Volunteer Field Position in Bird Biology in Australia ~ Bioblogia.net

28 de enero de 2011

Volunteer Field Position in Bird Biology in Australia

Field research volunteers are needed from mid March-June/July 2011 as
part of a project investigating the behaviour, ecology and evolution
of breeding finches in northern tropical Australia.

This work will involve behavioural observations, nest inspections,
assisting with catching and processing birds, and building and
installing nest boxes. This fieldwork requires getting up before dawn,
and often spending 7-8 hrs per day (6 days/week) working in hot and
humid conditions (35-45C).

Essential requirements:
(1) Willingness to spend long days working in hot, humid conditions
(2) Ability to work in small teams, as well as independently
(3) Be hard-working, motivated and be able to carry out repetitive
work with quality and consistency
(4) Fluency in English

Preferable requirements:
(1) Previous fieldwork experience
(2) Knowledge in observing and handling birds
(3) Full driving licence
(4) 4 wheel-driving experience

This is a volunteer position, however, accommodation, food and travel
expenses will be covered within Australia. Additional subsidies for
travel costs to Australia may be available.

The study area is located near Wyndham, a very small and remote town
on the northern-most tip of Western Australia. Wyndham is situated in
the scenic Kimberley region (where much of the movie Australia was
filmed) and is renowned as Australia˘s hottest town (highest year
round average temperature) and home to a large diversity of birdlife
(as well as saltwater crocodiles). Our field station is located on the
estuary/port, and has all basic facilities, including accommodation,
kitchen, showers, and internet/phone reception.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter, CV, dates of
availability, and the contact information of two references to Dr
Sarah Pryke: sarah.pryke@mq.edu.au

Applications should be submitted as soon as possible, and will be
reviewed until the positions are filled.

Sarah Pryke

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