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    Expenses paid volunteer field assistant Kimberley Region

    • Employer: Macquarie University
      Location: Kununurra, Western Australia
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: 03/07/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Expenses paid field assistant position to study the breeding ecology in the long-tailed finch hybrid zone in the Kimberley region of Australia, March-June 2020

    For the upcoming field season (~8 March to mid-late June 2020) I am looking for an expenses-paid field assistant for my PhD project studying breeding behaviour of long-tailed finches in their genetic hybrid zone. The Kimberley is an iconic but challenging area in the northern tropical savanna of Western Australia – it consistently reaches very high temperatures, but has amazing local wildlife, including rich and unique birdlife, and beautiful landscapes.

    We are interested in the breeding behaviour and patterns where the two subspecies of long-tailed finch come into contact and will be monitoring breeding in nest-boxes set up around Kununurra township. We will collect an array of data, including banding adults and chicks, collecting blood and sperm samples, measuring body morphology and bill colour, recording songs, and possibly performing some behavioural experiments. The work will be demanding, requiring long hours spent outside often in the heat, precision in handling birds and recording data, and ability to work in a close-knit team. We can provide training for the most crucial procedures, but bird handling experience or previous field experience would be highly valuable. That said, enthusiasm and a positive attitude are the most important attributes someone could bring to the team. We will alternate between staying in a caravan park in town or in a national park close by. The costs for accommodation and travel around the field site will be paid for, as well as domestic travel to the field site – if you would be travelling from further afield, we can discuss possibilities on a case by case basis.

    Applications should include a CV, a short letter of motivation (1/2 A4 page) and the name of two referees and can be sent to Callum McDiarmid at callum.mcdiarmid@hdr.mq.edu.au, and will reviewed as they are received, until the position is filled.

    Please do not hesitate to email through any further questions.

    Callum McDiarmid (callum.mcdiarmid@hdr.mq.edu.au)

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