Joe Burnett


  • Endangered species restoration
  • Field program management
  • California Condor captive breeding
  • Avian monitoring
  • Geographic Information Systems


  • B.S. Wildlife Science, West Virginia University 1994


  • Ventana Wildlife Society, Salinas, CA
    • Senior Wildlife Biologist, Condor Program Coordinator 2005- Present 
    • Field Supervisor, Condor Program Coordinator 1996 - 2003
    • Field Technician 1993 - 1994
  • Assistant Curator, Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR  2003 - 2005
  • Wildlife Biologist, Kern River Research Center, Kern County, CA 1995-1996
  • Field Technician, West Virginia University,  Morgantown, WV 1991-1992


  • California Condor
  • Field Working Group
  • Search and Rescue Nest Entry Team Handler
  • First Responder


Joe first began working with Ventana Wildlife Society in May 1993 as a field assistant for the Bald Eagle Restoration Program in Big Sur, California. In 1996, Joe became field supervisor for the Condor Restoration Program and coordinated the first seven releases of condors in central California, six in Big Sur and one at Pinnacles National Monument. Joe left Ventana Wildlife Society in 2003 to start up Oregon Zoo's Captive Breeding Program for condors. His experiences with captive condors vastly broadened his knowledge base of the species. In 2005, Joe returned to coordinate the release effort once again. He began his field  studies of birds as an undergraduate in 1992 and now has over 20 years experience working with a variety of bird species.

Contact Joe Burnett

Contact Joe Burnett

Senior Wildlife Biologist, Species Recovery
Ventana Wildlife Society
19045 Portola Drive, Suite F1
Salinas, California  93908
Phone: (831) 455-9514


Service Area

Services provided in:
  • Fresno County, California
  • Kings County, California
  • Madera County, California
  • Mariposa County, California
  • Merced County, California
  • Monterey County, California
  • San Benito County, California
  • Stanislaus County, California
  • Tulare County, California
  • Tuolumne County, California