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Fairy-wren volunteer field assistant


The University of Melbourne





Last Date to Apply:

None provided
Open until filled


We are looking for field assistants to help monitor a colour-banded population of superb fairy-wrens near Melbourne, Australia for a study on animal personalities.


Two positions available:
1. Four-month minimum, commencing early September 2017
2. Three to four months, commencing early January 2018


Duties include catching birds for personality testing before and after the breeding season (Oct-Jan), and regular censusing of colour-banded birds during the breeding season, searching for and monitoring nests, behavioural observations, video analysis, and data proofing. Working days are long, with early starts six days a week. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must.


The study is based at Serendip Sanctuary, a small reserve with abundant birdlife on the outskirts of Melbourne.


Qualifications: mist-netting experience required (especially for position 2). Additionally, experience monitoring colour-banded birds and nest-searching is preferred (especially for position 1). Must also be early riser, physically fit, able to work in extreme weather conditions, and enjoy basic shared living conditions.


Onsite accommodation in a house with shared dorm-style room is provided, but assistants cover travel to the site and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to AU$750/mo towards receipted food and travel expenses.


For more information contact: Timon van Asten (t.van@unimelb.edu.au). To apply, please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees that are familiar with your mist-netting and/or nest-searching experience.