Opening For Field Assistant : United Kingdom

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Amar Annamalai
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Opening For Field Assistant : United Kingdom

University of Bristol 
School of Biological Sciences
Field Assistant 
Ref: ACAD100810
Volunteers required
 
We are looking for a Field Assistant (FA) for a research project led by the University of Bristol investigating the impact of new technology street lighting on insect ecology. This would last for 12 weeks, late May until late August 2014 (exact dates tbc). We are applying for funding to cover the project, and will know whether we are successful by the end of April. If the project is unfunded the 12 weeks of field work would be unpaid. If our bid for funding is successful, both field work and subsequent analysis (until late January 2015) would be funded at £250/ week.
 
Working conditions:
Field based – work will involve transporting and setting up portable lighting equipment and numerous insect traps before sunset at over 20 sites across southern England. The FA will also be required to help with the packing away of equipment the following sunrise. The FA will also be required to help with processing and identifying insect samples caught in the traps.
 
The work is demanding, involving lifting of heavy equipment and night work from dusk till dawn throughout the 12 week period. We are therefore only looking for people who are committed field workers with physical and mental stamina and who are organized, punctual, and passionate about ecological research, with lots of energy and enthusiasm. You must be willing and happy to work independently at night, albeit in close proximity to the university researcher.
 
Location:
While conducting field work around Bristol no accommodation will be provided as it is expected the FA will return home to sleep. However when conducting research at field sites further away from Bristol the FA and the university researcher will stay at campsites close to the study sites. Your camping accommodation and fuel costs will be covered while in the field but you will be expected to pay for your own food and other costs. You must have your own vehicle and be willing to use it for the duration of the contract.
 
Essential:
 
• Enthusiasm
• Initiative
• Attention to detail
• Hard work ethic, flexible, rigorous and conscientious approach 
• Full UK driving license 
• Access to and willing to use your own vehicle
• Previous fieldwork experience
• Ability to work independently at night
• Good physical fitness
• Background in conservation/ecology work, including a decent knowledge of insects
• Fondness of camping and the great outdoors
 
Desirable:
 
• Degree in conservation biology, zoology, biology or a related field
• Insect identification skills/experience
 
Application process:
 
To apply please send a curriculum vitae with the names and addressed of two academic referees and a covering letter outlining why you think you would be suitable for the post to Mr. Andy Wakefield at eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%61%6e%64%79%2e%77%61%6b%65%66%69%65%6c%64%40%62%72%69%73%74%6f%6c%2e%61%63%2e%75%6b%22%3e%61%6e%64%79%2e%77%61%6b%65%66%69%65%6c%64%40%62%72%69%73%74%6f%6c%2e%61%63%2e%75%6b%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) by Wednesday 30th April 2014. Please include the words ‘Field Assistant Application’ in the email subject title. Short-listed applicants will be invited for interview at the University of Bristol on Tuesday 6th May 2014.