Pacific Pocket Mouse Research Assistant I - Seasonal - San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

15500 San Pasqual Valley Rd, Escondido, CA 92027, USA Req #3396
Thursday, May 9, 2024

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.

The Research Assistant assists with some or all of the following tasks: the gathering and analysis of research data from the laboratory or the field; attending to the needs of animals in managed care, plants, biological samples, and/or community members. This position reports to a Supervisor level or higher in the Conservation Science & Wildlife Health department.


  • Perform a variety of laboratory, diagnostic, animal care, educational, and/or field duties.
  • Collect, collate, maintain, process, and/or analyze records relevant to current projects (e.g., biological samples).
  • Prepare, arrange, and maintain records for sample and/or wildlife shipments.
  • Collect and record data utilizing spreadsheet and database systems.
  • Document, file, and maintain records.
  • Maintain supply inventories and prepares purchase requisitions.
  • Assist with repair and maintain of equipment and supplies.
  • Learn and master project or program processes.


San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is seeking an individual who is inspired to be a part of an organization that is committed to protecting wildlife around the globe. The ideal candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented, and able to work both independently and as a valued team member, able to follow detailed protocols, communicate effectively with team and partners, and be proactive in problem solving. The ideal candidate will have experience in husbandry and care of rodents ex-situ and field surveys in-situ. Ability to work under adverse conditions such as shifted night schedules, extreme temperatures, exposure to sun, wind, and varied terrain is highly valued as is experience with data management and operating a 4-wheel drive vehicle.


    • Some experience and/or certification in conducting laboratory or field-based research is preferred. 
    • Experience with science communication or interpretation of scientific concepts preferred. 


    • Bachelor’s degree in biology, zoology, botany, or a related field or equivalent specialized training required. 


    • Training in methodology and equipment used in the assigned area of biological research, animal care, diagnostics, social science, or science communication required.
    • Ability to operate moderately complex computer software programs required.
    • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing required.
    • Ability to attend to the needs of assigned research collections and/or community members required.
    • Ability to learn and perform data and sample gathering techniques required.
    • Ability to work effectively with others in a diverse environment and with diverse populations required.


  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program



  • Location: San Diego, CA
  • Position Type: Hourly Full-Time Non-Exempt Seasonal Position from June 10 through December 9
  • Hourly Range: $ 23.41 to $25.89

Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!


At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.


If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.


As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 


San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace.

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