Voluntariado de campo con aves en Nueva Caledonia ~ Bioblogia.net

3 de junio de 2024

Voluntariado de campo con aves en Nueva Caledonia

 Field assistants – Avian behavioural ecology New Caledonia

We are looking for 2-3 field assistants to work on avian behavioural ecology in New

Caledonia. The research is part of a long-term study on the co-evolutionary arms

race between the Fan-tailed Gerygone and the Shining Bronze-cuckoo conducted by

the Behavioural Ecology Group at the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish

Academy of Sciences (see Attisano et al, 2018 SciRep 8:10359; Attisano et al.,

2021, CurrZool, 67:653-663; Attisano et al., 2023, JAnimEcol, 92:30-43).

Postgraduate students are particularly encouraged to apply as there are possibilities

to develop research projects on co-evolutionary interactions, avian breeding ecology

and vocal repertoire and communication.

When: October - December 2024, exact dates and duration to be agreed.

Where: main island of Grande Terre, in managed nature reserve with tropical

savannah and dry forest habitats.

Duties: nest searching and monitoring, mist-netting and banding, data collection and

analysis, maintenance of field equipment. The full scope of tasks for prospective

M.Sc. students might vary depending on the specific research project.

Requisites: experience of behavioural research with wild birds in particular nest

searching, nest monitoring (including video monitoring), mist-netting, bird banding.

Additional training will be provided. Fieldwork is physically demanding (UV exposure,

heat, humidity, rain) therefore physical fitness, enthusiasm and self-motivation are

essential. Ability to work independently or as part of a team and to share living

spaces is also essential. Previous experience of working in the tropics, driving

license and knowledge of French are desirable.

Working conditions: 8-10 hours daily for 6 days a week on average, up to 10-12

hours during the peak of the breeding season with an early morning start (5-6am).

The project will provide accommodation and a weekly allowance to cover personal

food costs and living expenses. Selected applicants will need to arrange their own

travel to and from New Caledonia.

How to apply: send a single PDF named “NC2024_Assistant_NameSurname.pdf”

with CV, cover letter (max 1 A4 page) describing relevant experience and contact

details of 2 referees to aattisano@miiz.waw.pl. The initial deadline is 20/06/2024, but

positions are open until filled. Prospective postgraduate candidates should include a

short preliminary research proposal (max 1 A4 page). Only selected applicants will

be contacted and invited for an online interview.

For informal enquiries please contact: dr Alfredo Attisano (aattisano@miiz.waw.pl).

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