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  • Nightjar Research Technician

    George Day
    • Employer: University of York
      Location: Humberhead Peatlands
      Country: United Kingdom
      Last Date to Apply: 04/14/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are seeking to recruit a research technician as part of a project with the University of York based at the Humberhead Peatlands NNR, forming part of a project spanning several sites across the UK. The project aims to understand the breeding and population ecology of the European nightjar (Caprimulgus europaeus). The research will focus on the collection of DNA from birds using buccal swabs in order to elucidate information on the species’ mating system and population ecology, linking these to habitat management practices and other environmental and ecological factors.

    The work will involve ringing, swabbing, radio tagging and tracking Nightjars, as well as nest searching to investigate breeding productivity. The work will take place between June & August 2019 and will involve long hours in the field. Effort will be concentrated primarily towards evening and nocturnal work, focusing on catching and tagging individuals. Tracking work, nest searching, data input and kit maintenance will take place during the day (afternoons). The work will be conducted in small teams of employees, students and volunteers. Shared accommodation will be provided on or near site for the duration of the field season.

    We are seeking an experienced avian field technician (£17, 408 pro rata dependent on experience). One person required for 8 -10 weeks, on a full-time basis, working typically ~35 hours per week (hours may vary dependent on weather & field conditions).

    The ideal candidate would have:

    ·      BTO A or C-permit ringing licence 

    ·      Experience of ornithological fieldwork, particularly ringing and breeding surveys

    ·      Experience of, and enthusiasm for, working outdoors in unfavourable conditions / antisocial hours

    ·      Ability to work as part of a small team

    ·      Full, clean UK driving licence

    ·      Good physical fitness

    Desirable criteria:

    ·      Experience of fitting or using radio tags

    ·      Own transport

    If you are interested in the role please contact Dr Kathryn Arnold (Kathryn.Arnold@york.ac.uk), with your CV,  2 references and a short covering letter detailing previous experience. 

    For informal enquiries, please contact George Day (PhD Student; gwd500@york.ac.uk).

    Please note that the positions will be offered subject to satisfactory references, check of eligibility to work in the U.K. (verified copy of passport) and proof of qualifications if necessary.

    Whilst we will attempt to reply to all candidates, the volume of applications we receive may mean that this is not possible. If you have not heard from us within three weeks of the closing date, you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.


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