Forest and Bird - native species monitoring trainee position
Job advertised: 4 September 2021
See the job advertisement PDF here (PDF, 1.39 MB)
Forest and Bird are offering a seven week paid position during late spring/early summer, for a native species monitoring trainee. No prior experience with native bird monitoring is required with our being to provide field experience and learning opportunity.
The work will be entirely field based focussing on nest success monitoring of titipounamu, rifleman, and mātātā, SI fernbird. The trainee will work alongside two other people to observe the birds’ behaviour, find nests, and conduct nest success monitoring (observations and trail cameras). The field work will take place in the Fleming and Tautuku valley forest for titipounamu, and in the Fleming wetland for mātātā.
We are looking for someone to join our team who is keen to gain experience in hands on native bird monitoring, happy to spend their time in the cold forest and wetlands.
No prior experience with bird monitoring is needed, just a willingness to learn, comfortable in the outdoors, and patience is helpful – nest finding can be difficult and especially since titipounamu are already fairly scarce in our project area, we expect it will take a long time to identify pairs, their territories, and find nests – especially this first season without any prior knowledge of the exact breeding season dates of the birds in our area of interest.
- Paid employment at $25 an hour for 40 hours over seven weeks = $1000 per week, $7000 total.
- Shared group accomodation at Forest & Bird’s Lenz Reserve or Papatowai.
- Field gear: binoculars, personal locator beacon, GPS, field notebook, first aid kit
Trainee will need to provide
- Bedding (sleeping bag)
- Field clothing and gear (warm and rain proof clothing for use in the field, sturdy footwear, large day pack, torch)
- If possible - Transport to and from Papatowai/Lenz Reserve
When - dates
Dates are yet to be secured but the work will likely take place for four to five weeks prior to Christmas, starting in November, and commence again in January 2022. We will aim to work consistently throughout these dates but extended periods of bad weather may mean our monitoring trips are broken up. If the weather is unworkable for several days we would return home during these periods.
Contact for more information
If you are interested in this position and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us:
Tautuku Restoration Project Manager
022 658 1349