VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS (4-6) NEEDED FOR RESEARCH IN AUSTRALIA. ~ Bioblogia.net

17 de abril de 2007

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS (4-6) NEEDED FOR RESEARCH IN AUSTRALIA.

We are studying dispersal behaviour, social behaviour and gene flow in the
fragmented Eucalyptus woodlands of SE Australia. Volunteers are needed
from 25 July through 24 October 2007 to assist with field work primarily
on the brown treecreeper (Climacteris picumnus), a cooperatively breeding
passerine bird which is endemic to Australia. Duties will include:
mistnetting, banding, and blood sampling adults and juveniles; intensive
radiotracking of dispersing yearlings; and conducting behavioural
observations of colour-banded birds. Depending on additional funding,
there may be an opportunity for some volunteers to spend an additional 6-8
weeks assisting with research on other woodland species. Applicants must
be in good physical condition (there will be lots of walking and hill
climbing while carrying a diverse array of gear), capable of working
independently, and willing to work relatively long hours with one day off
per week. Prior experience with mistnetting, behavioural observation,
radiotracking, data entry, and driving 4WD vehicles is desirable but not
required. An enthusiasm for scientific research and the ability to live
and work well with diverse individuals are essential. This is an
excellent opportunity for recent graduates to gain experience conducting
field research before entering graduate school. Volunteers will need to
provide their own transportation to Canberra, Australia. Room and board
will be provided along with a small monthly stipend. Send a cover letter,
CV, and contact information for 3 references via e-mail (preferred) to
Erik.Doerr@csiro.au or via snail-mail to DRS. ERIK and VERONICA DOERR,
CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, GPO Box 284, Canberra, ACT 2601 AUSTRALIA.
Review of applications will begin on 15 April, but will continue to be
accepted until all positions are filled.

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