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  1. Job Description: 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). 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. 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 (phannon@sandiegozoo.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).
  2. Job Description: VOLUNTEER AVICULTURE TECHNICIAN - needed for 8 months to assist in an ongoing conservation program of the critically endangered Mariana Crow on the island of Rota, Northern Mariana Islands. The position starts as soon as possible. Volunteer responsibilities include regular husbandry duties such as 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 to ensure they are gaining the social and foraging skills needed to succeed in the wild (release is planned for August/September 2020). Applicants should be physically fit, self-motivated, 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 plus reimbursed travel expenses, housing plus utilities, shared vehicles, and $800/mo. Exceptional volunteers will have the opportunity to extend their stay through the egg and chick rearing season and will be provided in depth training in those skillsets. To apply, e-mail a cover letter, résumé, and contact information for 3 references to Phil Hannon (phannon@sandiegozoo.org). Please combine all application materials into 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. 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. Salary: 800/month Website: http://institute.sandiegozoo.org/species/aga and https://www.facebook.com/MarianaCrowRecoveryProject/
  3. Description: The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is seeking Research Assistant to conduct and support daily husbandry and conservation breeding activities at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano, Hawai‘i Island. The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is one of two conservation breeding facilities in Hawaii for critically endangered and endemic birds. This facility is a crucial component of intensive conservation and reintroduction efforts for critically endangered avian species such as the ‘Alalā, ‘Akikiki, Palila, and ‘Akeke‘e. The successful applicant will join a team that provides a high standard of care to endangered Hawaiian birds. Responsibilities may include: maintaining aviaries, facilities, equipment, and grounds; preparing and provisioning food; cleaning and perching aviaries; managing reproduction in breeding pairs; observing and recording reproductive and social behaviors; assisting with veterinary care; detailed record keeping; entering and managing data; and other duties as assigned. Experience: Successful applicants will have some of the following qualifications: a Bachelor's degree in any of the animal sciences; experience collecting data for a research project involving animal behavior or ecology; practical skills and experience that are useful for aviary and facility maintenance; at least 2 years experience working with birds in an institutional position while responsible for bird care; familiarity with artificial incubation and hand-rearing of passerines; valid driver’s license and in good standing with the DMV. Selected candidate must be able to identify diverse colored identification tags on birds. 
This position will require working with federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits. Hiring is also contingent on an acceptable driving record and passing four on-line courses, see the Zoo job website for details. Comments: The online Application Deadline Tuesday, January 7, 2020 by 09:30 PM PDT Salary: Commensurate with experience Category Type: Permanent Position How should the candidate apply: Go to the San Diego Zoo Careers website https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jobs/job-openings and select Req #251
  4. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is seeking Research Assistant to conduct and support daily husbandry and conservation breeding activities at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center in Volcano, Hawai‘i Island. The Keauhou Bird Conservation Center is one of two conservation breeding facilities in Hawaii for critically endangered and endemic birds. This facility is a crucial component of intensive conservation and reintroduction efforts for critically endangered avian species such as the ‘Alalā,‘Akikiki, Palila, and ‘Akeke‘e. The successful applicant will join a team that provides a high standard of care to endangered Hawaiian birds. Responsibilities may include: maintaining aviaries, facilities, equipment, and grounds; preparing and provisioning food; cleaning and perching aviaries; managing reproduction in breeding pairs; observing and recording reproductive and social behaviors; assisting with veterinary care; detailed record keeping; entering and managing data; and other duties as assigned. Qualifications include: a degree in any of the sciences such as biology, wildlife sciences, conservation, and animal husbandry; practical skills that are useful for facility maintenance; valid/current drivers license and in good standing with the DMV; ability to identify diverse colored identification bands on birds. This position will require working with federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits. Scheduled hours will be 40 hours per week. The start date for this position is June 2019. This is a permanent benefitted position. To Apply Go to the San Diego Zoo Jobs website (https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jobs) and look for: Research Assistant - Institute for Conservation Research - Hawaii, Hawaii, USA Req #251 (Note text on the zoo jobs site as of this posting mentions the MBCC facility on Maui but this is error - actual site is KBCC on the Big Island) Any questions email Amy Kuhar AKuhar@sandiegozoo.org
