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Field assistant /volunteer to study evolution of group living in Ant-eating Chats

Luglio 15th, 2008

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Location, Benfontein, Nr Kimberly, South Africa

Time period: 22 September to 12 December 2008
I am looking for a highly motivated field research assistant volunteer to join me working on the behavioural ecology of cooperative breeding in Ant-eating Chat, Myrmecocichla formicivora, and Capped Wheatear, Oenanthe pileata. The study will focus on factors behind the occurrence of delayed dispersal and cooperative breeding in the two species. We will also be examining broader questions concerning delayed dispersal in a range of South African bird species. The study site is Benfontein Game Farm (study centre), near Kimberly, Northern Cape, South Africa. Applicants should have
a strong interest in bird orientated research. Field assistants are expected to be fit, able to work independently and be willing to take responsibility. Responsibilities will include trapping and colour-banding birds, re-sighting banded birds for territory mapping (including radio tracking tagged birds), nest-searching and monitoring, monitoring post-fledging
survival, and behavioural observations. A driver’s licence would be an advantage. The work will be done for 5-6 days per week, and the applicant need to be willing to work outside normal hours (some trapping and banding done at night, and
early morning). The positions are available from 22 September to 12 December 2008. Accommodation is provided in the field study centre.
The project will cover airfare to South Africa and accommodation costs. To apply, please email a short letter stating why you are interested, a copy of your CV, including details of past field experience and bird handling experience, and the contact details for two referees, to Jonathan Barnaby at: Jonathan.Barnaby@ebc.uu.se Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions / for further information.
This research programme is part of a joint project of the volutionary Biology Centre, Uppsala University, Sweden in collaboration with Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Preferred qualifications:
1) Bachelors degree in biology or similar qualification
2) Sociable personality and motivated
3) Willing to work outside 5 days per week.
4) Drivers licence
5) Used to handle animals, bird banding experience would be a plus.

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