Mauritius Olive White-eye (ref: MOWE - 2020)
Mauritius Fody (ref: MF - 2020)
Project background / purpose
The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation is actively involved with international partners like the Chester Zoo (UK) and the Institute of Zoology (UK) in the species recovery programmes for the Mauritius Fody (Foudia Rubra) and the Mauritius Olive White-eye (Zosterops chloronothos).
The widespread forest loss and the introduction of various species that predate eggs and chicks have had a huge impact on the endemic birds of Mauritius, especially the passerines.
For both the Mauritius Fody and Mauritius Olive White-eye the management of the populations has included ‘marooning’ of new sub-populations on the offshore island of Ile aux Aigrettes (IAA).
There are now well-established populations of both species on IAA and plans are underway to replicate this success on other islands in Mauritius.
Ongoing research, supported by the ringing of populations on IAA, has increased knowledge of the ecology and breeding behaviour of these birds which has been applied to the conservation management of other populations.
A key area of current research on the mainland is investigating the best methods for rat control and predator control in general.
The long-term aim of this research is to be able to create ‘mainland islands’ which are kept at a low enough predator density that endemic passerines are able to successfully breed and fledge young.
The Mauritius Olive White-eye is the smallest of the Mauritian songbirds and is the least understood of all the Mauritian birds.
It is only found in the upland forest of the Black River Gorges National Park and on Ile aux Aigrettes and is considered as Critically Endangered by IUCN due to the severe decline in population size and distribution over the past 30 years. The current population is estimated at only 100-150 pairs.
The population is monitored at Combo and Bel Ombre, Black River Gorges National Park and on IAA.
On IAA the population is supported with supplementary food and a number of studies are being carried out to identify the minimum management needed to support the population on the island.
This information will inform further translocations.
The Mauritius Fody, a small endemic songbird, was once common in the forests of Mauritius. It has a small range within the Black River Gorges and a recently reintroduced population on Ile aux Aigrettes.
The population is monitored on IAA and the population is supported with supplementary food. The data collected will inform further translocations.
We invite you to visit our website for further information on the project and on the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The position.
A unique opportunity to join a dynamic field team, and contribute to the conservation of birds which are considered amongst the rarest passerines in the world.
The position offers the successful applicant the opportunity to learn a wide range of field skills relating to the monitoring and management of the species including bird handling (ringing and collection of morphometric measurements).
This is an exciting opportunity to work with species and projects that are known internationally amongst conservationists and interact with conservation biologists from around the world.
Mauritius Olive White-eye (ref: MOWE)
1. Monitor the wild population of the Mauritius Olive White-Eye (Zosterops chloronothos) at Combo or Bel Ombre (Black River Gorges National Park). Find nests, monitor for breeding success and take necessary actions to enhance success of establishment. OR Monitor the survival and breeding status of the translocated population on Ile aux Aigrettes, and take necessary actions to enhance the success of the establishment.
2. Ensure the accurate collection of data on the Mauritius Olive White-eye population with parameters such as survival and recruitment, breeding behaviour, the health of individuals and nesting attempts.
3. Collect opportunistic observations of other sympatric endemic passerine species at Combo and Bel Ombre.
4. Apply protocols for answering research questions e.g. determination of provisioning of Olive White-eye chicks (prey size and feeding frequency) in the mainland populations (Combo and Bel Ombre) and translocated population (Ile aux Aigrettes), and underlying factors.
5. Provide training and supervision to staff and volunteers on all aspects of work relating to the project if required to do so.
6. Work alongside all team members employed or volunteering on the project.
7. Ensure that you maintain the high standards in field work techniques and protocols, which you will acquire through a training programme.
8. Participate in presentations of your project or of the work of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation when required or other activities of the Foundation.
9. Contribute to report writing if required to do so.
Mauritius Fody (ref: MF)
1. Monitor the survival and breeding status of the translocated population on Ile aux Aigrettes, and take necessary actions to enhance success of establishment.
2. Ensure the accurate collection of data on the Mauritius Fody population with parameters such as survival and recruitment, breeding behaviour, the health of individuals and nesting attempts.
3. Provide supervision to short term volunteers on all aspects of work relating to the project if required to do so.
4. Work alongside all team members employed or volunteering on the project
5. Ensure that you maintain the high standards in fieldwork techniques and protocols, which you will acquire through a training programme
6. Participate in presentations of your project or of the work of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation when required or other activities of the Foundation.
7. Contribute to report writing if required to do so
Qualifications / requirement
We are looking for applicants that have the following qualities/experience:
Good level of physical fitness and stamina (ability to walk long distances and carry heavy loads).
Experience working outdoors (especially hiking and navigation in the forest and in difficult terrain).
Ability to work alone, in all weather, in remote and rugged locations.
Strong observation skills.
Good practical skills.
Bird handling experience an advantage (e.g. bird ringing, blood sample collection, mist-netting).
Good communicator – written and oral.
Strong initiative and independence; must be able to work unsupervised on a day to day basis.
Ability to live and work with teams and persons from different backgrounds in remote arduous conditions.
Able to follow and work to established protocols.
Must not be colour blind.
Proven interest in wildlife conservation and the environment Summary of terms and conditions of employment
Terms and conditions:
Please see individual projects for duration and positions available.
Other conditions will be further discussed at interview.
Transport: Provided for work purposes
Location: Island of Mauritius / Mauritius
Policies and procedures:
We have policies designed to ensure the well-being of both workers and volunteers e.g. Accommodation, vehicles etc.
Recruitment & Selection process:
A questionnaire will be sent to candidates that are short-listed, which will be followed by an interview for the strongest applicants.
How to apply
• E-mail your application quoting the job reference to the HR at firstname.lastname@example.org
• Attach a motivation letter (saved as first name_last name_Motivation Letter) and CV (saved as first name_last name_CV) as separate word documents attached to the e-mail.
• Selection will start as from the 28th of September 2020 and will continue until the positions are filled.
Contact : HR Manager