martes, 3 de agosto de 2010

Volunteer amphibian field assistant - AUSTRALIA

Volunteers are needed for amphibian field research at the Macquarie Marshes, inland New South Wales. This is a rare opportunity to take part in the first frog ecology study to be undertaken in the Marshes, and one of very few on inland frogs in Australia generally. The Marshes are a freshwater semi-permanent wetland in central western NSW, at the heart of the Murray Darling Basin. They are a nature reserve, not normally open to the public, which support at least 14 frog taxa and are famous for the diversity of its bird fauna. It is globally recognised through its listing on the Ramsar Convention as a wetland of international importance.
The work will consist of night time survey and radio-tracking, and daytime site and tadpole surveys, from September to December 2010. This position would suit a biology graduate with an interest in herpetology, who is looking for field work experience before starting their own graduate studies. The conditions are somewhat remote in the semi-arid area of central NSW, Australia. Facilities will be above basic however, though some camping will be required. Most of the sites will be on private property, so the applicant must be willing to be courteous and friendly to local landowners.
Preferred qualifications/attributes
- Biology degree
- Fieldwork experience
- High level of fitness
- Desire to get hands-on amphibian field experience
- Sense of humour and easy-going, willing to interact with landowners.
- Available for at least two months, either beginning September or November, or the whole four month period.

This is a volunteer position, however all accommodation and food costs are covered during the period of field work.

For more info, contact:

Please send a brief outline of why you are interested in the position, a CV and details for two referees (at least one must be professional) to: Accepting applications until positions filled.