Volunteer field assistant: Aggression in colonial finches

Photo by Sarah Pryke

A field assistant is needed to help Catherine with a project investigating aggression in crimson finches. Field work will be conducted in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia from January to April 2013 (specific dates may vary). This is the wet season in the tropics and temperatures may reach 40oC with very high humidity. Volunteers will be involved with catching and banding birds, locating and monitoring nests, behavioural observations, re-sighting colour bands, habitat assessment and data entry. You will need to be prepared for early mornings 6 days a week, long hours in tropical conditions (including wading through creeks and long walks over rocky terrain), sharing cooking duties, living and working in a small team and have a good work ethic. Desirable qualifications include experience with behavioural studies, re-sighting colour bands and mist-netting. Accommodation and travel within Australia will be covered however the volunteer will provide their own food and international travel (the latter may be negotiable for the right candidate).

If you would like to apply please email Catherine Young (catherine.young@anu.edu.au) outlining your suitability for the role, relative experience and two references.

Deadline: November 20th 2012

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