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Seabird volunteer needed - Christmas Island

Grant RW Humphries, February 14, 2017

Volunteer field assistantship for seabird research on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean

The Christmas Island Seabird Project ( is looking for seabird enthusiasts to help with field work on Christmas Island, Indian Ocean (Australia).

Christmas Island, often referred to as the “Galapagos of the Indian Ocean”, is a unique and fascinating place, famous for its Red Crabs and, of course, for its endemic seabirds, such as Abbott’s Booby, Christmas Island Frigatebird and Golden Bosun.

Fieldwork will take place from April 22 until May 20. The work will focus on the Critically Endangered Christmas Island Frigatebird (Fregata andrewsi). Fieldwork will include nest searches, monitoring of breeding activity and colony surveys, but we will also try to deploy/retrieve data loggers and satellite tags, if conditions permit.

Christmas Island has tropical climate and vegetation. Temperature and humidity are often high and the terrain is sometimes difficult (cliffs and pinnacles on the coast, vines and thick understory in the rainforest). Thus, fieldwork can be hard and physical fitness is imperative! The work schedule will be variable, but is likely to include long hours and little free time. Enthusiasm, self-motivation, and a strong work ethic are a must.

Experience in fieldwork (preferably (sea)bird surveys, monitoring, and handling), and a valid driver’s licence are required. Work experience in tropical environments, skills in tree- and/or rock climbing, and experience in logger/transmitter attachment/retrieval and in 4WD driving are a plus.

Accommodation will be provided in a research station in the rainforest. The station is fully equipped with a kitchen, showers, dormitories and a communal living room. Support for travel costs will be provided according to experiences and skills.

For more information please contact project leader Janos Hennicke and visit the project’s homepage

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

The position will remain open until filled.