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Volunteer & Research Wildlife & Nature Travel Opportunities by Country

 

Australia

RESEARCH ASSISTANCE WITH QUEENSLAND FOSSIL DIGS. Help the Queensland Museum dig for fossils. See our special page here.

ASSISTANTS NEEDED FOR THE STUDY OF SATIN BOWERBIRDS–Volunteer field assistants are needed for the study of mate choice in satin bowerbirds (Ptilonorhyncus violaceus). Assistants will primarily help to observe behavior at bowers. The study site is in Northern New South Wales, Australia. This is the continuation of a study of mate choice that began over 24 years ago and which follows the success of male bower holders. The field season will run from mid-September through late December. Assistants must arrange for travel to the field site; we will provide food and lodging at the site. Tasks assistants will perform include locating bower sites and clearing trails, monitoring the behavior of birds at bowers with infrared sensing equipment and camcorders and maintaining this equipment, and direct observation of birds. The work is very physically demanding and assistants must be focused on this project and flexible in their requirements. Interested applicants should send (preferably electronically) cover letter, resume, and e-mail addresses of three references to: LINDA CENDES (EM: lcendes AT umd.edu), Department of Biology, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-4415 (PH: 301-405-6943, FX: 301-314-9358).

FIELD ASSISTANTS: We are looking for field assistants to help monitor a color-banded population of purple-crowned fairy-wrens in the Kimberley, Australia. Start date: flexible. Time period: 3 months minimum. Duties include regular censusing of color-banded birds, searching for and monitoring nests, quantifying territory quality, mist-netting, behavioral observations, and data entry. The study is based at Mornington Wildlife Sanctuary in the remote tropical north of Western Australia. Qualifications: experience monitoring color-banded birds, nest-searching, and mist-netting; ability to work in an environment of extremes in both temperature and humidity, with isolated and basic living conditions. Stipend: AUD$750-1000/mo depending on experience plus cost of travel to the site from Derby, Australia. Assistants cover their own food costs while on site. For more information contact: ANNE PETERS (EM: peters AT orn.mpg.de) and MICHELLE HALL (EM: hall AT orn.mpg.de). To apply, please email a letter outlining previous field research experience, a resume with names and contact information for 3 referees, and dates of availability.

Mauritius

OPPORTUNITIES TO WORK ON ENDANGERED SPECIES RECOVERY PROGRAMS--The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation works to restore the endangered flora and fauna of Mauritius, Rodrigues and offshore islets and is well known for its work in the recovery of the Mauritius Kestrel, Echo Parakeet, Pink Pigeon and Mauritius Fody as well as its work on habitat and island restoration projects. We currently have opportunities for science graduates with a keen interest in conservation to gain valuable experience working on our endangered species recovery programs. There are currently vacancies on our Pink Pigeon Project. The work will involve species management including nest and population monitoring, animal handling as well as report writing and data collection. You may also be required to carry out other activities such as radio tracking, predator control, nest accessing and GPS. We accept volunteers throughout the year to work on a range of our projects. Candidates need to be available for a minimum of six months, start date negotiable. We provide accommodation, work permits and field transport. However as a volunteer on the project, you would need to cover your return airfare, comprehensive insurance and living costs (~US350 per month) whilst in Mauritius. Those genuinely interested should send their CV or request further details from LACHLAN WILMOTT, Pink Pigeon Project Coordinator,
(EM: mwfprojects AT gmail.com). Please state where you have seen this advert when you contact us.

