The San Diego Zoo Global’s Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program operates two conservation
breeding facilities – the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) on the Big Island of Hawaii and the
Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC) on the island of Maui – with the goal of preventing extinction and
promoting recovery of endangered Hawaiian avifauna through captive propagation. Currently, the
HEBCP’s focal species include the alala, palila, kiwikiu, akikiki, akekee, and the puaiohi.
We are currently looking for two volunteers for the Maui Bird Conservation Center. Ideally the position would start mid to late November.
Volunteers for the HEBCP learn the basics of the endangered bird-breeding program while providing
essential assistance to facility and program operations. The primary responsibilities of HEBCP volunteers
consist of daily bird husbandry and facility projects. Daily bird husbandry duties include morning feeding,
aviary cleaning, diet preparation, aviary maintenance, afternoon bird checks, observing birds for breeding
behaviors and health concerns, and record-keeping. Facility projects include perching aviaries, gathering
browse and nesting material, grounds-keeping, building maintenance, and predator control.
Volunteers must display enthusiasm for working in aviculture and bird conservation; be at least 21 years
old; be able to respectfully share living space with several roommates in a remote area; have a valid
driver's license and clean driving record; have health insurance for the duration of the volunteer position;
and maintain high standards of excellence, team work, and project completion.
Volunteer opportunities last six months. Volunteers receive $20/day stipend, plus housing.
To apply for a volunteer position, please send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three
references to Jennifer Pribble at firstname.lastname@example.org.