Behavioral Ecology Volunteer Research Assistant

Organization: San Diego Zoo Global (AZA Member)
Location: Escondido, CA, United States
Job or Internship: Job

Behavioral Ecology Volunteer Research Assistant

Deadline to apply: Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Applications must be submitted online by 9:30pm Pacific Standard Time

The Behavioral Ecology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research has an opening for an unpaid volunteer research assistant. The position will include collecting behavioral data, assisting with hormone assays, data entry and various other tasks as assigned. Representative species include cheetahs, elephants, and tigers but could change depending on project needs.

Qualifications include a bachelor's degree in biology, psychology or related field. Candidates must be responsible, self-motivated and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Previous experience conducting behavioral research or running hormone assays is preferred.

The volunteer position will run for approximately six months between January 6, 2014 and June 27, 2014. Typical schedule will include working 8:00 am to 4:30pm five days a week (flexible if discussed in advance) including some weekends. The position will be physically demanding at times requiring outdoor work in a variety of temperatures and conditions. While the position is unpaid, this opportunity is ideal for those interested in the fields of conservation or animal welfare. The skills and abilities gained during this experience can be beneficial in applying for future positions or graduate school.

Volunteers are responsible for their own food, lodging, and transportation throughout their time in the area which will include collecting data at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park (Escondido, CA).

To apply, please send a resume, one letter of recommendation, and a one page summary of what you hope to gain from this experience to Lance Miller ( and in the subject line note - Volunteer Research Assistant. Due to the competitive nature of this position and number of applications please do not email with questions or inquiries.