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  • Avian Field Assistant Volunteer: Pied flycatchers Sweden

    • Employer: University of Groningen
      Location: Lund, Sweden
      Country: Sweden
      Last Date to Apply: 04/20/2021
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Avian Field Assistant Volunteer: Pied flycatchers Sweden (reopened due to previous applicant not being able to travel)

    DUE TO COVID-19: Please consider carefully whether you will be able to travel to Sweden

    We are seeking one additional volunteer to help us collect breeding and behavioural data in a population of pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) in south Sweden this spring 2021 (estimated start April 23rd 2021 – end of June; but flexible under discussion). This population of pied flycatchers is monitored for Conservation Ecology research by the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Our research investigates whether differences between populations in life history traits are determined by genes or environment. For this, we have created an experimental “common garden” of wild birds of different genetic origins. Arrival timing, timing  of breeding, reproduction, migration timing and wintering sites are all measured through nestbox monitoring, adult catching, and geolocator tracking. The volunteer positions will be embedded in an international research team consisting of a PhD and MSc students. Duties include intensive nest monitoring, bird handling (ringing, measuring), mist netting, behavioral observations (identification by colour rings), setting up experimental equipment and data entry.



    Candidates should preferably have a BSc in Biology or a related field. Ideally, candidates would have experience with bird handling and/or behavioural observations in the field. However, we are open to accept unexperienced volunteers, and even bird watching skills are an immense advantage. Above all, candidates should be highly motivated. Field work will involve long hours and work in the weekend while still maintaining a positive attitude. We will provide housing in the lovely field site in Skåne, Sweden. At least half the food costs are covered, and possibly more (depending on pending grant decisions).



    Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and should include (1) a statement that highlights relevant experience, and (2) a short resume or CV and contact information for references (up to 2). Send applications to: Koosje Lamers (email: k.p.lamers@rug.nl). For more information about the lab visit: (URL: http://www.rug.nl/research/institute-evolutionary-life-sciences/ceg/).

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