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  • Field assistant required for bird breeding season for 2.5-3 months (casual rate, Unimelb scale)

    • Employer: University of Melbourne
      Location: Canberra
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field skills, and experience in research and data collection. The focal species for these studies will primarily be superb fairy-wrens and yellow-rumped thornbills.

    Field site: Campbell Park, located a 10-minute drive from the city centre in Canberra, Australia. Fieldwork has been conducted at this site for 20 years so data collected will contribute to a long-term dataset.

    Details: The field assistant will be part of a small team of researchers and students, who will be in the field site some days. Most days will require independent data collection in the field and communication of findings. The assistant will be required to work 5 days per week, 5 hours per day in the field and must be physically fit as they will be required to walk around the park, sometimes 10km per day.

    This is a paid casual position, and the rate will be appropriate for the qualification level of the candidate (using the University of Melbourne casual rate salary scale). Teamwork and communication skills are essential. The candidate must also be self-motivated, enthusiastic, reliable and have a good work ethic. Previous experience working with birds in the field or a degree in biology is desirable but not essential as we will provide training in the field methods required. In addition, previous bird banding experience is an advantage but not mandatory.

    Main field duties: Finding nests, monitoring breeding attempts and documenting group dynamics throughout the breeding season. The field assistant will be required to identify individuals by their colour band code using binoculars.

    Precautions for Covid-19 can be practiced during this work as social distancing can easily be implemented. Applicants from Australia and New Zealand are preferred due to travel restrictions. Please check you are able to travel to Canberra Australia before applying.

    The field assistant will be required from mid-September 2021 to early December, with a possible extension to mid-December (this will depend on the level at which the assistant is appointed).

    If you are interested or require more information, please email me at claire.taylor2@unimelb.edu.au explaining a little about yourself, including interests, a CV with any prior experience and referees.

    Claire Taylor

    Post-doctoral Researcher, The University of Melbourne

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