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Avian Field Work Opportunities on Pacific Islands
Volunteer Technician 2018
TONGAN GROUND-DOVE TECHNICIAN IN AMERICAN SAMOA (U.S. Citizens ONLY): The Institute for Bird Populations (IBP) seeks one (1) volunteer field technician to assist in a long-term study on Tongan Ground-doves on Ofu and Olosega islands in American Samoa. This position lasts from April 1, 2018 to at least August 1, 2018 with preference for applicants who are interested in staying longer, as late as December 1, 2018. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and this position will be filled as soon as possible.
The position entails hiking long hours in a humid, tropical environment, and assisting with banding, telemetry, and blood and feather collection, among other related tasks which will help us improve our knowledge of this Endangered population. We are looking for enthusiastic, self-motivated individuals with experience in or an ability to work with a partner in a remote location, and a solid background in outdoor activities such as hiking, backpacking, camping, and fieldwork. Successful applicants will also need to be patient at times with a slow pace of life, and self-preoccupied as needed.
A U.S. passport valid for the duration of the position and a valid driver's license are required. We particularly encourage previous MAPS and TMAPS volunteers to apply. Roundtrip airfare to American Samoa from San Francisco and free shared housing will be provided in addition to a per diem of $40/day for every 8 out of 10 days of the field season. Internet will be available but may be spotty. The volunteer technician will be working alongside a full-time Tongan Ground-dove biologist. The team will be responsible for data collection in the field, liaising with Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources personnel in American Samoa, and submitting weekly updates to IBP's main office.
Submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references, preferably via email as a single attachment, to:
The Institute for Bird Populations
P.O. Box 1346
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
Phone: (415) 663-1436
Email: lhelton [at] birdpop.org
For more information, see our Pacific Islands Bird Conservation program page.