Background: The George Miksch Sutton Avian Research Center (Sutton Center) was founded in 1983 with the mission of “finding cooperative conservation solutions for birds and the natural world through science and education.” The Sutton Center is a private, nonprofit organization located near Bartlesville, Oklahoma and has become a leader in avian research and conservation through its successes with conservation-oriented, ecological field research on declining grassland birds, development of techniques for the reintroduction and monitoring of southern bald eagles, management of successful captive breeding of endangered species, and bird surveying across the world. For more information please visit suttoncenter.org.
One of Sutton Center’s newer projects focuses on the breeding and release of the endangered Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The breeding and raising of prairie-chickens is intensive, and young birds are transferred to Texas for release. Avicultural interns will be required to assist staff in all day to day responsibilities.
Internship Description: The Sutton Avian Research Center is looking to hire 3-4 interns for this upcoming breeding season. Tasks will include: daily husbandry including preparing diets, feeding, cleaning enclosures, assisting aviculturists with breeding of the birds, maintaining animal records, egg collection and processing, monitoring incubators, constructing enclosures in and outside of buildings, harvesting greens and wild insects, property upkeep, observing breeding behavior, assist in administering medications, properly catch and restrain birds, and additional tasks as assigned. It is a three or six month commitment. The Sutton Avian Research Center is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and encourages diversity in the workplace. We follow CDC guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Applicants must have completed two years of college or equivalent practical experience; must be detail-oriented and able to follow instructions; must have ability to lift over 50lbs and work in inclement weather conditions around ticks, chiggers, and mosquitos; must be able to work independently as well as in group settings; must be capable of working long hours in a fast paced environment; must have a valid driver’s license and maintain a good driving record. Extensive bird experience is not required, but animal husbandry experience is preferable.
Please email or mail a cover letter, resume and three references:
Sutton Avian Research Center
P.O. Box 2007
Bartlesville, OK 74005