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  • Field Assistant: Fairywrens and mixed-species flocks in Australia

    • Employer: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
      Location: Brookfield Conservation Park
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are looking for field assistants for three inter-related projects based in Brookfield Conservation Park, South Australia, starting mid-August and lasting until mid-December. The team is led by Dr. Allison Johnson (postdoc, Shizuka Lab, University of Nebraska-Lincoln) , along with Laura Vander Meiden (grad student, Shizuka Lab) and Ian Hoppe (grad student, VanWormer Lab-UNL). Projects include: (1) long-term project on cooperative breeding in Purple-backed (formerly Variegated) and Splendid fairywrens, (2) a project on heterospecific communication and species roles in mixed-species flocks, and (3) a survey for avian malaria in a broad set of species. The field assistants would have the opportunity to learn and help with each of these projects.

    Qualifications: Field assistants will be helping with conducting point counts, behavioral observations, mistnetting, nest finding and monitoring. Previous experience with bird banding, landbird species identification, reading color bands, and nest finding are desired, though not required. Ability to live communally in rustic field housing and conduct strenuous field work in sometimes harsh conditions is a must. Valid passport required. 

    Compensation: All travel, food and housing  will be covered for the field assistants.

    Duration: mid-August to mid-December 2019

    Location: The study takes place at Brookfield Conservation Park, a remote conservation park in South Australia. Housing is rustic. There will be access to reliable internet about once a week in town. For more information on the study site, visit: https://www.parks.sa.gov.au/find-a-park/Browse_by_region/Murray_River/brookfield-conservation-park

    To apply for the position, please send a brief letter of interest (text in email is fine), CV and contact information for two references to Dr. Daizaburo Shizuka: dshizuka2@unl.edu. Review of applications will begin June 22nd and the position will be open until filled. We will be off internet between June 17-22nd. If you have questions about the field work during that time, contact ianr.hoppe@gmail.com. We will also be at the AOS conference in Anchorage. If you are available to meet during the conference, please let us know!

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