Volunteer Field Assistant - Bird Study
BREEDING BIOLOGY OF GRASSLAND BIRDS IN THE PAMPAS
Volunteer opportunity to work as field assistant in a long-term study of breeding biology of various ground-nesting birds (Anthus spp., Sicalis luteola, Ammodramus humeralis, Nothura maculosa). There is also work with other species under study (cavity and open nesters in the "Talares") in associated projects.
-We collect information on reproductive success, foraging behavior, chick growth rates, population trends and behavior ecology. Field work consists of nest searching, monitoring, census, banding, conducting behavioral observations and vegetation measurements.
-Research work is part of a PhD thesis at Universidad Nacional de La Plata.
-Volunteers needed from October 10th to January 30th. Minimun stay required is 35 days. Last day to apply will be October 30th.
-Volunteers will stay in a rustic field camp 25 km from the nearest town, inside a Biosphere Reserve (Parque Costero del Sur, MAB-UNESCO). The camp has electricity and limited phone signal.
-Applicants must get along well with others, be willing to work hard, and be self motivated.
-Good physical condition and ability to make careful observations are preferred.
-Volunteers should bring their own tent and sleeping bag. They must provide their own airfare to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and transportation from Buenos Aires to La Plata (55 km).
-Volunteers are required to pay a fee (U$D 50 per week) to cover food, lodging and help defray costs of the project.
HOW TO APPLY: send a cover letter and curriculum vitae to Martín Colombo: firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject ‘Volunteer Opportunity 2018’.
Further details will be provided via the same e-mail.