miércoles, 26 de mayo de 2010

Field Assistants-AUSTRALIA

Volunteer field assistants (6-7) needed from Aug. 2009 – Jan. 2010 (dates somewhat flexible, must be able to stay for at least 3 months) for a study of the breeding behavior and phylogeography of the Red-backed Fairy-Wren in Queensland, Australia (4-5 near Herberton, 2 near Brisbane). Research will focus on continuing a long-term monitoring project and conducting several studies of graduate students from Cornell University and Washington State University (additional information at www.nbb.cornell.edu/neurobio/websterlab/index.html). Duties include nest searching and monitoring, target netting, collection of blood samples, behavioral observations, territory mapping, and data entry. Previous experience with nest searching, mist netting, and bleeding preferred, but not required. The study sites are rugged and remote, and poisonous snakes, ticks, and land leaches are common. Therefore, applicants must be able to hike steep hills off-trail, withstand conditions at the site, and maintain a positive and energetic attitude despite long hours and hot and humid conditions. Work schedules and duties will vary, so flexibility is a must. Assistants will enjoy fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities (Wallabies, platypus, echidna, kookaburra, etc.) and proximity to Queensland rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Food and housing will be provided. However, assistants will have to provide their own airfare to and from Australia. To apply, please send cover letter detailing interests and previous experience, resume, and list of 3 references to Doug Barron (e-mail: dbarron5(at)wsu.edu: (at) replaces @ to dodge spammers, PH: 479-970-4569). Please state dates of availability. Initial review of applications will begin June 1 and will continue until positions are filled.

For more info, contact:

Doug Barron
Email: dbarron5(at)wsu.edu: (at) replaces @ to dodge spammers
Phone: 479-970-4569