We are looking for an ornithologist with experience of birds in Sulawesi to
lead a series of survey expeditions on Buton island in S.E. Sulawesi from
June to August 1999. The successful candidate would be appointed as the
Senior Ornithologist to Operation Wallacea for this period. Operation
Wallacea is a not for profit project which is funded by paying volunteers
who join scientists to complete atlasing studies of birds, mammals and
coral reef species in remote parts of central Indonesia. More details
about the project, including bird species lists, can be found at
The bird atlas survey of the 150km X 50km Buton island is nearing
completion. Survey teams have been spending up to 20 hours in each 5km X
5km square on the island. The survey in June to August will be to those
remote squares that have not yet been surveyed. Surveying will be done in
5 day units and the teams will need to camp in the forest for each of these
units, since the survey square will be up to 1 days hike away from the
nearest road. Logistical support and organisation of camps is provided by
other Operation Wallacea staff. The role of the Senior Ornithologist is to
organise the surveys and data recording from these squares, check all
records made by volunteers and help train volunteers in bird
identification. Note only experienced birders are able to join the surveys
without first completing a 1 week introductory bird training course run by
the Assistant Ornithologist. The skill of volunteers joining the survey
teams, however, will vary between those with a lot of international birding
experience, and those who have only completed the 1 week course. The
surveying therefore has to be organised so that the data obtained are
reliable, whilst at the same time the volunteers have an enjoyable
experience. In addition to the birders the survey group from time to time
will contain researchers looking at other groups (eg. macaques, small
mammals, amphibians, reptiles).
The Senior Ornithologist will need to have a good general knowledge of
tropical forest ecology and be able to communicate with volunteers who will
vary in their knowledge levels and areas of interest. Leadership and
organisational skills are essential as is a track record in publishing
The post will be remunerated depending on the level of experience of the
successful applicant. The closing date for applications is Sunday 18 April
and an appointment will be made by 30 April 1999.
I would be grateful if you would pass this request onto anyone you think
might be interested in applying and ask if they would respond to the
Dr Tim Coles
c/o Ecosurveys Ltd
Lincolnshire, PE23 4BP
Tel: 01790 763665
Fax: 01790 763417
Academic qualifications and Universities attended:
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What experience do you have in studying the birds of Sulawesi or other
parts of central Indonesia?
What experience do you have in completing atlasing surveys of birds?
What other tropical forestry experience do you have?
Describe any relevant experience you have in training groups of students in
Describe any lecturing experience you have:
Describe any relevant expedition experience you have:
Do you have any health problems that would affect your work in the forest?
Do you have any special food requirements?
What languages do you speak (indicate level of competence)?
Please indicate the level of remuneration you would expect:
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