mercredi 19 janvier 2011

Field Technician in Ecology

January 2011

Job category

Job location
National Avian Research Center (UAE) and one of the following countries in central Asia or Middle-East (Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, China, UAE)

Job context
Under the leadership of the International Fund for Houbara Conservation (IFHC), the National Avian Research Center (NARC) is developing a global strategy for the conservation of the Asian Houbara Bustard (Chlamydotis macqueenii) throughout the Middle-East and Central Asia, aiming at reconciling the tradition of Arab falconry with a sustainable use of natural resources.
The main actions to achieve this objective are:
- Conservation and management of existing populations and their habitat
- Implementation of hunting regulation and eradication of poaching and illegal trade
- Conservation breeding to preserve genetic diversity, and re-introduce or re-enforce populations into the wild
Field expeditions are organized every year in different range countries to study the ecology of wild Houbara populations and develop conservation breeding programmes.
Job description The holder of this job will join a field team in one of the above mentioned countries and be in charge of:
- prospection and location of houbara nesting females
- collection and transportation of wild eggs to incubation facilities
- participation to female trapping, banding and satellite transmitter fitting.
- Houbara population assessment though observations with telescope
- monitoring of breeding success
Skills required The successful candidate should have a significant experience in fieldwork and wildlife survey, especially in:
- bird sightings or counts, etc.
- breeding parameters assessment (egg and chick manipulation)
- bird blood sampling
- bird trapping and tagging
- GPS use.

Language requirements
The candidate should be fluent and intermediate at least in two of these three languages: English, French and Russian.

Additional valuable abilities
- Being able to work in a multicultural and multinational environment
- not reluctant to work in harsh outdoor conditions
- Having a driving licence and experience with four-wheel drive.

Between 3 and 6 months according to the country and programme of assignment. The duration might be adjusted according to achievements in the course of the mission

Starting date Between February 15th and March 15th , 2011.

Salary According to previous experience.

Additional benefits Housing, food and travel provided

Contacts for application

Mark Lawrence
National Avian Research Center
Po Box 45553, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tel. : +971 3 7347 555

Eric Le Nuz
Emirates Center For Wildlife Propagation
BP 47, 33250, Missour, Morocco
Mobile : +212 73 24 97 08