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21 de julio de 2004

Ofertas y becas con aves

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST, GS-0486-09 ($40,454-$49,984/year), FULL-TIME, TERM APPOINTMENT, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, field research position to assist in monitoring the population status of the threatened Florida scrub-jay, beginning approximately 18 Oct 2004. Will assist research scientist examining long-term population status of the species on the Lake George and Seminole Ranger Districts of the Ocala National Forest. Duty station will be in Umatilla, FL. Applicants should have 1) Knowledge of the behavior, ecology, and habitat requirements of small birds, 2) Demonstrated skill in capturing, handling, banding, and measuring/weighing non-game birds, 3) Skill in organizing, sorting, and maintaining large, complex data bases, and processing them using computer software programs, 4) Ability to write well organized, cogent, articulate reports, and 5) Skill and experience in nest monitoring, observing and recording observations of avian behavior in the field, and in vegetation analysis. Experience in GPS and GIS preferred. Applicant must be able to schedule work assignments to accomplish stated objectives with little daily supervision. Regular and recurring working conditions include field work in hot, humid conditions and long hours during the nesting season. The position has the potential to last up to 4 years, depending on annual funding. We anticipate position will become open sometime in early August. The job announcement will be posted on http://www.USAJOBS.com. For additional information, please contact Dr. KAY FRANZREB (EM: Franzreb@utk.edu or Kfranzreb@fs.fed.us, PH: 865/974-0932).

POST-DOCTORAL RESEARCHER–PRBO Conservation Science seeks Post-Doctoral
Researcher: Modeling Effects of Riparian Restoration on Bird Communities. Starting Date: As soon as possible. Salary/Benefits: $40,000/year, full-time with medical/dental benefits (eligible to participate in 401k retirement plan after 6 months employment in good standing). Reports to: GEOFFREY R. GEUPEL, Director, Terrestrial Ecology Division. Location: PRBO’s Marin County, California offices; university affiliation possible if appropriate faculty sponsorship can be arranged. Term: One year with possible transition to permanent position, depending on funding and performance. Job Description: PRBO Conservation Science (PRBO) seeks a self-directed, motivated researcher who can contribute technically and conceptually to our Riparian Program. The position involves working with PRBO staff to develop and validate statistical predictive models relating various metrics of riparian bird communities to habitat, landscape features, hydrology, and management and restoration activities. The successful candidate will work with our quantitative ecologist, project leaders, and landscape ecologist on an 11+ year database to develop appropriate models to explain temporal and spatial variation in bird population parameters. The successful candidate will also assist in the design and analysis of other related projects of the Terrestrial Ecology Division. (S)he will take the lead on writing papers for submission in refereed journals and for presentation at scientific conferences and other forums. Applicants should have a very strong background in quantitative methods for ecological analysis and possess a Ph.D. (or M.S. with significant experience) in ecology, natural resource management, biometrics, or similar field. Required skills: Very strong statistical analysis background (experience with one or more of the following: generalized linear models, multivariate analysis, regression/classification trees, randomization and resampling techniques, distance-based sampling); Demographic analysis experience (including survival analysis, mark/recapture methods); Population-dynamic modeling; Public speaking and excellent communication skills; Strong
background in avian population ecology. Desirable skills (not required):
Familiarity with GIS software and spatial data sets (especially grid-based analysis); Programming experience (may be with statistical software); Knowledge of standardized bird and vegetation survey methods and protocols; Knowledge of riparian hydrology, vegetation and vertebrate communities;
Conservation planning. Application Process: Please send by e-mail a letter
of interest, curriculum vitae, two writing samples (reprints, preprints, etc.), and list of three references to TOM GARDALI tgardali@prbo.org.
PRBO: PRBO Conservation Science, founded as Point Reyes Bird Observatory in 1965, is a non-profit membership organization based in Stinson Beach, California. PRBO’s 120 staff and seasonal biologists work to conserve birds, other wildlife and ecosystems through scientific research and work throughout the West. The 2004 organizational budget is projected to be $5.4 million.

