Pacific Rim Conservation is looking for self-motivated, hard-working individuals to participate in our Seabird Restoration Program as an Intern. Our seabird restoration project involves social attraction and translocation of Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses, Bonin petrels and Tristrams Storm Petrels to create new colonies safe from sea level rise. More information on the project can be found at www.islandarks.org
We are 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 a member 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. However, as interns gain experience, they may have the opportunity to assist in feeding and handling of the translocated chicks.
Essential responsibilities include but are not limited to: diet preparation, daily and weekly cleaning tasks, field maintenance, animal observations and data collection.
- Must have a great attitude, be willing to work hard and be an asset to our small team.
- Must commit to staying the duration of the project (outlined below)
- Must commit to 18 hours a week typically working 7:30 AM – 3:00 PM
- Candidates 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
February 4th, 2019– June 28, 2019
James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Kahuku, Hawaii (1 hour from Honolulu)
Application Due Date:
August 16th, 2018
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.
How to Apply:
Please email cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to:
With the subject heading, “Seabird Translocation Internship”
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.