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, and the Akekee.
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.
Education and Pre-requisites
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.
Compensation and benefits
Volunteer opportunities last four to 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