Post Doctoral Associate – Recovery Ecology – Conservation Science – Volcano, Hawaii

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance
Location: Conservation Science - Hawaii/Maui
Job Category
Post Doctoral Appointments
Non-union position: Salary is commensurate with experience
Last Date to Apply
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives. 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.
EDUCATION AND CERTIFICATIONS Ph.D. in Ecology, Behavior, Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management, or related discipline SOME OF THE PERKS YOU WILL ENJOY AS A TEAM MEMBER Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park Family Passes Complimentary Tickets Local and In-House Discounts Employee Assistance Program Wellness Program IMPORTANT DETAILS 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 THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS A DRUG FREE WORKPLACE At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our employees, our guests, our community, and our wildlife. SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILITY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER SDZWA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. SDZWA will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ethnicity, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, marital status, parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying. Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!
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