Field assistant fairy-wrens

I am looking for a field assistant to monitor a population of red-winged fairy-wrens in south-west Australia for a 15 week period (9 October 2013 – 22 January 2014) as part of an on-going study on cooperation and competition. The study is based at Smithbrook Nature Reserve in one of the 35 biodiversity hotspots of the world. Duties include searching for nests, monitoring colour-ringed birds, behavioural observations, mist netting and data entry. Working days are long, start early and consist of lots of hiking through dense forest with occasional encounters with venomous snakes. Applicants must be physically fit and have outstanding hearing and vision, be able to work independently, get along well with others in remote field setting and tolerate hot weather conditions. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must. Qualifications: experience monitoring colour-ringed birds, nest-searching, mist netting and current drivers licence. Field assistant will be appointed as a research assistant at the Australian National University (total base salary $13,907 AUD). Onsite accommodation is provided, but candidate must pay their own flight to Perth, Australia. To apply, please email a letter outlining previous relevant field research experience, and a resume including names and contact information for 3 referees to Lyanne Brouwer (lyanne.brouwer@anu.edu.au). Applicants will be considered as they apply until the position is filled.

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