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  • Volunteer seabird assistant

    Christy N. Wails
    • Employer: Northern Illinois University
      Location: Hauraki Gulf/Auckland, New Zealand
      Country: New Zealand
      Last Date to Apply: 07/31/2019
      Open Until Filled: No

    I am looking for 1 volunteer field assistant to join a research team that will assist with monitoring nesting seabirds. Fieldwork will focus on seven Procellariiform seabird species in Northern New Zealand.

    Dates: early September to early November. Exact dates are weather-dependent.

    Overall duties include:
    -Monitoring study burrows of target species
    -Capturing birds at nesting burrows and collecting data
    -Vegetation and island surveys
    -Assistance packing food/gear, camp chores, data entry, and site/gear clean-up
    Work schedules will vary. Nesting chronology will dictate diurnal/nocturnal work, and field activities are weather-dependent.

    Compensation for travel to/from New Zealand is not available, so ideal applicants will be New Zealand residents. Food and housing during fieldwork will be provided. Applicants should be comfortable working in a steep and wet environment. Applicants must be comfortable living at an isolated island with small research teams and be able to keep a positive attitude through long work days with challenging conditions. Previous field experience, particularly with handling and working with birds, is highly desired.   

    To apply, please send a brief cover letter (1 page max), CV/resume highlighting previous relevant field research experience (2 page max), and contact information for two references to Christy Wails (wailscn@gmail.com) by 31 July 2019. Please include “Seabird volunteer application” in the subject line.

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