2 POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS, Washington University in St. Louis, Tyson Research Center. Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri invites applications for two [2] Postdoctoral Fellowships in Ecology, Environmental Sciences, or Evolutionary Biology to be based at the Tyson Research Center, a 2,000-acre tract of land located 20 miles from campus. The fellows will be responsible for developing research programs independently or in conjunction with Washington University faculty and involving undergraduates in research conducted at the Center. In addition, the fellows will be expected to teach one course during the school year. One fellow will teach Conservation Biology, and this position can start no later than 1 Jan 2005. The other fellow will teach a course to be determined later and can start no later than Jun 2005. More information on Tyson can be found at http://www.biology.wustl.edu/tyson/. Applicants should include a curriculum vitae and a statement of the research to be conducted at the Center, and arrange to have two letters of recommendation sent on the applicant's behalf. In addition, state which position and start time interests you
most, and what sort of flexibility you have. If applying for the second
position, also include a brief statement of the course you might teach. All materials should be sent electronically to JONATHAN LOSOS, Ph.D., (EM: losos@biology.wustl.edu), and to JON CHASE, Ph.D. (EM: jchase@biology2.wustl.edu). Applicant review will begin 31 July and
continue until the positions are filled. Washington University is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.

WETLANDS PROJECT LEADER AT ROCKY MOUNTAIN BIRD OBSERVATORY--The Wetland Monitoring and Evaluation Project (WMEP) Leader will join the research team at Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory (URL: http://www.rmbo.org), a non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of Rocky Mountain and Great Plains birds and their habitats. The WMEP is a progressive project that monitors wetlands conservation projects in Colorado. The main focus of the project is to track, document, and describe the biological effects of wetlands conservation projects that have been funded through the Colorado Division of Wildlife's Wetlands Program. The program has conserved over 100,000 acres of wetlands in the state through acquisition, easement, restoration, creation, and enhancement projects. The WMEP was initiated in 2001 to track projects, document baseline hydrologic, vegetative, and general habitat conditions, and assess projects over time. We also have developed detailed monitoring studies of breeding and migrating birds to quantify biological impacts on a subset of projects. The WMEP Leader will administer the project, participate in field studies, oversee staff, and represent the project to outside partners via meetings as well as in written reports and peer-reviewed publications. Experience with project leadership, database management, ecological monitoring, and statistical analysis is required. Preference for those with experience monitoring bird populations in wetland or riparian systems. This person must be detail oriented, possess excellent writing skills, and be an effective verbal communicator.
Duties: 1.) Build upon, maintain, and update a complex database of wetlands conservation projects, including data collected from funding processes, interviews, site visits, and biological monitoring over time. Manage and integrate data housed in GIS with relational database. 2.) Supervise and participate in ecological fieldwork statewide including general ecological site assessment (e.g., wetlands functions, habitat types and conditions, site management) and monitoring that include point-counts, waterfowl nest searching, marshbird surveys, and commensurate vegetation measures. 3.) Lead outreach activities for the project, including hosting and conducting meetings with partners to implement evaluation phase of project, representing the project in professional forums, and contacting public and private wetland managers for information regarding projects and to secure access for evaluations. 4.) Administer the project, including maintenance of budgets, creation of progress and annual reports and invoices, and hiring and oversight of personnel. 5.) Apply knowledge of study design, data management, and statistical analysis to the preparation of project reports and production of peer-reviewed scientific publications. 6.) Participate in fundraising activities such as writing proposals for continued project funding. Qualifications: 1.) M.S. in biological sciences or related field (or a B.S. with at least 2 years project management experience). 2.) Experience in designing and implementing ecological monitoring studies, conducting statistical analysis, managing large databases, and publishing peer-reviewed articles. 3.) Ability to articulate the significance of the project orally and in writing to a diverse set of partners, including private landowners and agency personnel. 4.) Willingness to travel to sites throughout the state (drives of up to 8 hours in length and stays up to a week, including camping). 5.) Ability to develop and manage both spatial and relational databases. 6.) Preferred experience surveying for wetland-dependent birds, including waterfowl. 7.) Preferred experience with botanical dichotomous keys and identifying wetland plants. 8.) Preferred familiarity with Colorado flora, avifauna, soils, and hydrology.
9.) Preferred proficiency in ArcView GIS software and MS Access. Starting salary will be between $28,000-34,000/year with full benefits, commensurate with experience. Position will be located in Fort Collins or Brighton, CO (your choice). RMBO offers a creative, stimulating work environment, participation in a great team, and opportunities for advancement. The position starts in Sep/Oct and is for at least 15 months; extension is contingent on acquisition of continued funding. To apply, send a letter of application explaining your qualifications, a resume or c.v., and three references to "WMEP Leader Search c/o ALISON CARIVEAU, RMBO, 1510 South College Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524 by 25 Aug; review of applications will commence mid-August and will continue until a candidate is identified. Hard copies of applications are required unless applicants are abroad. Address questions to Alison.Cariveau@rmbo.org or Matt.Reddy@rmbo.org.

