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  • Monitoring wild species at Montseny Bird Station


    Guest Carles
    • Employer: Catalan Institute for Ornithology
      Location: Montseny Natural Park, Catalonia
      Country: Spain
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    ACTIVITY DESCRIPTION
    Conservation campaigns and scientific monitoring tasks: Bird censuses, scientific bird ringing, building nest boxes, developing of ecology scientific studies through monitoring of bird populations as well as other kind of fauna. Environmental education, nest monitoring, climate change studies, data entry, Natural Park management activities and organization of workshops. Maintenance tasks on house and garden and welcoming guests. Most tasks are developed outdoors, so you have to be willing to work outdoors in harsh conditions and able to hike on steep mountains. Application open until all candidates are found. For further information, please contact carles.dura@ornitologia.org or visit @EBMontseny_ico

     

    ACCOMMODATION, FOOD AND TRANSPORT ARRANGEMENTS

    The volunteer will live in the Fontmartina building, located inside Montseny Natural Park. The house is a typical mountain building that meets the necessary requirements, with 3 showers and 2 toilets, shared kitchen and dining room, all essential accessories, including basic furniture, living room and two shared bedrooms. WiFi is free but poor. The area is quite isolated, surrounded by forest and 25 min away by car from the nearest big city (Sant Celoni). Public transport negligible, but we offer a car to share. Shopping and cooking is done all together, vegans/vegetarians welcome.

     

    TRAINING DURING THE ACTIVITY

    The work of the volunteers will have as their final objective their training as professionals linked to nature and the environment, learning about monitoring and management techniques, as well as other basic skills needed in a natural, forested and rural environment. At the beginning we will give classes on bird's biology, how to identify birds by sight and call, how to do census and how to take samples. Part of the activities will be demonstrative, such as workshops and field trips with other environmental management organisations.

     

    PARTICIPANT PROFILE
    The ideal candidate will have a scientific and environmental background, but young candidates with the will of learning about the environment are also welcome. We look for people motivated, willing to learn but also to teach the others, that can keep a nice work environment (and also while sharing a house), physically fit, able to work in steep mountains for many hours, flexible about timetables or tasks and proactive. No previous knowledge of birds is needed, but it will be a plus. Duration is 12 moths from your starting date. Only EU countries.

    STIPEND
    Monthly stipend of €300. Some travelling costs adapted to distance travelled. We also provide accommodation, shared car, and we pay the kilometres done inside de Natural Park. The project is funded by the ESC (European Solidarity Corps).




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