Volunteer field assistants
Co-evolutionary arms race in New Caledonia
We are looking for 2 field assistants for a study on the co-evolutionary arms race between Fan-tailed Gerygone and Shining Bronze-cuckoo in New Caledonia. This is part of a long-term study conducted by the Behavioural Ecology Unit at the Museum and Institute of Zoology of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Periods: 3-4 months, from September to December.

Location: fieldwork will be conducted at several field sites in Grande Terre, New Caledonia. These include lush tropical forests and savannah areas with abundant birdlife. There will be plenty of opportunities for birdwatching and for exploring New Caledonia.

Duties: searching for and monitoring nests during the breeding season, behavioural observations, video analysis. Field activities will require 6-8 working hours a day (5-6 days a week) and an early morning start.

Experience: experience with monitoring and banding birds, nest searching, mist-netting and fieldwork in tropical environments is highly desirable, but training will be provided. Fieldwork will be physically demanding and conducted in a variety of environments (tropical forest, savannah, dry grassland) sometimes in extreme weather conditions. Physical fitness, enthusiasm, self-motivation, ability to work in a group and shared living are a must. Knowledge of French and driving license are desirable although not necessary.

The project will cover travel expenses, accommodation and food costs.

For more information contact: Alfredo Attisano ( or Jörn Theuerkauf ( or visit To apply, please email a short CV with a brief description of relevant field work/research experience to
Organisation Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS
Location New Caledonia
Kind of job job vacation
subject area Environment, International project work, Protecting of species and nature, Ornithology
Actividades Research
Offerings Food, Accommodation, Travel expanses, Possibility to conduct your own projects
Educations Education offered
Certificates Confirmation of interships
Spoken Languages English, French, Italian, Polish
Payment no payment
Requirements drivers license, Post-graduate
Skills Computer, Text writing,
Knowledge on environment issues: General knowledge, Knowledge of species
Required languages English
Teilnahme Unkosten none
Start of job 09/01/2017 — 09/30/2017
Job duration prior consultation
Gültigkeit der Stelle limited
closing date for applications 08/01/2017
please apply at
Contact persons
Alfredo Attisano
Wilcza 64
00-679 Warsaw