WILDLIFE BIOLOGIST: Thunderbird Wildlife Consulting, Inc. is a small firm based in Gillette, Wyoming that specializes in energy related wildlife inventories, impact assessment, monitoring, mitigation, and research. We are seeking a self-motivated and resourceful biologist to join our team. Primary duties will include vertebrate wildlife inventories, habitat assessments, and associated data management and reporting for coal mine and natural gas development projects in the region. The successful applicant will possess a M.S. in wildlife biology or related field, strong writing and data management skills, a demonstrated ability to work independently, good birding skills, the ability to navigate using maps and GPS, some supervisory experience, fluency with WORD and EXCEL, familiarity with ARCVIEW, experience operating standard transmission 4WD trucks and ATVs, a valid drivers license, and binoculars. Experience with prairie dogs, mountain plovers, sage-grouse, raptors, other Great Plains avifauna, and regional vegetation would be helpful. The starting salary will be $2,300-2,600/month depending on experience. Health insurance will be offered after one year. The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and names and phone numbers of three
references to KORT CLAYTON, (EM: clayton@vcn.com, PH: 307-464-6757).

ANIMAL BEHAVIOR INSTRUCTOR--Hood College (Frederick, Maryland) - The Department of Biology seeks an instructor to teach an Animal Behavior course for the fall 2004 semester. This course is an upper-level elective for majors consisting of 3 hours of lecture and a 3-hour lab per week. For more information, please contact DR. KATHY FALKENSTEIN, Department Chair (PH: 301-696-3663, EM: Falkenstein@hood.edu).

RAPTOR CAPTIVE PROPAGATION SPECIALIST - Neotropical Raptor Center, Panama. The Peregrine Fund (TPF)/Fondo Peregrino-Panamá (FPP) operates the Neotropical Raptor Center in Panama, a facility designed for captive propagation, research, and species restoration of endangered tropical birds of prey. The center's activities are currently focused on the captive propagation of Harpy Eagles and Orange-breasted Falcons, but other species
may be added in the future. The Captive Propagation Specialist reports to
the FPP Director and TPF International Programs Director, and is responsible for the successful propagation of raptors and operation of the NRC. Responsibilities include: supervise an assistant propagation specialist and a staff of four to six technicians in food production and facility maintenance; provide and ensure expert care and management for all captive raptors at the NRC and at any related facilities in Panama; oversee and manage raptor propagation at the NRC to include: diet, feeding and management of raptors, incubation, and hatching, feeding, and rearing of young; provide young captive-hatched raptors to the release program manager at an appropriate age; oversee construction, maintenance, and management of NRC to include buildings, roads, grounds, utilities (routine and emergency), etc.; oversee and ensure that appropriate species and quantities of high quality, nutritious, disease-free raptor food is available at all times; ensure captive raptors are held and managed to minimize disease, disturbance, and stress while maximizing security, good health, and reproductive potential; obtain and manage captive raptors to meet the needs for releases and species restoration projects/programs; accomplish and cooperate in research on captive and released captive-hatched raptors. A minimum of four years, paid supervisory experience in a zoological facility with extensive experience with raptors is required. A four-year degree in zoology, biology, animal science or related field from a recognized college or university is required; Masters or Doctorate preferred. Candidate must have a working knowledge and understanding of the Animal Welfare Code of Ethics. Candidate must be fluent in English, conversant in Spanish, and comfortable functioning as an interpreter and spokesperson to visitors. Falconry experience is desirable. Compensation includes a salary commensurate with experience, on-site housing, health, and retirement benefits. Please send a cover letter, resume, and contacts for three references to: Search Committee: Propagation Specialist/Panama, The Peregrine Fund, 5668 West Flying Hawk Lane, Boise, ID 83709, USA, or by e-mail to tpf@peregrinefund.org with Subject: Propagation Specialist/Panama. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and the position will remain open until filled. The Peregrine Fund/Fondo Peregrino-Panamá is a Drug-Free
workplace. EOE

