Research Assistant - Recovery Ecology


It all began with a ROAR 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 End Extinction! Share your knowledge, skills and commitment 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?


Destination - Aga Recovery Project on Rota - Recovery Ecology / San Diego Zoo Institute For Conservation Research

Duration of your adventure - Short-Term Without Benefits - lasting up to 6 months

Seats (positions) available - 1

Attire while on adventure- 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.

Requirements for this adventure include:
(Non Union Position) Wage commensurate with experience


The Research Assistant works as part of a team conducting the rear-and-release program for the endangered Aga or Mariana Crow (Corvus kubaryi) on the island of Rota in the Northern Marianas Islands.

Responsibilities duties include preparing and provisioning food; cleaning and perching aviaries; observing and recording social and reproductive behaviors; artificial incubation and hand-rearing; assisting with veterinary care; collecting and entering detailed data; upkeeping and maintaining the physical plant and equipment; assisting with post-release monitoring; and other duties as assigned.

Representative qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in biological science or a related field, or equivalent specialized training or vocational experience in animal management; experience with captive husbandry and propagation of birds; clear and accurate note taking; detailed record-keeping and data management skills; ability to use computer programs for word processing, database and spreadsheets; ability to collect biological samples; ability to conduct field monitoring and observations; communication and teamwork skills; physically fit and able to lift 50lbs; basic carpentry, construction, and maintenance skills.

This position will require working with federally listed endangered species, and all applicants must meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife requirements for permits.

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.
(Post 8/11/17)

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