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  • Voluntary field assistants for cuckoo parasitism study in China

    • Employer: Beijing Normal University, Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
      Location: Dagangzi forestry station, Jilin, Jilin Province
      Country: China
      Last Date to Apply: 05/09/2020
      Open Until Filled: Yes


    First of all, our study site is in Jilin, Jilin province, in the Northeast China, which is more than 2000 km away from Wuhan. So please feel free about the virus (SARS-CoV-2)😂!


    We are looking for 2 field assistants for a long-term project, cuckoo parasitism in Daurian redstarts, which is under supervised by Beijing Normal University (China) and the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology (MPIO, Germany). The project will start from April to August (1 April ~ 5 August), and you will get involved in bird catching and banding, nest searching and monitoring, data collecting, and conducting some experiments (e.g. personality, egg experiment, etc.), and so on.

    The field work will be done mainly in a village, named Shuanyu, and surrounding forests, and we will live in a traditional house, in the village. The project will cover all work-related expenses during the volunteering period (i.e. housing, foods, and traffics, etc.), but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China.


    1.     Strong interest in wildlife research, especially birds and animal behaviors;

    2.     Previous experience of field work is preferred, but not essential;

    3.     Daily traffic tool is motorbike, so you will be competitive if you can or are willing to ride it;

    4.     You can take part in the project at any time, but those with a minimum stay of two or more months are preferred.

    You will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many Chinese bird species, and experience Chinese tradition and culture.

    The applicants are needed to join in the field work for around 3 months (from May to August).


    To apply:

    If you are interested in the project, please contact Jinggang Zhang at jgzhang2015@gmail.com.  The application should include (1) a short resume or CV, (2) the dates you will be available for the project and (3) the names and contact information of at least two references.

    We are looking forward to you!

    Edited by siskins

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