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VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT – NZ Falcon Research at Massey University.
Location: Central North Island, New Zealand. Duration: 3 months. Job
Type: Volunteer. Number of Openings: 2. Application Deadline: 15 August 2012. Job Description: A Massey University PhD student seeks full time volunteers to assist with fieldwork on the Central Plateau of NZ falcons in Kaingaroa Forest, North Island, New Zealand. Fieldwork: Nest survey, trapping, transmitter attachment, bird count, and radio telemetry tracking Duration: from Sept to Dec 2012 Hours: from dawn to dusk. Days:
One or two days off a week, depending on work load. Weather: Work will continue in all weather conditions except in storms or hail/ Note: the weather in the forest is extreme – very hot in summer (Nov and Dec) – cold in spring (Sept & Oct) – We will be working in all but the worst conditions. Accommodation: will be provided. Accommodation is equipped with the basic requirements such as tables, bed, kitchen utensils, and cooking appliances. Volunteers must provide their own personal field equipment including sleeping bag, durable tramping boots, and clothing in hot or wet and cold weather. Location: about 5 km from Reporoa, 38km from Rotorua. Accommodation is in a rural area thus a personal car is required to leave the area during days off. Food: will not be provided.
Vehicle: There is a 4WD vehicle for field work. Another 4WD field vehicle may be available. Thus,volunteers who have experience and confidence of off-road driving with 4WD is preferable. Qualifications:
Must have Driver’s license with 4WD experience, Passion for wildlife, High level of fitness, Commitment to help data collection and willingness to work in long hours in the field for the project duration.
Also non-smoker (working in a forest)and comfortable for handling birds of prey are required. Familiarity of British bird calls and/or radio-tracking experience is a plus. Number of Openings: 2. To Apply: 1.
Please send a cover letter, CV (2 pages max), and references within one document by 15th of Aug or ASAP if you apply to the position starting from Sept. 2. In the cover letter, please include (a) which skills you have and (b) why you want to have this position, (c) what dates you are available for an interview (Skype for international) Email: (EM: gizmogfee7 AT     posted August 9



VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT needed for nest monitoring in study of avian personalities in Australia. Organisation: University of Melbourne.
Location: Serendip Sanctuary, Victoria, Australia. Deadline: 30 August 2012. Volunteer field assistant: We are looking for a field assistant to help monitor nesting in a colour-banded population of superb fairy-wrens near Melbourne, Australia for a study on animal personalities. Dates: 1 October 2012 to 31 January 2013 (4 months). Duties include regular censusing of colour-banded birds, searching for and monitoring nests, behavioural observations, video analysis, and data proofing. Working days are long, with early starts six days a week. Enthusiasm and a strong work ethic are a must. The study is based at Serendip Sanctuary, a small reserve on the outskirts of Melbourne. Qualifications:
experience monitoring colour-banded birds and searching for nests. Must be an early riser, physically fit, able to work in extreme weather conditions, and enjoy basic shared living conditions. Onsite accommodation in a house with shared dorm-style room is provided, but assistants cover travel to the site and their own food costs. The project will reimburse up to AUD$500/mo towards receipted food and travel expenses. For more information contact: MICHELLE HALL (EM: hall.m AT and RAOUL MULDER (EM: r.mulder AT To apply, please email a letter outlining previous field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees.
     posted 9 August




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