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Volunteering opportunities - Seabird volunteer needed for seabird research at Praia Islet, Azores, Atlantic Ocean

We are looking for seabird enthusiasts to help with field work at Praia islet, off Graciosa island, Azores, Atlantic Ocean (Portugal), within the project Unraveling factors affecting individual quality and ensuring population viability of two species of sympatric storm-petrels.

Fieldwork will take place from July 27 until August 20 2018 and then again from 15 October 2018 to 30 January 2019. In July /August, the work will focus on the endangered Monteiro’s Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates monteiroi) and in the Autumn/winter on the Madeiran Storm-Petrel (Hydrobates castro). Fieldwork will include nest searches, monitoring of breeding activity, but we will also try to deploy/retrieve data loggers, if conditions permit. There will also be tasks related to monitoring other breeding seabirds in the islet such as Cory´s shearwater, (Calonectris borealis) Little shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri), Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) and Roseate Tern (Sterna dougallii).

Praia islet is a 12 ha islet located about 1km from Graciosa island and has temperate to sup-tropical climate. Temperature and humidity are often high in the Summer; in the Winter temperatures are mild but rain and wind may be strong. Thus, fieldwork can be hard and physical and mental fitness is important. The work schedule will be variable and will include both day and night shifts. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must.

We will give preference to applicants with experience in fieldwork (preferably (sea)bird surveys, monitoring, and handling). Accommodation will be provided at a basic research station in the islet. Volunteers are required to stay for a minimum of 3 weeks in the period July/August and 4 weeks in the period October 2018/January 2019.

For more information please contact project leader Verónica Neves:

+ 351 92 409 23 78  

To apply, please send your CV including relevant fieldwork experience and names and contact information of three referees to the email address above.

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