VOLUNTEERS are needed for a project that aims to study song development in suboscine birds. The work will take place in Panama, at The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Two volunteer positions will involve caring for captive-raised birds, collection and sorting of native arthropods for diet supplementation, and monitoring and running of song experiments. An additional position will be available with a focus on nest searching and recording of wild songs, though some animal husbandry of the captive population will also be required. Volunteers can expect to work 6 days a week for 8-10 hours a day. Preference will be given to individuals with prior experience handling birds and/or experience mist netting, nest searching, and working in challenging field conditions. Room and board will be provided, but unfortunately, we do not have funds for airfare or salary. These positions are most appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing a career in behavioral ecology. Working at The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute provides ample opportunities to integrate with a large body of tropical scientists, often leading to future collaborations and positions.
Positions available immediately for a minimum 3-month commitment.
If interested, please email the following to JANEENE TOUCHTON (EM: firstname.lastname@example.org ):
1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in participating in this project,
2) a CV, and
3) names and contact information of two or three references