WILDLIFE SPECIALIST I - Willow Flycatcher Crew Leader, Wildlife Management Division / Nongame Branch/ Arizona Game and Fish Department, Limited Position/Phoenix Based, Salary Grade 17 ($27,627-$44,577), Job Announcement #37-04EDA. Closing Date 13 Aug 2004. Description of Duties: Supervises Wildlife Assistants engaged in field surveys and studies. Monitors and manages willow flycatchers. Gathers, analyzes, and interprets data. Writes progress and completion reports and briefing papers. Advises and acts on behalf of the Willow Flycatcher Coordinator and Nongame Birds Program Manager in implementing the Department's Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program and its component Nongame Birds Program within established policies and procedures. Recommends goals and objectives; organizes, conducts, coordinates and completes wildlife projects in the field and laboratory; adheres to work strategies; assists in development of budget requests; develops policy statements and position papers; supervises, evaluates, counsels and allocates Wildlife Assistants; ensures personal safety of self and Wildlife Assistants; ensures quality and timeliness of work products; maintains field and office equipment, including vehicles and watercraft; writes and disseminates information and publications; maintains communications with cooperators from the public, government agencies and special interest groups; recommends improvements and changes in direction, etc. as appropriate to resource and Department needs of the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Program mission, goals and objectives; and implements program changes as directed. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The ideal candidate will have knowledge of biology of southwestern willow flycatcher and desert riparian systems and the ability to collect field data accurately and efficiently. The candidate must have a Bachelor's degree in a wildlife science or a closely related field from an accredited college or university. How to Apply: A Wildlife Series application Form #007 may be obtained by calling the applicant line (PH: 602-789-3321), or through our web site (URL: http://www.azgfd.com). A completed application, a current resume and college transcripts (unofficial or photocopies are accepted) must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on the closing date by Department, 2221 W. Greenway Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85023, Attention: Human Resources, indicating the correct Announcement Number. Permanent or limited permanent Game & Fish employees applying must submit a current resume, accompanied by a Wildlife Resume Supplement Form 9021, no later than 5:00 p.m. on closing date. An equal opportunity, reasonable accommodations employer, the Arizona Game and Fish Department complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. If you need accommodation in the employment process or this document in an alternative format, please contact our office at (602) 789-3326 or TTY 1-800-367-8939, prior to the closing date of the job in which you are interested. We stand in support of equality for and advancement of all people based on their qualifications and actions alone without regard to color, gender, age, religion, national origin, or disability.

OUTDOOR AVICULTURIST - The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is currently seeking an energetic person to fill an immediate full-time position. This job includes daily care of over 500 avian residents in a fast paced environment. Wildlife/ biology/ or vet tech background or experience required. Direct interaction with volunteers and public. Must be able to handle hot, dirty outdoor conditions and lift 50 lbs. Responsibilities include food prep., feeding, behavioral observations, volunteer relations, positive public interactions, and general/ ground maintenance. Must be willing to work weekends and holidays. Salary is comparable to that of a non-profit organization. Full benefits package including health, dental and life
insurance offered after 1 year. Email Suzanne@webcoast.org. Please send
resume: Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores, Fl
33785, Attn: SUZANNE SAKAL

ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR THE STUDY OF SATIN BOWERBIRDS–Volunteer field assistants are needed for the study of mate choice in satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhyncus violaceus). Assistants will primarily help to observe behavior at bowers. The study site is in Northern New South Wales, Australia. This is the continuation of a study of mate choice that began over 20 years ago and which follows the success of male bower holders. The field season will run from mid-September through late December. Assistants must arrange for travel to the field site; we will provide food and lodging at the site. Tasks assistants will perform include locating bower sites and clearing trails, monitoring the behavior of birds at bowers with infrared sensing equipment and camcorders as well as by direct observation. The work is very physically demanding and assistants must be focused on this project and flexible in their requirements. Interested applicants should send (preferably electronically) cover letter, resume, and e-mail addresses of three references to: J-F SAVARD (EM: jsavard@umd.edu), Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4415 (PH: 301-405-6943, FX: 301-314-9358)

