Volunteer Field Assistant - Bird Study

Location
Punta Indio, Argentina
Posted
Sep 11, 2018
Closes
Oct 31, 2018
Ref
Volunteer opportunity 2018
Salary Type
Unpaid

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 luteolaAmmodramus humeralisNothura 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: martin.alejandro.colombo@gmail.com with the subject ‘Volunteer Opportunity 2018’.

Further details will be provided via the same e-mail.