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Research Associate II, Community Engagement

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
High School

May 11, 2024 marked the beginning of the Research Associate II, Community Engagement job offer, which will be removed on June 8, 2024. Don't miss out on full time job opportunities with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. This job opening demands that you have completed High School to be eligible. This job opportunity is based in Escondido, but the company is open to considering applications from remote candidates if they meet the required qualifications. The employer's lack of disclosure of salary means that you can negotiate based on the company's reputation and brand recognition. The position is situated at Escondido , CA , Escondido , CA.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Research Associate II, Community Engagement


The Research Associate II is responsible for carrying out laboratory, animal care, field and/or training initiatives in various areas of conservation research, endangered species propagation, diagnostic activities and/or community initiatives. This position reports to a Supervisor level or higher in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health department.


  • Conducts a variety of assigned research, diagnostic, husbandry, and training activities
  • Collects, collates, maintains, processes, and analyzes biological samples
  • Reviews results and performs additional tests, adjusts protocols, or refers questionable findings for review as needed
  • Collects, records, and analyzes data utilizing spreadsheet and database systems
  • Assists in developing, updating, and implementing a variety of laboratory, diagnostic, wildlife care/welfare, educational and/or field protocols, depending on the assignment
  • Prepares, arranges, and maintains records for sample and/or wildlife shipments
  • Documents, files, and maintains records
  • Assures accuracy of laboratory, animal care, and field equipment are properly maintained and calibrated. Performs quality control and troubleshoots equipment problems



The Community Engagement team in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health Department at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA) seeks a Research Associate II to join the Native Biodiversity Corps (NBC) team. The NBC program brings together urban high school students from diverse cultural, ethnic, and lived experience perspectives for immersion in nature-based, social learning experiences designed to enhance their inquiry and critical thinking skills. The Research Associate II will work alongside student Corps members as they design, implement, monitor, and maintain native wildlife gardens in order to attract and support local wildlife, combat impacts of regional climate change, promote regional pride, and build more resilient communities. Ideal candidates will have experience engaging high school students with environmental education in formal and/or informal science education settings as well as knowledge of, and interest in, the native biodiversity and ecosystems of San Diego County.

    • At least three years of experience in a laboratory, diagnostic, wildlife care and/or field research experience required.
    • Bachelor's Degree in the biological sciences or a related field or equivalent specialized training required.
    • Graduate studies and/or advanced certification or credentialing is highly desirable.
    • Trained in methodology and equipment used in the assigned area of biological research, animal care, diagnostics, social science or science communication.
    • Proficient in data and record keeping.
    • Able to operate moderately complex computer software programs.
    • Able to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in a diverse environment.
    • Able to attend to the needs of assigned research collections and/or community members.


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  • 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


  • Location: Escondido, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Position.
  • Hourly Range: $28.32 to $31.32


Hourly Range: $28.32 to $31.32

How to Apply

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Research Associate II, Community Engagement - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance - Career Portal (

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd
Escondido, CA 92027
Phone: 619-231-1515

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