VOLUNTEER POSITIONS ON COASTAL ISLANDS available during fall 2004 (20 August
- 28 October 2004) to help the Atlantic Bird Observatory monitor migration. Our research stations are located on two islands off southern Nova Scotia, Canada. Bon Portage Island is an Important Bird Area and supports a very large Leach's Storm-Petrel colony (over 50,000 breeding pairs). Seal Island is well known by birding communities as being a hotspot for vagrants. The main focus of our research is dedicated towards monitoring passerine migration. However, there are also raptor, seabird, seaduck, shorebird and waterfowl movements detected. This research involves daily mist-netting, banding and census. An intensive training period on mist-netting, handling techniques and banding is included. Applicants should have a basic knowledge of biology and ornithology, a willingness to work long hours while living in remote field camps, and be able to work well with others. For long-term volunteers (more than one month) food and accommodations are provided. For short-term volunteers (less than one month) there is a $10/day charge for food and housing. To apply send a resume to TRINA FITZGERALD, Atlantic Bird Observatory, Acadia University, Dept. of Biology, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Canada B4P 2R6, or fax: 902-585-1059, or email: trina.fitzgerald@acadiau.ca. Please see our website for more details on the position and application requirements: http://landscape.acadiau.ca/abo/ or contact Trina Fitzgerald for more information.

BIRD BANDING INTERNS (8) needed for MAWS (Monitoring Avian Winter Survival) program using MoSI protocol. The MoSI (Monitoreo de Sobrevivencia Invernal Monitoring Overwintering Survival) program was established to monitor the overwintering survivorship of Neotropical migratory landbirds in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean. The MAWS program uses the MoSI protocol to monitor wintering landbirds in the southeastern United States. Interns will be paired with a partner to run six MAWS stations on one of four military installations located in NC, GA, and AR. Prior mist-netting and banding experience is strongly desired but not strictly required. All internships include an intensive 11-day training period in mist-netting, banding, aging, and sexing small landbirds. Good physical condition and an ability to tolerate sometimes difficult field conditions and pre-dawn mornings are required. Dates of internship: 12 Oct 2004 to 21 Mar 2005. Interns will be given an 11-day holiday break, extending from 23 Dec 2004 to 2 Jan 2005. Priority will be given to applicants available for the entire internship, but applicants who are available for only the first or second half of the internship will be considered. Shared housing and a per diem for food and other out-of-pocket expenses of $20 per work day for a total of 110 work days ($2,200 for the entire season) will be provided. Interns willing to use their vehicle for travel to the work sites are especially needed. Mileage will be reimbursed at $0.30 per mile for all work-related travel. To apply, send a completed MAWS application form and a current resume with references to DENISE JONES (EM: djones@birdpop.org) at The Institute for Bird Populations, P.O. Box 1346, Pt. Reyes Station, CA, 94956. Application materials and more information are available on our website (URL: http://www.birdpop.org). Positions are open until filled. For more information, call Denise (PH: 415-663-1436).

FIELD ASSISTANTS – THE KIMBERLEY, AUSTRALIA.- We need 4 easy going, experienced, capable and enthusiastic people to help us work on the conservation biology of the endangered Gouldian Finch, Erythrura gouldiae. The study site is located in the Kimberley at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary. The Kimberley is a rugged, remote and beautiful part of north-west Western Australia. The project is being run by an Australian NGO called the Australian Wildlife Conservancy (see http://www.australianwildlife.org).
There are four positions available. They involve bird trapping, color-banding, radio-tracking, population censusing, and field observations. Two of the positions will run from early Sep 2004 to late Feb 2005, and the other two will be of shorter duration from early Sep 2004 to late Nov 2004. Preference will be given to people who can stay for at least 2 months. For all positions there is a 2 week probation period. The stipend for each position is $1100 per month (Aussie dollars). We will provide transport between Mornington and Broome at the start and end of the work period (provided you stay for 2 months). Accommodation is a basic, but comfortable bush camp with tents and a camp kitchen. The following qualities and experience are essential: mist netting and bird banding skills (or the ability to rapidly acquire); excellent bird observation skills; the desire to work in remote locations often in difficult conditions (extreme heat and wet); the ability to work independently and in a group under the direction of the Managers of Research and Conservation, and; a good sense of humor and initiative. Please send your CV to Sarah.Legge@anu.edu.au. Include the contact details of two referees.

