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    • Employer: Beijing Forestry University
      Location: China
      Country: China
      Last Date to Apply: 01/10/2018
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are looking for 1-2 volunteer assistant for a field study of a Japanese tit (Parus minor) population located in central China from March 1 to June 20, 2019. The Japanese Tit used to be a subspecies of the great tit and has now been treated as an independent one. The focus of the project is to look at how personality traits are related to breeding performance. Volunteers are expected to assist in observing the behaviors, identifying color-ring-banded individuals, checking nest-boxes, searching nests in natural cavities, mist-netting the tits and conducting experiments, etc. The project will be conducted in the Dongzhai National Nature Reserve in central China. Together with a team working on black-throated and silver-throated tits, volunteers will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many bird species of central China, and experience Chinese 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.

    Qualifications:

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

    2. A background in biology, ecology or a related field. 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.

    5. A minimum stay of two months (those staying longer will be preferred).

     

    To apply:

    Please contact Gaoyang YU at "rikimaruyu@bjfu.edu.cn". The application should include (1) a short resume or CV, (2) the dates you will be available for the project and (3) the names and contact information of at least two references.



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