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  1. Job Description: White Oak is seeking a highly motivated conservation-focused Wildlife Specialist in our avian department. The avian programs contain some of the most endangered animals found at White Oak. White Oak implements endangered species recovery through collaborative approaches with USFWS and/or other domestic and international partners, more specifically by developing and fulfilling conservation breeding and reintroduction techniques, such as with Florida Grasshopper Sparrow in Florida or Andean Condor in South America. A few of these avian programs are also experimental, and involve innovative approaches to solve the problems identified in both in-situ and ex-situ populations. Many programs also focus on zoo sustainability and require intensive efforts to save populations, such as assisted reproductive techniques or hormone monitoring. The overarching theme of all White Oak avian programs is managing endangered or sensitive birds in large naturalistic enclosures, where breeding and other natural behavior flourishes under natural environmental conditions and stimuli. The Wildlife Specialist position is responsible for the daily care of the avian collection to include: feeding, cleaning, medicating, training and enrichment activities. Other responsibilities include: participation with animal restraint, hand rearing, animal transfers, introductions, operant conditioning; area research projects; fostering regular wildlife department delivery of public education programs featuring the wildlife collection; assisting veterinarian staff with animal care procedures, treatment and sample collection, as directed; notifying supervisor of facility maintenance needs, supplies and animal feed needed in the wildlife area; assistance with minor animal care facilities maintenance including mowing, weed eating, pressure washing, dirt and substrate work, limb pick up, and minor repairs; reporting facility and equipment care needs; maintaining records and reports related to wildlife collection; observing and ensuring area safety protocol, safe vehicle and equipment operation; assisting with intern training and oversight as requested. This position is grant-funded and contingent upon continuation of the grant-funding. Qualifications: Minimum qualifications: High School Diploma/GED required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. One year of animal experience required. Strong oral and written communication, public education and relevant computer skills. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects, climb a 5 foot ladder and work outdoors in all conditions; Excellent problem resolution skills along with outstanding communication and active listening skills; Must be able to work holidays, nights and weekends when required; Must have a valid driver’s license. Desired qualifications: Ability to hear high and low pitched, soft bird calls; Excellent vision and observation skills with the ability to see color bands on small birds through grass; Ability to stay calm in very stressful situations; Excellent coordination and animal handling ability; Strong initiative and work ethic; Excellent Microsoft Excel skills; Familiarity with weedeaters, mowers, and large equipment like tractors and skidsteers; Familiarity with camera traps and remote camera systems. Compensation: Commensurate with experience To Apply: To apply, go to the White Oak Conservation Website at http://www.whiteoakwildlife.org/jobs/ and apply for the Wildlife Specialist job opening.
  2. Job Type: Full-time, grant-funded Application Deadline: 1/31/2020 Job Description: White Oak is seeking a highly motivated conservation-focused Wildlife Specialist in our avian department. The avian programs contain some of the most endangered animals found at White Oak. White Oak implements endangered species recovery through collaborative approaches with USFWS and/or other domestic and international partners, more specifically by developing and fulfilling conservation breeding and reintroduction techniques, such as with Florida Grasshopper Sparrow in Florida or Andean Condor in South America. A few of these avian programs are also experimental, and involve innovative approaches to solve the problems identified in both in-situ and ex-situ populations. Many programs also focus on zoo sustainability and require intensive efforts to save populations, such as assisted reproductive techniques or hormone monitoring. The overarching theme of all White Oak avian programs is managing endangered or sensitive birds in large naturalistic enclosures, where breeding and other natural behavior flourishes under natural environmental conditions and stimuli. The grant-funded Wildlife Specialist position is responsible for the daily care of the avian collection to include: feeding, cleaning, medicating, training and enrichment activities. Other responsibilities include: participation with animal restraint, hand rearing, animal transfers, introductions, operant conditioning; area research projects; fostering regular wildlife department delivery of public education programs featuring the wildlife collection; assisting veterinarian staff with animal care procedures, treatment and sample collection, as directed; notifying supervisor of facility maintenance needs, supplies and animal feed needed in the wildlife area; assistance with minor animal care facilities maintenance including mowing, weed eating, pressure washing, dirt and substrate work, limb pick up, and minor repairs; reporting facility and equipment care needs; maintaining records and reports related to wildlife collection; observing and ensuring area safety protocol, safe vehicle and equipment operation; assisting with intern training and oversight as requested. This position is grant-funded and contingent upon continuation of the grant-funding. Qualifications: Minimum qualifications: High School Diploma/GED required, Bachelor’s degree preferred. One year of animal experience required. Strong oral and written communication, public education and relevant computer skills. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force to lift, push, pull, carry, or otherwise move objects, climb a 5 foot ladder and work outdoors in all conditions; Excellent problem resolution skills along with outstanding communication and active listening skills; Must be able to work holidays, nights and weekends when required; Must have a valid driver’s license. Desired qualifications: Ability to hear high and low pitched, soft bird calls; Excellent vision and observation skills with the ability to see color bands on small birds through grass; Ability to stay calm in very stressful situations; Excellent coordination and animal handling ability; Strong initiative and work ethic; Excellent Microsoft Excel skills; Familiarity with weedeaters, mowers, and large equipment like tractors and skidsteers; Familiarity with camera traps and remote camera systems. Compensation: Commensurate with experience To Apply: To learn more about White Oak Conservation and conservation programs visit http://www.whiteoakwildlife.org/. To apply, please send a letter of interest and resume to Careers@white-oak.org with the job you are applying for in the subject line. Number of Openings: 1 Start Date: February 17, 2020