REFUGE INTERNS are needed now through the end of the fall season (flexible starting dates) at Santa Ana National Wildlife Refuge. Santa Ana NWR is located in extreme south Texas on the border with Mexico in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, approximately 1 hour from Brownsville/South Padre Island. Santa Ana NWR and other associated Refuges in the South Texas Refuge Complex protect subtropical flora and fauna, including 4 species of wild cats, 300+ species of butterflies and 400+ species of birds. Duties will focus on: control of invasive and exotic plants; wetland and forest management; butterfly garden installation and maintenance; native plant propagation; assisting with visitor services; maintenance of Refuge trails, facilities and vehicles; and data entry. Interns receive up $12/ work day and free housing and laundry on the Refuge. Personal transportation is desirable, but transportation to town for groceries, etc. can be arranged for those who lack their own means of travel. Sorry, but we can only accept applications from U.S. citizens. Please contact TY BENALLY (PH: 956-784-7542 , EM: ty_benally@fws.gov).

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANTS needed for an applied ecological study of rainforest regeneration in Ecuador’s coastal Reserva Ecológica Mache-Chindul. (3-4) Positions in our research team are open from early Sep 2004 through Apr 2005. This 70,000-hectare reserve is the largest remaining tract of Chocó forest in Ecuador and possesses a truly spectacular range of diversity in both flora and fauna, many of which are endemic. We will experimentally determine the ecological factors that pose the greatest obstacles to the transition from secondary to primary forest in order to modify current reforestation practices to work synergistically with natural regeneration processes. The ultimate goal of this work is to provide a framework for the slated implementation of wildlife corridors among the 3 remaining large tracts of Chocó forest through reforestation, thus increasing the long-term ecological sustainability of this unique area. Fieldwork will include seed trap collections in primary and secondary forest, seed identification, seed additions to experimental plots, maintenance of seed traps and experimental plots, seed predator experiments, creation of seed and seedling vouchers, and vegetation transects. We will live at a very remote field station (Bilsa Biological Station; a 13 km hike through knee-deep mud from the last road to civilization) and share “rustic” accommodations (bunk beds, mosquito nets, no electricity, and one heck of a beautiful shower spot) with other researchers and international reforestation volunteers. Applicants should be in excellent physical condition as the terrain is muddy and steep and our days will be long. We will work 20 consecutive days each month with 10-day breaks for mental sanity. Prior field experience in the tropics, knowledge of plant identification, and Spanish skills are a plus, while the ability to work as a team player, lunatic determination, and a sense of humor are fundamental. I will cover field station expenses and provide necessary field equipment, but volunteers must pay for their own transportation to and from Quito plus living expenses while not working (~10 days/month). I ask for a minimum commitment of 4 months from field assistants, however, opportunities to work for shorter periods may also be possible for assistants that can pay their own station fees ($10/day). This is an ideal opportunity for individuals that want to make a tangible contribution to conservation while gaining tropical field experience. To apply, please send a brief letter of interest, CV, and the contact information for 3 references to AMY ROGERS (EM: arogers@ucla.edu).

TWO GALAPAGOS RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS are needed for assistance with a PhD project studying the mating system of the Galápagos Mockingbirds, Espanola Island. Fieldwork extends from Jan to May, 2005. It involves color-banding birds, finding and observing nests, recording social interactions and behaviors of territorial birds. It is expected that the volunteers will have strong work ethics, experience working under rough and isolated conditions, observing bird behavior, identifying color-marked individuals, and interest in behavioral ecology and evolution. Maturity, self-motivation, an out-going personality, and experience working with international teams composed of researchers of diverse backgrounds are also important. Spanish is a plus but not essential. International volunteers are responsible for paying their own travel to and from the Galápagos. The fieldwork requires camping at a single location in the south-eastern tip of Espanola Island, Punta Cevallos. All general camping gear, except for personal items and binoculars will be provided. Logistic support while at the field is provided by the Charles Darwin Research Station. The reward of providing research assistance at the famed Galápagos Archipelago is not only working in a breathtakingly beautiful site but also the privilege of working up-close with Galapagos avifauna. Please address your application to ILONKA VON LIPPKE, University of California, Los Angeles, not later than 1 Nov 2004 by e-mail (EM: ilonka@ucla.edu); including the following information: 1) A cover letter stating your interest and skills; 2) A resume, including your e-mail address; 3) Your understanding of the conditions and cost; 4) Three references (including phone numbers, e-mail addresses and association).

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