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  • Volunteer Avian Field Assistants in China

    • Employer: Beijing Forestry University
      Location: Dongzhai National Nature Reserve
      Country: China
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    We are looking for two volunteer field assistants for our study of avian behavioral ecology in China. One volunteer will be joining our long-term project on black-throated and silver-throated tits, which has a focus on investigating factors affecting their incubation behavior and helping behavior this year. Another volunteer will be joining our project on the Japanese tit, which is looking at the species’ personality trait and breeding performance using a newly established nest-box population. The volunteers will be working with a crew of 6~10 people, including students, field technician and other volunteers. Duties of both projects include identifying color-ring-banded individuals, searching for and checking nests, mist-netting the birds, observing behaviors and conducting experiments, etc. The expected start date for the black-throated and silver-throated tit project is late February or early March 2019 and a stay until early or mid-May is preferred. The duration of the Japanese tit project will be late February to June 20, 2019, and the volunteer can be joining at any time and a minimum stay of two months is preferred.

    The two projects are both conducted at the Dongzhai National Nature Reserve, a well-known birding spot located in the Henan province of central China. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many Chinese bird species, and experience Chinese tradition and culture.

    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.

    You may find some more information on our projects at http://www.luckytit.cn.

    Some more information regarding the field study site:





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

    2. A background in biology, ecology or a related field. Previous experience with birds is preferred, but not essential (basic training, such as mist-netting and behavioral observation, will be provided).

    3. Be physically fit for field work and willing to work for long and irregular time in the field.

    4. Be used to Chinese diet and be willing to share rooms with other crew members.

    How to apply:

    Volunteers interested in the projects are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For black-throated and silver-throated tit project, please contact Qian HU "huqian1995@bjfu.edu.cn"; and for Japanese tit project, please contact Gaoyang YU at "rikimaruyu@bjfu.edu.cn".

    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. 



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