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Summer Biologist-Educator Assistant

Job Type: full-time temporary position

Location: California

Posting Date: 12 Feb 14

Closing Date: 2 May 14

Audubon California’s 4000-acre Starr Ranch Sanctuary announces a summer education assistantship as part of our Starr Ranch Field Ecology Programs, which connect people of all ages to nature through participation in wildlife research (see Primary responsibility will be to assist instructors during our summer program for children ages 8 - 13, Starr Ranch Junior Biologists (SRJB). The assistant will help with setup for research-based programs that simulate what it’s like to be a wildlife biologist and might work with small groups of kids on some facet of a wildlife research simulation or week long study.

In the summer program, kids participate in the scientific process through observation, exploration, and field research during a series of week-long sessions. SRJB I kids explore native ecosystems and have fun with some of the techniques scientists use to study wildlife. In SRJB II, children participate in ecological research as they identify simple research questions, learn techniques for answering questions, and collect data. SRJB III is offered for older children ages 10 - 13, who camp at the Ranch and intensively study the animals and ecosystems introduced in SRJB II. Assistants must be willing to do the work necessary to support the summer kids programs: work with small groups on some aspect of a simulated or actual wildlife research study, lead nature walks; purchase, design and construct instructional materials; and help with setup and clean-up. Assistants might also be asked to help with other aspects of Ranch activities: maintenance, weed control, office work. The Assistantship runs from June 2 through August 1.

Salary: $360 per week, plus housing (private room).

Qualifications: College graduates in biology or ecology, with a strong interest in integrating ecological research into education. The applicant must enjoy working with children.

To Apply: Application is online via the confidential Audubon career center at Please use this link to upload a cover letter addressed to Dr. DeSimone stating career goals and also a résumé. Two letters of recommendation can also be sent by references to: Dr. Sandy DeSimone, Director, Research and Education;; fax (949) 858-1013.The most qualified candidates will have a phone interview. For questions:


Contact Information:

Sandy DeSimone
Audubon Starr Ranch Sanctuary
100 Bell Canyon Rd.
Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679

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