 

Holland / Netherlands

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT: volunteers needed from 15 Mar to 20 May 2008 for a research project on migratory shorebirds in The Netherlands. The project is part of the research on Animal Ecology from the University of Groningen. We collect data on the timing of migration, habitat use, reproductive behaviour and survival in a population of color-marked Ruffs (Philomachus pugnax). The Ruff combines extremes in migratory behavior with an extravagant mating system. Our project involves several graduate students working on (1) mark-recapture analyses of radio-marked and color-banded birds, (2) seasonal variation in ecological immunology of the male morphs, (3) sexual segregation in habitat use and timing of migration, (4) genetic population structure. Volunteer will assist with bird banding, blood sampling, monitoring color-banded birds and data entry. Field work area is in southwest Friesland, a characteristic Dutch meadow area in the north of The Netherlands. Volunteer and students will live in the small, rustic village below the old sea dyke of Lake IJsselmeer. Applicants must have good social skills, a driver license and experience with bird observations. Command of Dutch or Frisian is not necessary ;-). We provide housing and field equipment. Volunteers must pay own airfare and living expenses (3-4 Euro per day). A small refund of these costs might be possible (depending on pending grant applications). Applicants must be prepared for cold conditions requiring warm outdoor gear, including thermowear, hats, and gloves. TO APPLY: Please send a resume/CV, a cover letter addressing any relevant experience, time available and two references with e-mail addresses to(EM: y.i.verkuil AT rug.nl). For further info see: www.rug.nl/biologie/onderzoek/onderzoekgroepen/dieroecologie/onderzoek/researchstudies/migratimmune

VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT NEEDED for work on Skylarks and Woodlarks in the Netherlands. Volunteers are needed between Apr and mid of Jul 2008 for a research project investigating the connectivity between ecology and physiological body condition (with special attention to the immune system) of Skylarks and Woodlarks in the Netherlands. The project is carried out by the Animal Ecology Group of the University of Groningen / The Netherlands. Volunteers will participate in the field work of an international research team. The main task of the volunteer will be searching for nests, observing colour-ringed birds and catching Larks. Participation in investigations using modern eco-immunological and physiological methods is also possible. Field work area is a dune and heather area in the Drents-Friese Wold National Park in the northern Netherlands. The study area contains about 50 pairs of Woodlarks and about 100 pairs of Skylarks as well as many other interesting species. Applicants must have good experience with ornithological field work and bird observations. Time and length of stay can be agreed on personal preferences. We provide housing and food, but volunteers must pay their own travel costs (a small contribution to these costs might be possible, depending on the outcome of a grant application). The working language of the group is English. Applicants must be prepared for cold and rainy conditions requiring warm outdoor gear, including hats and gloves. To apply: Please send a CV, a covering letter addressing any relevant experience, two references with e-mail addresses and the time you would be available to the address below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me Arne Hegemann Please forward this message to people who might be interested. ARNE HEGEMANN, Animal Ecology Group, Centre for Ecological and Evolutionary Studies, University of Groningen, P.O. Box 14, 9750 AA Haren, The Netherlands, tel +31 (0)50 363-3409, EM: a.hegemann AT rug.nl).

Austria

HANDRAISERS for greylag geese in the spring of 2008--We are seeking motivated students, who would like to hand-raise greylag geese (goslings) at the Konrad Lorenz Research Station in Gruenau im Almtal, Upper Austria in the spring of 2008. With these and-raised goslings, we attempt to examine the cognitive abilities of greylag geese. Work will begin around the middle of Apr, and will continue until the goslings fledge, approximately 3 – 3.5 months later. Handraisers accompany their goslings 24 hrs./7days/week, and live in plain huts in the remote area, where also goose families raise their young. At present, we are capable of paying € 10,00/per person/per day. Hand raising of geese is an exceptionally beautiful experience, however raisers should be able to cope with simple living conditions, as well as possible diseases or deaths of the goslings. A possible visit to the research station beforehand would be an advantage. If you are interested, please send a written application to: DR. ISABELLA SCHEIBER oder BRIGITTE WEIß, Konrad Lorenz Forschungsstelle für Ethologie, Fischerau 11, 4645 Grünau im Almtal, [PH: 0043-7616-8510, FX: 0043-7616-85104, EM: isabella_scheiber AT t-online.de oder tsitika AT web.de (B.W.)]

 

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