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  • Volunteer Aviculture Technician Mariana Crow Rear and Release Project

    Susan Farabaugh
    • Employer: San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
      Location: Rota Island - US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 11/15/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Job Description:

    VOLUNTEER AVICULTURE TECHNICIANS - needed for 8+ months to assist in an ongoing conservation program for the critically endangered Mariana Crow (Aga) on the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The start date for the positions is November 18th. 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.

    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 captive reared 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 is dependent on experience and aptitude. Please detail skills and experience in your application.

    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. 

    Rota is a Covid-19 free island. There are a number of quarantine and precautionary steps to traveling here. SDZWA will pay for the cost of all required testing. Right now there are no fees associated with the government run mandatory 5-day quarantine on the island of Saipan for vaccinated individuals. Covid-19 vaccination is required for this position.

    To apply, e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for at least 3 references to Phil Hannon (phannon@sdzwa.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).


    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.


    $800/month non-taxed stipend, roundtrip airfare, housing and utilities

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