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  • Avian Field Research Assistant: Breeding Ecology and Cuckoo Parasitism in Daurian Redstarts in China

    • Employer: Beijing Normal University
      Location: Dagang Forest Farm, Jilin Province, in Northeast China
      Country: China
      Last Date to Apply: 03/19/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes



    We are looking for volunteer field assistants for our study on the breeding ecology and cuckoo parasitism in  Daurian Redstart Phoenicurus auroreus from April 1 to July 30, 2019. The project will be conducted in Dagang Forest Farm, Jilin, Jilin Province, in northeast China. Volunteers are expected to assist in mist-netting adults, searching nests, checking nest boxes, monitoring the breeding process and conducting experiments, etc. During the process, volunteers will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many bird species of northeast China (e.g. Ural Owl, Black Woodpecker and Red-crowned Crane and so on), and experience Chinese food, tradition and culture.

    The project will cover all work-related expenses during the volunteering period (i.e. housing, foods, and traffics, etc.), but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China.



    1. Strong interest in wildlife research, especially birds and animal behaviors; 

    2. Previous experience with birds is preferred, but not essential (basic training, such as mist-netting and behavioral observation, will be provided).

    3. Be physically fit for field work and willing to work for long and irregular time in the field.

    4. Be used to Chinese diet and be willing to share rooms with other crew members.

    To apply:

    Please contact Jinggang Zhang at "zhangjg@mail.bnu.edu.cn". The application should include (1) a short CV, (2) the dates you will be available for the project, and (3) the names and contact information of at least two references.


    We are looking forward to you!


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