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    • Employer: Australian National University
      Location: Canberra
      Country: Australia
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: No

    Field assistant required for a help with PhD research on superb fairy-wrens and their parasitic cuckoos for 5 months.


    This project is looking at the maternal investment of superb fairy-wrens and their parasitic Horsfield’s bronze-cuckoos. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable field skills, and experience in research and data collection. Volunteers will be part of the team working with researchers and students on the project. The field site is in Campbell Park which is located 10 minutes drive from the city centre in Canberra, Australia. The volunteer will be required to work 5 days per week in the field (no matter the weather conditions) and must be physically fit as they will be required to walk around the park often 10km per day. The volunteer and I will be working together some days but most days will require the volunteer to collect data independently in the field and communicate their findings. Therefore teamwork and communication skills are essential. The candidate must also be self-motivated, enthusiastic, reliable and have a good work ethic. Previous experience with similar work or a degree in biology is preferable but not essential. Volunteers will be trained in field methods.


    Main field duties will include finding nests, monitoring breeding attempts and documenting group dynamics throughout the breeding season. We will also mist net individuals so they can be banded for identification. Volunteers will be required to identify individuals by their colour band code using binoculars. Other task include helping to cage nests to prevent predation, helping to measure chicks and eggs and helping to provide supplementary food.


    Volunteers will be reimbursed $1000 per month to help cover living costs but all other costs will need to be covered by the volunteer. Fieldwork will begin at the start of September 2019 and finish at the end of January 2020.


    If you are interested or require more information please email me at claire.j.taylor@anu.edu.au explaining a little about yourself, including interests a CV with any prior experience and referees.

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