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  • Voluntary avian field assistant – Darwin, Australia

    • Employer: Australian National University
      Location: Darwin
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: 02/19/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    We are looking for one field assistant to help search nests of a small bird, mangrove gerygone and large-billed gerygone in Darwin. The main objective of this research is to gain a better understanding of the breeding ecology of gerygone species, and the coevolution between gerygone species and little bronze-cuckoo. Research will be conducted in Darwin, Australia. We will be based in Darwin city, and travel to several sites. A volunteer field assistant is needed from March to April 2020 for one or two months. The exact dates are flexible but need to be around this time.

    Overall duties will include nest searching and monitoring, recording begging calls and adult calls for cuckoos, and data entry. Previous experience with fieldwork is highly desired, and nest searching experience is also preferred, but not required. The large-bill gerygone build nests over the water, and the height of nests varies from 1m to 5m. The mangrove gerygone's habitat is open salt flats. The study site is rugged, hot, and venomous snakes and ticks are quite common. Working days are long, with early starts, six days a week. Therefore, applicants must have good physical fitness to walk along the creek with a heavy ladder, withstand harsh conditions at the site, and maintain an energetic attitude despite long hours in hot and humid conditions. Work schedules and duties will vary, so flexibility is a must. Applicants should work well alone and in a small group and have a sense of direction to work in remote areas. Previous experience with fieldwork is highly desired, and nest searching experience is also preferred, but a positive attitude is much more important than tons of field experience.

    Housing will be provided, and you can get reimbursed for food and flights up to $750 AUD per month and you will enjoy fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities.

    To apply, send a cover letter detailing interests, previous relevant field research experience, dates of availability and a CV as well as a list of names and contact information for 2 referees to Hee-Jin Noh (hjnoh891@gmail.com).

    Please feel free to enquire with any questions related to the application process or on the project in general.

    Hee-Jin Noh <hjnoh891@gmail.com>

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