Job Position: 
Volunteer work
Closing Date: 
Saturday, December 1, 2018

I am a PhD student with the School of Earth of Environmental Science at the University of Queensland. I am looking for a volunteer to help with field work on Christmas Island for 3 weeks to 6 weeks from late November/ early December onwards - yes this most likely means Christmas on Christmas Island! Fieldwork will include monitoring nesting Christmas Island thrush (Turdus poliocephalus eyrthropleurus) using motion sensing cameras and monitoring rat relative abundances (using ink card monitoring and hair tubes for DNA mark recapture). There may also be video processing/ data entry work to fill time between field work days on rain days etc. Basic accommodation and flights between Christmas Island and Perth will be provided, but the volunteer will need to cover food costs.

Requirements: I am looking for someone who is fit and confident in the field (especially off-track) and can work in hot and humid conditions while remaining positive and happy :) The jungle on Christmas Island is no walk in the park, it can be uncomfortable at times (hot, humid, rain, mosquitos) so you will need to be tough. You should also be familiar with GPS navigation/ using a compass or at least be willing to learn.

What to expect: Christmas Island is an unique, isolated island with a small, diverse community. The majority of the island is protected by National Park managed by Parks Australia. Christmas Island has a unique flora and fauna assemblage influenced by both Indomalayan and Australasian biogeography, including of course, the huge biomass of red crabs and robber crabs. Nov/December/Jan is peak crab activity time, so depending on the timing and magnitude of everything (main spawning event predicted for mid- November), you will potentially see the tail end of the red crab migration, red crab spawning, the return of the adults to the forest after spawning, and/ or the "return" (1 month after spawning) when the red crab megalopae emerge from the ocean and head into the forest. Red crab movement makes field work extremely challenging - a unique part of field work on Christmas Island.

We will be working ~6 hours a day on weekdays. Weekends will mostly be free. Some longer days or weekend work may be required depending on weather etc, but if/when this happens, rest days will be made up for. For rest days there is swimming and snorkelling, diving, fishing, spearfishing, bushwalking etc. See for more information.

Applications: Please email me telling me about your availability from 26th November to mid/ late January (there is quite a bit of flexibility around dates) and any previous experience (email: ASAP. You are welcome to also send your CV. A decision will be taken before the application closing date if an appropriate candidate is found.

I look forward to hearing from you!


Contact Name: 
Rosie Willacy
Contact Email: 
Job Location: 
Christmas Island