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    Volunteer field assistant - long-tailed finch nest-box study

    • Employer: Macquarie University
      Location: Kimberley region, north-western Australia
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: 03/03/2019
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    Description: Two volunteer field assistants are needed from late March until late May 2019 to assist a PhD student studying the long-tailed finch. The two subspecies of long-tailed finch form a genetic hybrid zone in the Kimberley region in north-west Australia, and the research will focus on monitoring breeding in a nest-box population as well as collecting blood and sperm samples and making song-recordings. The study site is challenging but beautiful and there will be plenty of exposure to the local wildlife.

    Accomodation will be at an ecotourism site, where we will be camping but with bathroom and kitchen facilities (and a bar!). In-country travel costs will be covered, as will food and accomodation costs during the drive up from Sydney and at the site. 

    Qualifications: The study site is remote, has consistently high temperatures (over 30oC, regularly over 35oC), snakes and insects are common, and many nest boxes are located on quite steep slopes. Applicants must be able to hike rough areas off-trail, work independently or as a team and maintain a positive and energetic attitude despite long-hours in these conditions. Experience with mist-nets, checking nest boxes or identifying colour-banded birds would be useful but not essential. 

    Application instructions: To apply, please send a cover letter describing interests and previous experience, a CV and contact details for 2 references to Callum McDiarmid (callum.mcdiarmid@students.mq.edu.au). Feel free to send through any questions about the fieldwork or position. Applications will be reviewed immediately until the positions are filled. 

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