  5. The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is seeking Research Assistant to conduct and support daily husbandry and conservation breeding activities at the Maui Bird Conservation Center in Olinda, Hawaii and at associated field sites. The Maui Bird Conservation Center is one of two conservation breeding facilities in Hawaii for critically endangered native birds. As part of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research and the Hawai‘i Endangered Bird Conservation Program, this facility is a crucial component of intensive conservation and reintroduction efforts for critically endangered avian species such as the ‘Alalā, ‘Akikiki, Palila, Kiwikiu, and ‘Akeke‘e. The successful applicant will join a team that provides a high standard of care to endangered Hawaiian birds. Responsibilities may include: maintaining aviaries, facilities, equipment, and grounds; preparing and provisioning food; cleaning and perching aviaries; managing reproduction in breeding pairs; observing and recording reproductive and social behaviors; assisting with veterinary care; detailed record keeping; entering and managing data; and other duties as assigned. Qualifications include: a degree in any of the sciences such as biology, wildlife sciences, conservation, and animal husbandry; practical skills that are useful for facility maintenance; valid/current drivers license and in good standing with the DMV; ability to identify diverse colored identification bands on birds. This position will require working with federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits. Scheduled hours will be approximately 40 hours per week The start date for this position is June 2019. This is a temporary position of approximately six months but no more than 12 months. To Apply Go to the San Diego Zoo Jobs website (https://zoo.sandiegozoo.org/jobs) and look for: Research Assistant - Institute for Conservation Research - Hawaii, Hawaii, USA Req #239 Any questions- email Jennifer Pribble jpribble@sandiegozoo.org
  6. Title: Volunteer Aviculture Technician Agency: San Diego Zoo Global Location: Tropical Pacific Job Description: 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 (phannon@sandiegozoo.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. Salary: 800/month Last Date to apply: 25 March or until filled Website: http://institute.sandiegozoo.org/species/aga and https://www.facebook.com/MarianaCrowRecoveryProject/ Contact: Phil Hannon E-mail: phannon@sandiegozoo.org
  7. Requirements include: This position is for the San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Captive Breeding Program, a project funded by the U.S. Navy, and located on the Navy's training base on San Clemente Island. Room and board is provided by the U.S. Navy for the five day work week on the island. The U.S. Navy also provides transportation to and from the island at the beginning and end of the work week, from Naval Air Station North Island. Applicants must be available to work any of the seven days of the week. The San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike is a federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits. Thus, all successful applicants will have at least a BS or BA in the natural sciences, or equivalent vocational experience in animal management (2 years vocational experience = 1 year of higher education) Successful applicants will have knowledge/experience in avian husbandry, which may include, natural history, artificial incubation of eggs, chick hand-rearing, bird handling, routine veterinary care, diet preparation, aviary maintenance and design, enrichment, and bird behavior. Additional experience in field techniques and wildlife management, as well as formal behavioral observation and focal sampling methodologies (e.g., all occurrence, instantaneous and 1/0 sampling) with birds or mammals is valuable. Desirable qualifications include the ability to provide light general maintenance in exhibit areas and at the facility. Qualified applicants will have basic computer experience with word processing and spreadsheet programs (e.g., MS Word and Excel). Must be familiar with detailed record keeping and ability to keep clear and accurate notes using such programs. Previous experience with MS Access Databases both data entry and programming, is preferred but not required. The ability to work cooperatively with all members of the Shrike Recovery Program including U.S. Navy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Institute for Wildlife Studies is essential. Selected candidates may be required to spend nights at the captive propagation facility when sick, injured birds, and young chicks are present. Must be able to work outside under various weather conditions and have a valid California driver license. Hours scheduled will be approximately 40 hrs/wk. For more information and to apply: www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs. Deadline to apply Sunday, October 21, 2018. Pacific Time. Salary Starting hourly rate: $16.56 How to Apply Please apply directly to our career website at www.sandiegozoo.org/jobs
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