Volunteer assistants at Beijing Forestry University
Application Deadline: 04/15/2014
Volunteer assistants are needed for field study of the breeding ecology and behavior of Black-throated tits and Silver-throated tits in the Dongzhai National Nature Reserve of central China. The project will start in January and will last until the end of May, with a 10-20 days break in late January and early February for the Spring Festival. Volunteers are welcome to join at any time during the project, but those who can spend at least 4 weeks here are preferred. Main duties include mist-netting and banding birds, searching nest, blood sampling, behavioral observation, watching nest-monitoring videos, data entry, as well as any other possible works involved in the field. Assistants will work with technicians, graduate and undergraduate students from Beijing Forestry University and Beijing Normal University. All expenses in China during work period (i.e. housing, foods, and local travels, etc) will be covered, but there is no salary, and the assistants are responsible for their travel to and from China. Volunteers will have opportunities to learn field skills of ornithological research, see many Chinese bird species in the reserve, and experience Chinese tradition and culture.
To apply and inquire, please contact JIANQIANG LI at “lijianqiang AT bjfu.edu.cn”. Please include a cover letter and a resume when applying. Together with the application, we appreciate if the applicants could have ≥2 recommendation letters directly sent by references to the above email address.
Previous experience with birds is preferred, but not essential. Basic training such as bird banding, behavioral observation, blood sampling, will be provided. Volunteers are expected to have strong interest in birds and animal behavior, physically fit and be willing to work for long and irregular time in the field, and share rooms with team members.
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