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VOLUNTEER FIELD ASSISTANT: The Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Center
Job Type: full-time temporary position
Posting Date: 24 Jan 14
Closing Date: 25 Apr 14
The Blue-throated Macaw Conservation Center needs volunteers field assistants from May 2014 for a reintroduction project of the Critically Endangered Blue-throated Macaw (Ara glaucogularis) in the low-land savanna of Moxos, Bolivia. The Blue-throated Macaw is endemic to this region of Bolivia and only about 150 are left in the wild. Volunteers field assistants will help with the daily routines of the center as well as with smaller research projects on other local parrot species. Duties of the center include introducing the captive macaws to a native diet, monitoring their feeding behavior and diet, collecting their native food and maintaining their enclosure and the center. Volunteers field assitants will also be involved in the release and post release processes which will include building a release aviary, releasing the macaws and monitoring the released individuals. Activities for the research projects include checking cavities in the surrounding area for potential nests, mist netting, phenology studies and others. There are also opportunities for personal research projects. Possible additional activities include conducting wild Blue-throated macaw population and nest surveys (may involve tree-climbing), behavioral observations and collecting data about their biology. If active nests are found, duties may also include guarding them from nest predators, daily nest-checking, performing periodic health checks of nestlings and feeding nestlings if necessary. Applicants must be responsible, self-disciplined, hard working, self-motivated, tolerant of tropical weather and biting insects (mosquitoes, sunfly, ticks, flies), willing to work in a group and able to tolerate rustic living conditions. A sense of humor is always appreciated. Aplicants share one of the three cabins of the center, which is 25 km from the nearest city, Trinidad, and on the outskirts of a small village, Sachojere. Applicants with bird handling experience and Spanish language skills are preferred but these not required. A minimum stay of two (2) months is required, but longer stays are preferable. Volunteers field assistants must be a minimum of 18 years old. We provide the necessary equipment for the fieldwork activities. Aplicants must arrange their own transportation to Trinidad - Beni Department, Bolivia. We charge a fee (USD 40 per week) to cover their cost of food, accomodation and internet use. Applicants from latinamerica will have preferences at the selection process and also special conditions with the fee, depending on the capacity of applicants.
TO APPLY: Send cover letter and resume with two references to JOSÉ ANTONIO DÍAZ LUQUE (EM: saveparrot AT gmail.com). In the cover letter indicate why you are interest to participate with us and your available dates. Individuals interested in applying to this position are strongly advised to check the cost of flights from their native country to Bolivia prior to applying to the position. Feel free to email for further information. Close Date; Until Filled.
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