Volunteer research assistants for a project on the exploration behaviour of Red Knots at NIOZ (Texel, The Netherlands) ~ Bioblogia.net

23 de agosto de 2016

Volunteer research assistants for a project on the exploration behaviour of Red Knots at NIOZ (Texel, The Netherlands)

The department of Coastal Systems at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ) on Texel, the Netherlands (see: https://www.nioz.nl/science-departments-en), is seeking volunteers to assist in field-based lab experiments from the 1st of October 2016 to the 31st of March 2017.

Knot in experimental arena during observational trial. © Photo credit: Jan Wijmenga
These assistants will work as part of an ongoing study on the ontogeny of personality of Red Knots (Calidris canutus) carried out at our experimental shorebird facility at the NIOZ.

Work will include:

1) The live-scoring of individual behaviour during exploration tests using open source event logging software

2) Data collection, entry and management

3) Collection of small mollusks (prey) on the mudflats

4) Catching knots from their holding cages and participating in general husbandry

Successful candidates must have experience in handling- and observing birds. Applicants should also be highly motivated and well organized, with capabilities of working both in a group and independently. Lab days can be long and applicants must be prepared to work during weekends and holidays.

The working language at the Institute is English, so good knowledge of the language is required. Assistants interested in these projects should be prepared to live on Texel for the duration of the project. Information about accommodations available at the NIOZ can be found here. The applicants should be aware that although food collection is outdoors the project evolves around captive animals and will be largely lab based.

The NIOZ is the National Oceanographic Institution of the Netherlands. The research emphasis of the NIOZ is on innovative, multidisciplinary and independent fundamental research in shallow coastal seas and in open oceans. The institute owns its own research vessels, laboratories and the large marine research equipment pool of which much is designed by the institute’s own technical department.

If you are interested in applying please apply (including your cv) via email to eva.kok@nioz.nl.

Eva Kok
Department of Coastal Systems
Landsdiep 4
1797 SZ 't Horntje (Texel)
The Netherlands

Potential support for the volunteers: 

"If a participant is a student (enrolled at a university) and is willing to do a master project instead we can offer some support in the housing on Texel.

This won't cover all housing expenses but for some people it will also be possible to apply for housing benefit in the Netherlands. Students often meet the criteria to be eligible for this benefit but for other people it's a bit more complicated since it depends on many factors like age and income.

For volunteers we are not aware of any funding possibility at hand but once we've found a suitable candidate we are willing to search for financial support (dutch funds) together."

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