof of a negative COVID-19 test collected 3-6 days prior to travel. We will only consider applicants that can easily obtain this test, and are able to self-quarantine for 2 weeks before traveling
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 (8 months minimum, longer commitments are preferred).