We are looking for field assistants to help monitor nests of a small bird, large-billed gerygone for PhD project. The main objective of this research is to gain a better understanding, and breeding ecology of large-billed gerygone, and the coevolution between large-billed gerygone and little bronze-cuckoo. Research will be conducted in Cairns region, Queensland, Australia. We will be based in Cairns city, and travel to several sites in this area. Volunteer field assistants are needed from Aug. 01 to Dec. 15, 2017 for full period, or for a short period (Aug. 01 - Sep. 30 or Oct. 01 – Dec. 15, 2017). The exact dates flexible but need to be around this time.
Overall duties will include nest searching and filming, collection of feather samples, behavioral observations, and data entry. Previous experience with fieldwork is highly desired, and nest searching experience is also preferred, but not required. The large-bill gerygone build nests over the water, and the height of nests varies from 1m to 5m. The study site is rugged, hot, and venomous snakes and ticks are quite common. Working days are long, with early starts, six days a week. Therefore, applicants must have enough physical strength to walk along the creek with a heavy ladder, withstand harsh conditions at the site, and maintain a positive and energetic attitude despite long hours in hot and humid conditions. Work schedules and duties will vary, so flexibility is a must.
Food and housing will be provided. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Moreover, assistants will enjoy fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities (Wallabies, platypus, koalas, kookaburra, etc.), proximity to Queensland rainforest and the surrounding area of Cairns.
To apply, send a cover letter detailing interests, previous relevant field research experience, dates of availability and a CV as well as a list of names and contact information for 3 referees to Hee-Jin Noh (firstname.lastname@example.org).