Research Coordinator - San Diego Zoo Institute For Conservation Research

San Diego Zoo San Diego , CA 92140

Posted 2 weeks ago

JAMBO!

It all began with a ROAR over 100 years ago!

San Diego Zoo Global is a conservation organization dedicated to the science of saving endangered species worldwide. San Diego Zoo Global operates three world-class facilities: the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Our organization's vision - we will lead the fight against extinction.

Help us to make a difference for wildlife and begin your adventure with a career at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Join the dedicated crew who are passionate about what they do and strive to create unforgettable experiences for our guests. Share your knowledge, skills and commitment to provide GRRREAT Customer Service and be a part of the ROAR with San Diego Zoo Global!

"Put Your Passion For Wildlife to Work"

Location

  • Recovery Ecology Team

  • Hawaii

Duration

  • Temporary, approximately 6 months but no more than 12 months

Positions Available

  • 1

Attire

  • The Society has a very conservative grooming policy. Tattoos may not be visible or must be appropriately covered while on duty. Jewelry may be worn if it does not detract from a well-groomed look or create a safety hazard. No facial or tongue piercing.

Amenities

  • This position will work in Hawaii and is under the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research department which is located about 40 minutes north of downtown San Diego, in San Pasqual Valley, Escondido CA. It is adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This adventure offers ZOO Perks which include discounts on food/premium products, free and discounted admission to local attractions, and accrual of vacation and sick time (exception for some grants and Summer Fellowships).

(Non Union Position) Salary is commensurate with experience

Job Requirements:

The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is seeking a Research Coordinator to supervise the team and operations for the release of Palila into the wild on Mauna Kea, Hawai'i Island.

The successful applicant will oversee the daily activities and associated resources of the small team. These activities include caring for birds before release into the wild, tracking and observing birds in a wet forest environment, and maintaining infrastructure and equipment. The Research Coordinator will also be responsible for hiring, training, and supervising staff, interns, and volunteers; conducting detailed record-keeping and data management; conducting quality control of the team's activities, and other duties, as needed. The Research Coordinator will communicate directly with, and report to, the Conservation Program Manager.

Representative qualifications for this position are: a Bachelor's degree in the sciences, professional experiences supervising team members, five or more years of professional experience conducting conservation management and restoration activities, previous experience conducting radio telemetry tracking, nest searching, and color band resighting of small forest birds.

The successful applicant will have a strong ability to multi-task; be detail-oriented, self-motivated, and organized; possess strong management and team-building abilities; be in good physical condition and enjoy working outside; and possess strong communication, time management, and problem solving skills.

The start date for this position is January 2019. Scheduled hours will be approximately a minimum of 40 hours/week. This is a temporary position.

All newly hired animal care staff and educators with responsibility for regularly caring for collection animals are REQUIRED to complete and pass (4) on-line prerequisite classes prior to reporting to their department. Human Resources will schedule this training as part of the on-boarding program. For current employees transferring into an animal care department, these classes MUST be completed and passed prior to the transfer.

Pre-requisite courses include:

  • Zoonotic Disease Prevention and Bio-Security

  • Working Safely With Dangerous Animals

  • Government Regulations and Compliance (USDA/OSHA)

  • The Fundamentals of Animal Learning

Passing grade for classes is 90%

One of the essential functions of this position is the ability to drive a SDZ Global vehicle. If you are offered employment in this position, you will be asked to authorize SDZ Global to access your current driving report through the DMV's Employer Pull Notice Program. Your hiring for this position will be contingent on SDZ Global receiving an acceptable driving report from you. In addition, your continued employment in the position will depend on you maintaining an acceptable driving record. You may obtain a list of conditions that disqualify a person from driving an SDZ Global vehicle from a Human Resources Representative . (Post 12/26/18)

Deadline to submit application: Sunday, December 30, 2018

San Diego Zoo Global is a smoke-free workplace

THIS EMPLOYER PARTICIPATES IN E-VERIFY

SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOABL IS AN EEO/AA/DISABILTY/PROTECTED VETERAN EMPLOYER

Job Requirements:
PRIMARY PURPOSE

The Research Coordinator performs all job assignments with a positive attitude that reflects San Diego Zoo Global's mission and vision of connecting people to wildlife and conservation and pursues green/conservation practices when feasible. The Research Coordinator conducts assigned research activities and oversees research operations in a specialized area of biological science. This position reports to the Senior Research Coordinator.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

  • Oversees research collections of animals, plants, or biological samples

  • May provide lead guidance to assigned staff

  • Assists in the development of research plans

  • Reviews applicable literature

  • Develops, updates, and conducts research procedures

  • Oversees assigned laboratory, field, diagnostic, or research collection operations andfacilities

  • Develops, updates, and implements related procedures

  • Selects, processes, and maintains filing systems

  • Oversees maintenance and organization of research equipment

  • Maintains records, inventories supplies, and prepares necessary purchase requisitions

  • Documents, summarizes, and analyzes data

  • Oversees, trains, and instructs volunteers, students, and others in facility operations, animal care, and research procedures

  • Maintains a variety of contacts in order to respond to inquiries and requests

  • Effectively coordinate activities

  • Practices the GRRREAT Customer Service Standards

REPRESENTATIVE DUTIES

  • Carries out laboratory, diagnostic, or field research projects

  • Documents and interprets research results and revises procedures as necessary to achieve desired results

  • May assist in the preparation of grant applications and the administering of grants

  • May prepare technical reports and papers for publication

  • Make presentations to professional groups

  • May assist in developing, administering, and monitoring budgets

  • May consult/correspond with outside research collaborators

  • May serve on committees

  • May serve as a media contact for related research activities

ANCILLARY FUNCTIONS

Performs related duties and responsibilities as required.

QUALIFICATIONS

Examples of representative qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field or equivalent specialized training; considerable laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, or field experience; some assignments require certification and/or licensure; may require valid California driver license.

Knowledge of:

  • Assigned research operations

  • Recordkeeping

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively (written and oral)

  • Use and maintain research equipment

  • Prepare materials for publication

  • Assist in the preparation and administration of grants is desirable

  • Use word processing, spreadsheet, database, graphics, and desktop publishing systems

  • Work effectively with others

  • Competently perform the representative duties outlined above

  • Perform each essential job function at a high level

WORKING ENVIRONMENT

Possible exposure to radiation, zoonotic diseases, potentially hazardous chemicals, and biohazardous materials; may work outdoors with wild animals in varying weather conditions; some assignments are located in the field.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

May be required to move moderately heavy objects approximately 25-35 pounds; involves working with sharp instruments; may require travel.

ALL NEW HIRES ARE SUBJECT TO PASSING A DRUG SCREEN.

SOME EMPLOYMENT IS CONTINGENT UPON PASSING PRE-PLACEMENT TESTING.


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