Become part of Hawaii’s conservation story

Internship Overview:

We are in search of passionate individuals interested in gaining experience in the avian care and seabird conservation field. Interns will be exposed to all aspects of the daily care of the translocated chicks with an emphasis on daily cleaning and food preparation. Interns will also gain training on seabird social attraction techniques and aspects of habitat restoration, including out-planting and predator control. Interns will go through and initial orientation to gain a basic understanding of avian husbandry in the conservation field and continue to refine these skills throughout the internship.  Interns will also shadow members of the PRC Animal Care team throughout the duration of the internship to learn through observation about avian care, feeding and holding techniques. Please keep in mind, due to the nature of this project and permitting restrictions, handling of the chicks is limited.  

Our Seabird Translocation Projects involves the social attraction and translocation of Laysan and Black-footed Albatrosses, Bonin Petrels and Tristram's Storm Petrels to create new colonies safe from sea level rise. More information on the project can be found at 


Essential Responsibilities

You will be based with our Seabird Translocation team for the majority of your internship.  Your responsibilities will include (but are not limited to):

  • Diet Preparation​
  • Daily and weekly cleaning tasks
  • Assisting in care of the translocated chicks
  • Field maintenance/ Habitat restoration
  • Animal Observations
  • Data Collection
  • Assisting in Educational Outreach
  • Assisting with the creating of the Seabird Restoration Database



  • Must have a great attitude, be willing to work hard and be an asset to our small team
  • Must be a self-starter and be self motivated
  • Must commit to staying the duration of the project (outlined below)
  • Must commit to 24 hours a week, 8 hours a day, typically starting between 6:30, 7:30 and 8:00 AM
  • Must have completed at least two years of undergraduate education in a Biology or Conservation related field
  • Must have strong communication skills and ability to interact with a diverse audience
  • Able to lift 50 pounds
  • May be asked to work holidays


Dates and Location

​Start Date: February 3rd 2020
End Date: July 1st 2020

Application Due Date:
Monday October 7th 2019​

Internship Location
You will be based with our Seabird Translocation Team at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Kahuku, Hawaii (1 hour from Honolulu)


Must commit to staying the duration of the project (outlined above)

Must commit to 24 hours a week, 8 hours a day typically starting between 6:30, 7:30 and 8:00 AM


Compensation and How to Apply

This is a non-paid internship, interns are responsible for all housing, transportation and living expenses. Credit for college work experience requirements can be given.

How to Apply:
Click here to submit your resume, cover letter and contact information for two references 

If you have any questions/ concerns or problems with your application please contact: with the subject heading, “Seabird Restoration Internship 2020”

Who is Pacific Rim Conservation?

Pacific Rim Conservation is a Hawaii-based 501(c)3 non-profit organization. We are a conservation organization whose primary focus is wildlife research and management, with a specialty in native birds. Our mission is to maintain and restore native bird diversity, populations, and ecosystems in Hawaii and the Pacific Region. We work together with local communities, government agencies, and other conservation organizations to achieve our goals; we are solidly a ‘boots on the ground’ organization. We do this by creating ‘islands’ within islands where predators have either been removed and excluded through fencing, or are controlled on a long term basis. We then work to restore the habitat in these areas, and in some cases, bring bird species back that are no longer found there through translocation and social attraction. Throughout all of our work, we actively conduct research to understand avian biology, and the ecosystem changes and benefits to inform future conservation actions. To date, we have published more than 115 peer-reviewed papers.


  • Posted On

    July 9, 2019
  • Closing Date

    October 20, 2019
  • Organization

    Pacific Rim Conservation
  • Location

    James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge, Kahuku
  • Position Type

For more information about Pacific Rim Conservation and this opportunity please visit our website at, contact us at Contact Phone or via email at

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