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VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT
CABO ROJO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT (Troupial behavior study in Puerto Rico)
Seeking an enthusiastic field technician to aid in graduate research in PUERTO RICO on Troupial (Icterus icterus) duets and vocal behavior. Research will take place in CABO ROJO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE in the dry forests of southwestern Puerto Rico. The position will begin MID-APRIL and last until LATE JUNE, 2013. Main duties will include trapping and banding Troupials, conducting observations, helping with playback experiments, manually recording Troupial vocalizations, and setting up and maintaining automated audio recorders. Dedication to long periods of research in the hot Puerto Rican sun and early mornings to record the dawn chorus are necessary. The successful applicant must have a passion for outdoor research and wildlife, even in hot or buggy conditions. Good physical condition is important for potentially long periods of hiking and following birds. Previous research banding birds, substantial use of binoculars, and experience reading color bands is preferable. Fluency in Spanish is also beneficial. Preference will be given to applicants with previous wildlife research experience and an interest in behavioral studies. Room and board provided by the project for one full-time volunteer. If applicant is a non-resident of Puerto Rico, accepted applicant is expected to pay their own airfare to San Juan, Puerto Rico (usually ~$350). If interested, EMAIL Karan Odom (email@example.com) with a COVER LETTER and CV (include last name at the beginning of the file name). APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 18, 2013, but applications may be reviewed and a decision made prior to this date.