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    Field assistant

    • Employer: Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
      Location: Utqiagvik (former Barrow), Alaska
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 02/27/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    The Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Seewiesen, Bayern, Germany (see http://www.orn.mpg.de/2622/Department_Kempenaers), is seeking two

    field assistants

    to work from 1st June 2019 to 21th July 2019.

    The two assistants will work as part of a team of 11 people that study the reproductive biology of Red Phalaropes (Phalaropus fulicarius) and Long-billed dowitchers (Limnodromus scolopaceus) in Utqiagvik (former Barrow), Alaska.

    Work will include:

    ·         catching birds using mist nets and/or nest traps

    ·         measuring and banding birds

    ·         attaching GPS tags with a full-body or leg harness

    ·         detailed behavioural observations

    ·         nest searching

    ·         data entry and management

    Successful candidates must have experience in catching and handling birds, including experience in mist netting. Applicants should also be highly motivated and well organised, with capabilities of working both in a group and independently. Previous experience of work in remote field sites will be an advantage.

    Fieldwork in the short Arctic breeding season is intense and working hours can be long. Applicants must be prepared to work in all types of weather conditions, at any time (including weekends and holidays). Smart time management, attention to detail and effective communication skills are important attributes for this type of fieldwork.

    The working language in the team is English. A full, clean driver's licence is essential, with driving experience of at least one year.


    The successful applicants will be based in double rooms in housing for scientists, kitchen and common room are shared with other international researchers. Travel costs, lodging and board will be covered.


    Review of applications and calls for interviews will be at the end of January 2019. If you are interested in applying for one of the positions, please apply (including your CV) via email to jkrietsch@orn.mpg.de


    Johannes Krietsch

    Department of Behavioural Ecology and Evolutionary Genetics

    Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology

    Eberhard-Gwinner-Straße, House 7

    82319 Seewiesen


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