  3. White Oak conserves and sustains some of the earth's rarest wild animals through innovative training, research, education, breeding and field programs that contribute to the survival of wildlife in nature. The conservation programs span 700 acres along the St. Mary’s River in northeast Florida, surrounded by over 16,000 acres of mixed forest and wetlands that make up the beautiful White Oak property. Founded in 1982, White Oak leads professional efforts to improve veterinary care, develop holistic animal management techniques, and better understand the biology of critically endangered species by providing excellent care and managing conservation programs for over 30 species of imperiled wildlife in large, naturalistic enclosures. The Florida grasshopper sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum floridanus) is one of the most endangered birds in North America, with less than 40 breeding males left in the wild. In a cooperative effort with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Tall Timbers Research Station, captive breeding and reintroduction protocols were established with a close relative, the Eastern grasshopper sparrow (A. s. pratensis). Beginning in 2016, White Oak established, refined, and utilized these protocols to initiate conservation breeding of the Florida grasshopper sparrow. White Oak is now the only facility with a successful breeding program for this species. The unique ‘hands off’ management style has resulted in captive bred offspring that exhibit natural wild behaviors suitable for release into the wild, which began in 2019. White Oak is seeking a qualified applicant with a strong passion for avian husbandry and conservation to assist with any and all aspects of the avian breeding season, with specific focus on the grasshopper sparrow program. This internship is designed to provide additional work experience with a strong in-situ and ex-situ conservation focus. The internship requires the creation and implementation of a sparrow-focused project and commitment to the selected schedule and work duties. Acquired Skills and Experiences (hands-on and discussion/observation) Basic husbandry- feeding, shifting, and animal observation in large enclosures with natural social organization and groupings Hand-rearing passerines Breeding introductions and management Transport (in-house and external) Veterinary care Avian capture and hand restraint Imprinting prevention Artificial incubation and hatching Egg candling Pre-release conditioning Non-chemical fire ant control methods Reintroduction programs Identifying avian vocalizations Daily reporting Diet preparation Flight restriction management Assisted reproduction techniques Identifying individuals Sample collection Guest interactions and education Enclosure landscaping and maintenance Camera trapping and video monitoring Research and scientific management basics Sweeping for wild insects Application Information The Grasshopper Sparrow Internship is a six-month, 40 hour a week, paid internship. The selected candidate will receive a $1,466 monthly stipend, before taxes, and free housing at White Oak for the duration of the internship. Interns will share an apartment with another intern of the same gender. The work schedule will include weekends and holidays. Due to the potential of around-the-clock hand-rearing of altricial passerines, the applicant must have a flexible schedule and availability to work a daytime or afternoon/evening shift as needed. White Oak provides transportation to and from the Jacksonville airport (for initial pick-up and final drop-off only). Interns have access to select White Oak amenities including a fitness center and swimming pool. Housing for pets and/or spouses is not available. White Oak reserves the right to terminate internships at any time. There will be no guarantee of employment at the end of the internship. To avoid conflicts, the selected candidate will not be eligible for job openings at White Oak that occur during the internship. Duration Session: Fall & Winter Apply: By August 25th, 2019 Start Date*: By September 15th, 2019 End Date*: March 15th, 2020 **Session dates may alter slightly Eligibility Requirements Candidates should have previous avian experience, with passerine hand-rearing and handling experience preferred. Candidates must have the physical ability to identify color bands on small birds from a distance, and hear and identify very soft/quiet sounds. Candidates should be self-motivated, able to work well alone and with others, and willing to learn new skills and make the most of the internship experience. Candidates must be able to lift 50 lbs. without difficulty, work in adverse weather conditions including Florida’s summer climate, and remain on their feet for long periods of time. Candidates should be currently enrolled, or recently graduated (less than 3 years) from college. Candidates must be 18 years old or over. Candidates must have proof of a valid driver’s license and health insurance. Candidates must pass a drug test upon the start of the internship. How to Apply All candidates will submit in ONE document a resume/CV, a list of 3 professional reference’s contact information, and a cover letter explaining their career goals and how the internship will help them achieve those goals by August 25th, 2019. Only electronic submissions will be accepted (.doc, .docx, or .pdf only). Please send application materials to training@white-oak.org with the subject line: ‘Grasshopper Sparrow Internship Application’. Applications materials must be submitted within the application period for consideration.
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