HOW YOU WILL IMPACT OUR MISSION
The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is seeking a qualified and motivated postdoctoral candidate to conduct scientific research in support of conservation breeding and reintroduction projects for endangered Hawaiian avifauna, with a focus on the ‘alalā. The entire known ʻalalā population is under the care of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s Hawaiʻi Endangered Bird Conservation Program. Birds are cared for at the Keauhou and Maui Bird Conservation Centers (KBCC, MBCC) in Hawaiʻi, where the species is part of an intensive conservation breeding and reintroduction program with a current population of over 110 ‘alalā. Additional research may also be conducted on the ʻakikiki, a rapidly declining honeycreeper.
WHAT YOU WILL DO
- Carry out a research program to improve conservation breeding outcomes such as mate compatibility, pair selection, nest building, parental incubation, and parent rearing
- Contribute to ongoing inter-disciplinary research to maximize the health and well-being of species under human care
- Collaborate with partners including other colleagues within and partners of the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Alliance
- Create action plans with conservation applications to implement based on research results
WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR?
The successful candidate will have a strong background in wildlife behavior. The following skills are desired – conservation breeding and management experience, scientific writing skills, as demonstrated in peer-reviewed publications; oral communication, teamwork and management abilities, fluency in English language, strong computer, data management, and quantitative/statistical analysis skills, and a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. This position requires frequent travel to both Conservation Science Wildlife Health bases at the Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on Hawaii Island or the Maui Bird Conservation Center. Start date is from anywhere from October-December 2021 and will last for 1.5 years.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS
- Ph.D. in Ecology, Behavior, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, or related discipline
- Location: Conservation Science – Hawaii/Maui
- Duration: 1.5 years
- Non-union position: Salary is commensurate with experience
- Candidates must be available for an interview if contacted. Full job description available upon request