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Avian Husbandry Opportunity – San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Conservation Breeding Program

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego

This job is located in San Diego, but you have the freedom to work remotely from anywhere as long as you deliver on your tasks. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has various job types available, including full time. Make sure you choose the one that suits your career goals. The job listing for the Avian Husbandry Opportunity – San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Conservation Breeding Program position was initiated on April 3, 2024, and it will come to an end on May 1, 2024. The employer's non-disclosure of salary means that you have room for negotiation. You can execute this work remotely or in person, depending on your preference and San Diego , CA , San Diego , CA being the location for in-person work.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

Avian Husbandry Opportunity – San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Conservation Breeding Program

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Conservation Science

San Clemente Island, California

Position Duration: Three (1-year) Aviculture Volunteer Positions Available, July 2024 – July 2025

This position is with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s (SDZWA) San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Conservation Breeding Program (Shrike Project) on San Clemente Island. The San Clemente loggerhead shrike is a critically endangered songbird found only on San Clemente Island and was once North America’s most endangered songbird. The island is owned and operated by the U.S. Navy and they have been guiding and funding the recovery of this species for more than thirty years. The SDZWA Shrike Project manages the conservation breeding component of the Shrike Recovery Program, and participants will have the opportunity to be involved first hand with the recovery of a federally listed endangered species, while also gaining animal care experience.

The Navy provides room and board while on the island, and transportation to and from the island at the beginning and end of the workweek from Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego. Program participants will have the choice to fly off the island for their days off or remain on the island. Participants on the Shrike Project provide essential assistance to both facility and program operations. The primary responsibilities consist of daily bird husbandry and facility projects.

Under direct supervision of wildlife care staff, the participant will:

  • Learn basic avian husbandry procedures including daily cleaning, feeding, and preparation of diets
  • Learn proper avian capture and restraint techniques
  • Observe birds for health concerns and breeding behaviors
  • Learn basic medical care procedures and assist with treatments
  • Provide scheduled enrichment and develop new enrichment techniques/ideas
  • Learn basic husbandry procedures for live prey items (mice, insects)
  • Maintain habitats
  • Collect nesting material, observe breeding pairs, follow specific breeding protocols, learn about artificial incubation and hand rearing of chicks (breeding season only)

In addition to the hands-on training received on a daily basis, all participants will have access to SDZWA’s MyAcademy online classes. Topics include animal care, behavior, conservation, safety and much more. This is a full-time, one-year position. Participants will receive a $30/day stipend in addition to the free room and board while on the island.

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Applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old, have a valid U.S. Driver's License and good driving record, and have health insurance
  • Have a Bachelor’s degree in a biology related field or equivalent experience
  • Display enthusiasm for working in avian husbandry and conservation, have previous animal care experience, and be comfortable working on a remote island/field site that is only accessible by plane
  • Maintain high standards of excellence, teamwork, and project completion
  • Be detail oriented, have good interpersonal skills, and a proven ability to work effectively with colleagues
  • Be able to respectfully share living space with others, and be comfortable in a communal living arrangement on a remote island


$30/day stipend, plus free room and board while on the island

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter, resume/CV, and contact information for three references to Sarah Sheldon at by April 30, 2024.  Do not use third party sites to submit your application documents, the requested documents must be sent directly to the email provided.

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
San Diego, CA

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