VOLUNTEERS – AVIAN FIELD ASSISTANTS
30 October 2018
Agency: University of Groningen – Location: Lund, Sweden.
We are seeking two volunteers to help us collecting breeding and behavioural data in a population of Pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca) in south Sweden next spring 2019 (estimated start April 1st 2019 – end of June). This population of pied flycatchers is monitored for Conservation Ecology research by the University of Groningen (Netherlands). Our research focusses on two main topics: 1.) testing the role of dispersal in the process of adaption to climate change through experimental translocations from the Netherlands to Sweden, and 2.) investigating whether variation between populations in life history traits are determined by genes or environment through the monitoring of a “common garden” of birds of different genetic origins. 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 (scoring spring arrival & identification by colour rings), setting up experimental equipment, data entry and data management, and caring for captive birds. The work may include a short period of field work in the Netherlands, as several trips there and back will be undertaken by a subset of the team to perform bird and egg translocations.
Candidates should have a BSc in Biology or a related field in preferably have proven experience with bird handling and/or behavioural observations in the field. Candidates should be highly motivated, willing to work independently, well organized and a valid drivers’ license is a plus. 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 (near Lund). Non-EU applicants should make sure that they eligible for extended stay in Europe.
Applications will be accepted until February 2019 or 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: firstname.lastname@example.org); Conservation Ecology Group, Groningen Institute for Evolutionary Life Science (GELIFES), University of Groningen, PO Box 11103, 9700 CC Groningen, The Netherlands; For more information about the lab visit: (URL: http://www.rug.nl/research/institute-evolutionary-life-sciences/ceg/).