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Research Assistant I - Rota Island

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
High School

When applying for a job at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, make sure the full time job aligns with your career goals. You have the chance to negotiate your salary with the employer based on the company's approach to employee job flexibility and remote work options. The position of Research Assistant I - Rota Island has become available since May 2, 2024 and will be closed on May 30, 2024. The location of this vacancy is Alliance, but the company is open to considering applicants from other regions who meet the necessary criteria. Please take note that having passed High School is a prerequisite for this job opening. The location for this position is Rota Island , MP , Rota Island , MP.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Research Assistant I - Rota Island

The Research Assistant assists with some or all of the following tasks: the gathering and analysis of research data from the laboratory or the field; attending to the needs of animals in managed care, plants, biological samples, and/or community members. This position reports to a Supervisor level or higher in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health department.


  • Perform a variety of laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, educational, and/or field duties.
  • Collect, collate, maintain, process, and/or analyze records relevant to current projects (e.g., biological samples).
  • Prepare, arrange, and maintain records for sample and/or wildlife shipments.
  • Collect and record data utilizing spreadsheet and database systems.
  • Document, file, and maintain records.
  • Maintain supply inventories and prepares purchase requisitions.
  • Assist with repair and maintain of equipment and supplies.
  • Learn and master project or program processes.


We are looking for a skilled aviculturist who is excited to utilize their animal husbandry, observation, and research skills to help the conservation of the critically endangered Mariana crow (Aga). The Research Assistant will work with the Research Coordinator and team, to conduct artificial incubation, hand-rearing, and general husbandry duties of Aga including maintaining enclosures and facilities. The Research Assistant will also assist with data collection, observations, and research. The Research Assistant will also be responsible for timely data entry and proofing, participation in team meetings, and helping the team ensure that project objectives, milestones, and research goals are met. This position is located on the small island of Rota, CNMI and involves outdoor work in hot tropical conditions.

    • Some experience and/or certification in conducting laboratory or field-based research is preferred. 
    • Experience with science communication or interpretation of scientific concepts preferred. 


    • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field or equivalent specialized training required. 


    • Training in methodology and equipment used in the assigned area of biological research, animal care, diagnostics, social science, or science communication required.
    • Ability to operate moderately complex computer software programs required.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing required.
    • Ability to attend to the needs of assigned research collections and/or community members required.
    • Ability to learn and perform data and sample gathering techniques required.
    • Ability to work effectively with others in a diverse environment and with diverse populations required.


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program


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  • Location: Rota Island, US Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Position
  • Hourly Rate: $16.01 - $17.71


Hourly Rate: $16.01 - $17.71

How to Apply

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San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Northern Mariana Islands
Rota Island, MPPhone: 619-231-1515

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