Expenses paid field assistant positions to assist in social observations and bird ringing of Siberian jays in Swedish Lapland.

For the upcoming field season spring 2023 (4.3.-1.4.2023), we are looking for two highly motivated, expenses paid field volunteers to join our field project (main responsible PD Dr. Michael Griesser, University of Konstanz). The study site is located near Arvidsjaur, Swedish Lapland. An overview of our work can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JaH6wjAYAiE

Our current project investigates the social interactions of Siberian jays. The work of the field volunteers will be to help with a population census, behavioural observations, catching and colour-ringing birds, blood sampling, and data management. This work will give insight into a long-term study system and will be carried out in managed and pristine boreal forests.

Observe that we can access the study site only on X-country skis, requiring X-country or down-hill skiing skills. Moreover, field work can be demanding at times, with temperatures falling below -25C at times.

  1. Skiing skills (X-country or downhill)
  2. Preferably bird ringing and mist-netting experience
  3. Previous field experience
  4. Ability to work in small teams and sociable personality
  5. Driving license
  6. Fluent in English

We will cover for accommodation, travel expenses from and to the study site (in total up to 340 Euros), as well as the living expenses.

Applications – including a CV, a letter of motivation (1 page) and the name of two referees – should be send to Michael Griesser, michael.griesser@uni-konstanz.de, preferably in a single PDF.

Applications received until 12 Dec 2022 will be given full consideration.