Friday, March 10, 2017

Student placements on chough reintroduction




Student placements on chough reintroduction project in Jersey

An exciting opportunity is available for a student placement at Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, based in Jersey, working on the red-billed chough reintroduction project. This project, which began in 2013, is just one of many within Jersey’s “Birds On The Edge” project (www.BirdsontheEdge.org) run in collaboration with the National Trust for Jersey and States of Jersey Department of the Environment.

Two placements are available, starting on 1st September 2017.  Durrell houses a captive collection of choughs at the Wildlife Park, while the reintroduction project is based at an off-site aviary near Sorel Point. Juvenile choughs bred in captivity are being released to the north coast of Jersey. All birds are intensively monitored and managed post-release. The student placement will assist the Field Manager in carrying out these activities. Students will spend 6 months with the project from September to March or March to September, with the remaining 6 months spent working with Durrell’s Bird Department.


Choughs have been absent from the Channel Islands for nearly a century and with the UK population in serious decline this is an exciting opportunity to help restore an enigmatic species.  For further information, or to submit a letter of application and CV for consideration, please contact eluned.price@durrell.org. The closing date is 30th April 2017.



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Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
      

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