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About the fieldwork

In July, we visit arctic fox dens in parts of the Swedish mountain range/tundra. We do this to see if the dens are inhabited. At the same time, we conduct extensive surveys of small rodents and birds because their presence and abundance are very important for the arctic fox and our understanding of the Scandinavian tundra ecology. At inhabited dens, we to some extent study the arctic foxes' behavior and in some areas where we have extensive research going on experienced project members catch and tag cubs.

Since there are few arctic foxes around and reproduction are dependent on the availability of lemmings, we cannot guarantee that field workers will get to see foxes. It is therefore important to understand that the field work largely involves gathering information on the conditions for the foxes. If it is a good year with many regenerations the opportunities to see arctic foxes are relatively good.

Who are we looking for?

You are interested in nature and appreciate large amounts of rain, sun, wind, summer snow and mosquitoes. You will be on the mountain at least 3 weeks at a time and work in pairs with another volunteer. You live in tents and carry all the food and equipment. Walking will be between 10 and 20 km a day and because we often go off the trail with quite a heavy pack, it is good if you are in reasonably condition. Most importantly is your approach to field work in mountain terrain and that you do not give up when it gets a little uphill.

A small allowance/daily payment are given, and the project stands for travel expenses within Sweden to and from the mountains.

Questions? Contact Johan Wallén.