Pacific Rim Conservation is in search of passionate individuals interested in gaining experience in the avian care and seabird conservation field. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care of the translocated chicks with an emphasis on daily cleaning and food preparation. Interns will also gain training on seabird social attraction techniques and aspects of habitat restoration, including out-planting and predator control. Interns will go through and initial orientation to gain a basic understanding of avian husbandry in the conservation field and continue to refine these skills throughout the internship. Interns will also shadow members of the PRC Animal Care team throughout the duration of the internship to learn through observation about avian care, feeding and holding techniques. Please keep in mind, due to the nature of this project and permitting restrictions, handling of the chicks is limited.
Our Seabird Translocation Projects involves the social attraction and translocation of Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses, Bonin Petrels and Tristram’s Storm Petrels to create new colonies safe from sea level rise. For more information on these projects visit www.pacificrimconservation.org or www.islandarks.org
Essential responsibilities You will be based with our Seabird Translocation team for the majority of your internship. Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):
- Diet Preparation
- Daily and weekly cleaning tasks
- Assisting in care of the translocated chicks
- Field maintenance/ Habitat restoration
- Animal Observations
- Data Collection
- Assisting in Educational Outreach
- Must have a great attitude, be willing to work hard and be an asset to our small team
- Must be a self-starter and be self motivated
- Must commit to staying the duration of the project (outlined below)
- Must commit to 28 hours a week, 7 hours a day, starting at 7:00 AM
- Must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education in a Biology or Conservation related field
- Must have strong communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse audience
- Able to lift 50 pounds
- May be asked to work holidays
Dates and Location
Start Date: February 1st 2021
End Date: July 2nd 2021
You will be based with our Seabird Translocation Team at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Kahuku, Hawaii (1 hour from Honolulu)
Application Due Date:
October 30th 2020
This is a non-paid internship, interns are responsible for all housing, transportation and living expenses. Credit for college work experience requirements can be given. We work with our interns to develop a schedule that still allows them to work while completing their internship.
COVID-19 Policies and Precautions:
As our work is considered essential, our translocation projects will proceed as planned for 2021. However, to ensure the safety of our entire staff, our interns and provide the best care for our translocated chicks, we will require each of our interns to strictly follow our COVID-19 policies, which include but are not limited to:
– Adhere to all of the COVID-19 guidelines as mandated by the State of Hawaii
– Wear a mask while at work and anytime you will be out in public (visiting the grocery store, drug store, etc.)
– Social distance yourself at the workplace and in your personal life.
During interviews we will also share any COVID-19 policy updates.
We appreciate your understanding and patience during these changing times and in following these guidelines as we strive to provide the healthiest work place possible.
How to Apply:
Click here to submit your resume, cover letter and contact information for two references.
If you have any questions/ concerns or problems with your application please contact:
Leilani@pacificrimconservation.org with the subject heading, “Seabird Restoration Internship 2021”
Who we are:
Pacific Rim Conservation is a Hawaii-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are a conservation organization whose primary focus is wildlife research and management, with a specialty in native birds. Our mission is to maintain and restore native bird diversity, populations, and ecosystems in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. We work together with local communities, government agencies, and other conservation organizations to achieve our goals; we are solidly a ‘boots on the ground’ organization. We do this by creating ‘islands’ within islands where predators have either been removed and excluded through fencing, or are controlled on a long term basis. We then work to restore the habitat in these areas, and in some cases, bring bird species back that are no longer found there through translocation and social attraction. Throughout all of our work, we actively conduct research to understand avian biology, and the ecosystem changes and benefits to inform future conservation actions. To date, we have published more than 115 peer-reviewed papers.