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  • Neotropical Bird Ecology in the Western Andes of Colombia

    • Employer: universidad icesi
      Location: Colombia Western Andes
      Country: Colombia
      Last Date to Apply: 01/27/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    I am looking for driven and energetic students and researchers interested in working with tropical birds in Colombia. My project will take place between early February (~10) to and late July (~20) 2018 at three field stations (Anchicayá 3°32'32.20"N 76°52'39.08"W; Tatamá  5°13'47.96"N, 76° 5'1.51"W and Icesi Univeristy Station 3°24'40.98"N, 76°39'5.31"W). The first are located on the western slope (Choco region) and the last one in the eastern slope. Two are located very close to Cali (~1-3 hours) and Tatamá is aprox 5 hours from Cali. The sites cover an elevation gradient from 600-2600 m, they have well preserve rainforest, birds species vary between 500 to 250 among sites.


    We have 14 volunteer positions available. Primary activities in this work include nest searching and monitoring, mist-netting and banding. We work six days a week approximately from 6am to 4pm, with occasional data entry and organization in the evenings. Mist-netting teams are expected to hike to and work in remote areas for up to two weeks at a time.

    Field conditions are variable, depending on the field station to which assistants are assigned. In all cases, communication is reliable (mainly cell phone), and limited or no internet. In Tatamá we camp in tents for the entirety of the season, in the other two we will sleep in beds. I all the stations we cook for ourselves (rice, pasta, legumes, cassava, plantain, and fresh vegetables). Field stations have reliable power or will have generator power on a nightly basis.

    This work is most appropriate for those pursuing a career in ecology or behavior and who have previous field experience working in remote locations. There are often opportunities for students to develop thesis projects, and such students are strongly encouraged to apply.

    To apply, please send a completed application form (available on our website; www.zoology.ubc.ca/~jankowsk/Colombia_Gradients.html) and your CV to colombiagradientes@gmail.com.






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