The Raptor Trust Summer Scholar Position: New Jersey

The Raptor Trust
Millington, NJ
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
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Purpose and Essential Functions: Summer scholars are responsible for assisting staff in maintaining standards of care for injured adult birds, preparing diets and feeding orphaned/displaced young song birds and waterfowl, and helping with general upkeep of the center. We welcome students to participate in educational workshops, meetings, and workbook practice. Opportunities and Learning Objectives: Hand-feed nestling and fledgling songbirds Prepare specially formulated diets for a wide variety of bird species Learn how a species’ natural history, including diet, habitat, and social patterns affect its rehabilitation Monitor and take notes on patient health and behavior under the direction of our technicians Greet and interact with the public while assisting with bird admissions, phone calls, and guest inquiries Observe various diagnostics procedures including phlebotomy, microscopy, and radiography Practice identification of common songbirds, raptors, and waterfowl Develop and practice skills in teamwork, communication, time management and task prioritization Become familiar with ethical, moral, and legal considerations regarding avian rehabilitation, rehabilitation of nuisance species, and the use of euthanasia The position includes observation of raptors but does not guarantee experience in raptor care or handling. Payment/Additional Information: This is an unpaid, volunteer position. College students committed to this position may meet the criteria for eligibility to apply for our volunteer scholarship. This opportunity can also be modified to meet most schools’ criteria in qualifying for an academic “internship” or experience credit.
Must be at least 18 years of age and currently enrolled in a college degree program and in good academic standing, OR a recent graduate. Must have access to a reliable means of transportation and available for evening, weekend, and holiday scheduling. Ability to lift and carry at least 25lbs, spend up to 8 hours mostly on their feet, and tolerate outdoor working conditions. Ability to follow directions, work well as part of a team, and communicate effectively with the staff and general public. Enthusiasm for education, conservation, and the mission, goals, and values of The Raptor Trust Self-directed, organized, reliable, and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously Must be fully vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus While students in all areas of study are welcome to apply, preference may be given to students who have completed or are currently enrolled in relevant coursework including Ecology, Biology, and Animal Science related studies. Applications are due by March 10 th 2023. To apply, please submit an application, resume, and coverletter through our website at A selection of 2-3 references whom we may contact is optional. If you have any questions, please contact Amanda Cannizzo at
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Amanda Cannizzo
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