The Sociable Weaver Project is looking for two motivated people with field experience to join their project at Benfontein Nature Reserve. This team will be responsible for monitoring weaver nests and chicks, managing video cameras to film nest attendance behavior, managing the data collected (samples, data downloads, file sharing), and handling the many logistics of a field project.
This position is ideal for someone with previous field experience in breeding monitoring and bird handling, as well as knowledge of QGIS.
Please note that due to the current pandemic, this position may be limited to hiring people already based in South Africa, and that most training is likely to be done remotely.
Get the full application details and requirements below!
The Sociable Weaver Project is looking for two motivated people with field experience to join the project from mid-September for at least three months (or preferably longer).
This project is a long-term research program that investigates the evolutionary bases of cooperative behavior using the sociable weaver as a study organism. The work takes place at Benfontein Nature Reserve, near Kimberley, and consists of daily nest checks to monitor reproduction (measuring and ringing chicks, taking blood samples) and managing video cameras to film nest attendance behavior. The work requires managing the data collected (samples, data downloads, file sharing), planning the work ahead, and being in charge of the field equipment and logistics (anticipating when to replenish stocks, vehicle maintenance, etc.).
Candidates must have a valid driver’s license. Previous field experience with breeding monitoring and bird handling is also required. Knowledge of QGIS (used for data entry) is an advantage.
Please note that given the current pandemic, we might be limited to hiring people already based in South Africa, and that most training is likely to be done remotely.
We will pay a salary, accommodation, and traveling to and from Benfontein.
To apply, please send your CV, two references, and a short motivation letter to:
Rita Covas: [email protected]
Franck Theron: [email protected]
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