The Institute of Aquatic Ecology commenced a project in 2023 investigating the effects of urbanisation, climate change and invasive fish on amphibian communities in Hungary. The project involves amphibian surveys at 100 sites around Budapest and in Pest and Fejér counties during spring and summer. A variety of survey techniques are used to detect amphibians including visual searching at ponds and wetlands, and dip-netting and aquatic trapping.
This role will assist the Principal Investigator (PI) in conducting amphibian and habitat surveys in a variety of landscape settings, from ponds in city parks to large swamps in the countryside. One of the key roles of the position will be to liaise with property owners and managers to arrange access to survey sites. The PI is a native English speaker who will require a Hungarian speaker to act as a contact point for site access and for communicating with nature conservation groups and other stakeholders. Additional duties include helping with internal project management tasks (paperwork, placing orders etc.).
The position will require the successful applicant to be prepared to work occasionally long hours, sometimes outside of Budapest, and in large swamps. Some night work may be required.
The contract is for 6 months with a gross salary of 400 000 HUF per month.
• Bachelor of Science (minimum) in an environmental discipline.
• Ability to work long hours in the field under challenging conditions, around water and at night.
• Willingness to travel and stay away from home.
• Ability to record field data accurately.
• Good verbal and written communication skills.
• Good English language ability.
• Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders including property owners and government conservation officers.
• Driver’s licence with a willingness to drive.
• Experience in conducting ecological surveys, especially in freshwater habitats.
• Knowledge of the amphibians and fish of Hungary and the ability to identify species.
• Experience with GIS.
• Experience with 4wd.
Send your CV and motivational letter* (in English) directly to Csilla Laskai: email@example.com
Deadline for application: 12 January 2024 (interviews to be conducted in January and February)
Starting date: 1 March 2024
*The application must include the applicant’s professional CV and motivation letter with a photograph. Please attach a copy of the certificate (diploma) or language test certificate(s). Furthermore, a declaration that you consent to the processing of your personal data contained in the application materials as necessary in connection with the application process.