Echo Parakeet Project Conservation Biologists

Mauritian Wildlife Foundation


Volunteer • Full Time

Reference: EP

Sectors: conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Friday, 3rd August 2018  

We are looking for applicants that have the following qualities/experience:

  • Have no fear of heights.
  • Climbing experience / a willingness to learn how to climb.
  • 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).
  • Strong observation skills.
  • Good practical skills.
  • 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.

Project background/ purpose

The echo parakeet (Psittacula eques) is endemic to Mauritius. The species began to decline in the nineteenth century as a result of habitat destruction and the introduction of invasive competitor and predator species. By the end of the 1980's, around 20 echo parakeets remained, making it the rarest parrot in the world. From that point intensive conservation management actions were applied on the population by the MWF. As a result of these actions, the echo parakeet population has risen to over 700 birds today. The purpose of this project is to safeguard the echo parakeet population by using conservation management actions to further encourage population growth. Conservation techniques used include; the provision of supplementary food, the provision of artificial nest sites, the removal of exotic competitors from nesting sites, close monitoring of the population and translocations and releases.

Job description

  1. Monitor every possible nesting site to determine breeding activity.
  2. Collect breeding data including number of eggs laid, chicks hatched and chicks fledged.
  3. Ring, measure and collect a blood sample from echo parakeet chicks.
  4. Remove introduced competitor species from nest sites.
  5. Search areas for new territories and natural cavities.
  6. Identification of individual birds at nest sites and as part of daily population monitoring.
  7. Conduct cleaning and disinfection of nest sites as required post breeding season.
  8. Build, maintain and install nest boxes.
  9. Implement strict disease management protocol.
  10. Record data accurately and to a high standard in the field.
  11. Participate in presentations of your project or of the work of the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation when required or other activities of the Foundation.
  12. Contribute to report writing if required to do so.

Duration: The position is from August to March and is renewable.

To apply: please send a covering letter and your CV to

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