Field assistant: begging in great tits

Volunteer field assistant position to study parental care and begging in great tits.

We are looking for a research assistant for the upcoming breeding season (mid April-early/mid June 2017) to join our project investigating parent-offspring communication in great tits. The research will be conducted in the Netherlands near Arnhem.

Our project investigates the potential for individual flexibility in parent-offspring communication and investment strategies. During the breeding season we will study whether great tit parents change how they respond to offspring begging based on changes in environmental conditions (background: Caro et al 2016). The project is based at the Wageningen University and is in collaboration with the Netherlands Institute of Ecology.

The volunteer will help the post-doc working on the project in the field. The work will involve monitoring the breeding birds in the study area, conducting supplemental feedings of parents, cross fostering of chicks, making video and audio recordings of the nest and banding the offspring.

We ask:

– Candidates should preferably have a BSc or higher in biology, behavioural ecology or a similar qualification

– Ability to work in a team, good social and organizational skills

– Willingness to work long days and if needed during weekends

– Experience in handling and banding birds preferred

– Driving license (preferred)

– Proficient level of English language

We offer:

This is a voluntary position but we can offer travel and accommodation costs to the right candidate. For further information, please contact Shana Caro ( or Dr. Camilla Hinde (

Application deadline 1st March 2017. Applications consisting of a CV and a motivation letter should be sent to Shana Caro (, with the subject line: Field assistant application.



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