Wildlife Research Assistant (Internship): Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix Zoo
Phoenix, AZ
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Department: Field Conservation Research Department (FCRD) Supervisor: Field Research Project Manager Supervisees: None FLSA Status: Part Time, Seasonal, Non-exempt Hours: Up to 24 hours/week for 8 weeks in June & July; half in office, half optional from home. Starting Pay Rate: $17.00/hour Application Submission Deadline: 4/21/2023 General Statement: This part-time, paid internship focuses on managing the video data from a new wildlife camera project in the Pajarito Mountains, Arizona. The Pajarito project includes 30 cameras deployed from March to June 2023 to record wildlife (with a focus on mammals) along the US-Mexico border contending with increased human-influence, construction, and aridity in the region. The primary focus of this project is to capture the first photographic evidence of ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) in the Pajaritos. After initial training, the Wildlife Research Assistant (‘WRA’) will be responsible for all data management for the 30-camera project including, but not limited to, organizing, uploading, and sorting the wildlife photos. The WRA will also be exposed to the formal research process of question development, study design, data collection, and, potentially, data analysis, and writing. If the WRA is a student at Arizona State University in the School of Life Sciences, this research has the potential to continue into the Fall 2023 semester through the ASU-SOLUR program and could be taken on as an undergraduate thesis. Essential Duties: -Provide quality guest service to both internal and external guests by maintaining a WILD (friendly, helpful, positive and professional) working attitude and appearance. -Maintain and organize data from 30 cameras in the Pajarito Mountains, ensuring not to lose any data. -Properly manage Excel sheets and record metadata on camera locations and information collected in the field. -Successfully upload and back-up data to provided servers and website platforms. -Sort the videos by following instructions on Sanderson’s Camera Sweet method (resources provided) to transform the video data into usable-for-analysis information. -Identify native Arizona wildlife, especially mammals. -Participate in appropriate field conservation/research activities as assigned and as timing permits, under the supervision of Phoenix Zoo staff. This is by no means an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the job. Management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g. emergencies, changes in personnel, workload, rush jobs, or technological developments.) Additional Details/Requirements: -Applicants must upload a resume as well as a cover letter explaining interest in the position and any prior experience with conservation, research, field work, and/or animal husbandry. -Applicants must email an up-to-date copy of their unofficial university/college transcript to conservationjobs@phoenixzoo.org
-Current enrollment in a four-year degree track in life sciences with a minimum 30 credit hours completed; OR a four-year degree in life sciences completed within the last year. -Keen attention to detail and computer file/data management skills. -Ability to creatively troubleshoot technical issues and to problem solve. -Demonstrated interest in wildlife research and conservation. -Familiarity with Arizona wildlife - especially mammals. -Previous research and/or data management experience. -Ability to work well in groups and independently. -Ability to bend, stoop, crawl and walk on uneven surfaces. -Willingness and ability to participate in multi-day field work, including overnight camping in remote areas. -Ability to work indoors and outside, often in extreme weather conditions. -Ability to pass pre-employment background check and drug test.
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602-286-3800 Ext.7327
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