Avian volunteer field assistant - Lovely fairy-wrens, Australia
We are looking for one field assistant to help monitor a colour-banded population of Lovely fairy-wrens in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, for a research project on female ornamentation from University of Melbourne.
Time period: From August 25th to 25th September. Starting/ending date can
be adjusted but needs to be around this time. Assistant is expected to stay
a full month.
Location: Cairns region, Queensland, Australia. We will be based in Cairns
city but travel to several sites in the area.
The applicant will have the opportunity to enjoy the unique wildlife of
North Queensland and leisure time to visit Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef
or the world heritage rainforests.
Duties: Censusing of colour-banded birds, searching for and monitoring
nests, banding nestlings, behavioural observations while following birds,
assisting in behavioural experiments and target mist-netting. After
fieldwork video/photo analysis, data entry and other computer activities
will occur. Working days are long, with early starts, six days a week.
Qualifications: Experience resighting colour-banded birds, following birds
in dense canopy, nest-searching, bird handling skills, mist-netting,
banding and behavioural observations. Must also be early riser, physically
fit, able to work in extreme weather conditions (hot, humid, and occasional
tropical rain), maintain a positive attitude and enjoy shared living
conditions. Good knowledge of English is a must. Applicant must be able to
work independently and have great hearing and vision. Enthusiasm,
self-motivation, organisation, and a strong work ethic are a requisite.
Compensation: Free onsite accommodation is provided, but assistants cover
travel to Cairns and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to
AUD$750 for the month towards receipted food and travel expenses (including
airfare) to Cairns.
For more information contact: Ana Leitao (firstname.lastname@example.org). To apply,
please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research
experience, availability and a CV including names and contact information
for 3 referees.