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Posted: Monday, January 8, 2018 2:37 AM


It all began with a ROAR more than 100 years ago!

San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Our organization's vision - we will lead the fight against extinction.

Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests.

Share your knowledge, skills and commitment to conservation, strive to save species from extinction and be a part of the ROAR with San Diego Zoo Global!

Are you ready to start your adventure

and put your Passion for Wildlife to Work?


Duration of your adventure - Temporary / Regular Without Benefits (Approximately 6 months but no more than 12 months)

Positions available 1

Attire - The Society has a very conservative grooming policy. Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty. Jewelry may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard. No facial or tongue piercing.

Amenities - Located 30 miles North of the San Diego Zoo and just south of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in the San Pasqual Valley in Escondido, California, this adventure offers ZOO Perks which include discounts on food/premium products, free and discounted admission to local attractions, and accrual of vacation and sick time (exception for some grants and Summer Fellowships).

The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is the largest zoo-based multi-disciplinary research effort in the world. Based at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Conservation Research adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, more than 200 dedicated scientists carry out research vital to the conservation of animals, plants, and habitats, locally and internationally.


(Non Union Position) Wage commensurate with experience

The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is seeking a qualified and motivated Research Assistant to participate in daily husbandry, artificial incubation, hand rearing, and pre-release behavioral observations of endangered Aga or Mariana Crow (Corvus kubari) at the Aga Rear and Release Program facility on Rota Island in the U.S. Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).

The Aga Rear and Release Program is one part of the larger Hawaiian Endangered Bird Conservation Program which runs two conservation breeding facilities in Hawaii for critically endangered Hawaiian birds, and conducts release efforts for the 'Alal (or Hawaiian Crow). As part of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, our Rota facility is a crucial component of intensive conservation and reintroduction efforts for critically endangered avian species in the Pacific. The successful applicant will join a small team responsible for incubating and hatching wild eggs collected on Rota, hand rearing the resultant chicks, behavioral observations, and daily husbandry of the birds that have been successfully reared.

Responsibilities may include: conducting artificial incubation and hand-rearing; observing and recording behaviors of the release candidates with respect to anti-predator behaviors and other behaviors associated with a successful release candidate; assisting with veterinary care; preparing and provisioning food; cleaning and perching aviaries; detailed record keeping; entering and managing data; maintaining aviaries,

facilities, equipment, and grounds; and other duties as assigned. Representative qualifications include, but may not be limited to: a Bachelor's degree in any of the animal sciences (or equivalent vocational experience in animal husbandry); at least one year's experience working with birds in an institutional position while responsible for bird care; familiarity with artificial incubation and hand-rearing of passerines; experience collecting data for a research project involving animal behavior or ecology; practical skills and experience that are useful for aviary and facility maintenance; valid driver's license and in good standing with the DMV. Ability to identify birds by colored leg bands is preferred.

This position will require working with federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits. Start date for this position is February 2018. Scheduled hours will be approximately 40 hours per week. Flights to and from Rota at the beginning and end of the position, housing on island, and access to program vehicles will be provided by the SDZG.

All newly hired animal care staff and educators with responsibility for regularly caring for collection animals are REQUIRED to complete and pass (4) on-line prerequisite classes prior to reporting to their department. Human Resources will schedule this training as part of the on-boarding program. For current employees transferring into an animal care department, these classes MUST be completed and passed prior to the transfer.

Pre-requisite courses include:

* Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Bio-Security

* Working Safely With Dangerous Animals

* Government Regulations and Compliance (USDA/OSHA)

* The Fundamentals of Animal Learning

Passing grade for classes is 90%

One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV's Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative.

Current Union employees considering a Non-Union position are to familiarize themselves with all differences including pension, health benefits, etc. See Human Resources for details.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply.

(Post 1/3/18)

Deadline to submit application:


Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time

San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace





Job Requirements: PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Research Assistant performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that supports San Diego Zoo Global's mission and vision of saving species worldwide by uniting our expertise in animal care and conservation science with our dedication to inspiring passion for wildlife and leading the fight against extinction. The Research Assistant assists with the gathering and analysis of research data from the laboratory or the field; and attends to the care of research collections of animals, plants, or

biological samples.This position reports to Division Manager at the San Diego Zoo Institute For Conservation Research.


* Performs laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, and/or field duties

* Collects, collates, maintains, processes, and analyzes biological samples

* Prepares, arranges, and maintains records for sample and/or animal shipments

* Collects and records data utilizing spreadsheet and database systems

* Documents, files, and maintains records

* Maintains supply inventories and prepares purchase requisitions

* Assists with repairs and maintenance of equipment and supplies

* Learns and masters project or program processes

* Adheres to all SDZG and department policies and practices

* Practices GRREAT Customer Service Standards


* Based on the assignment, performs laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, and/or field duties

* May train and oversee volunteers under the supervision of a Research Associate or higher level staff


* Performs related duties and responsibilities as required


Coursework in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field or equivalent specialized training; bachelor's degree in biological sciences is preferred; experience and/or certification in conducting laboratory or field-based research is desirable; some positions may require a valid California driver license.

Knowledge of:

* Methods and equipment used in the assigned area of biological research, animal care, or diagnostics

Ability to:

* Communicate effectively (verbal and written)

* Attend to the needs of assigned research collections

* Learn data and sample gathering techniques

* Work effectively with others in a diverse environment


Some assignments involve working outdoors with wild animals in varying weather conditions; possible exposure to zoonotic diseases, radiation, and potentially hazardous chemicals and materials; and working with sharp instruments.


Some assignments require the ability to move moderately heavy objects approximately 25-40 pounds; travel maybe required.




Associated topics: biodiversity, climate, ecological, environmental science, epa, field, food, sustainability, water, wetlands


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