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H.E.L.P Congo (Habitat Ecologique et Liberté des Primates )
We are looking for a veterinarian to work in our release sites.
The candidate will have the opportunity to work with released chimpanzees, on an ongoing project in the Conkouati Douli National Park, a long-term field site in the Republic of Congo.
The veterinarian will be affiliated to the Triangle and the Bivouac(release sites) and the Sanctuary.
In addition to the regular vet tasks, the volunteer veterinarian will also be asked to assist the veterinarian in charge of the sites and will therefore have to help:
- preparation of meals for chimpanzees
- construction, maintenance of infrastructure
- weekly report for our website
- monthly report
- data collection on chimpanzees
- participating in the release program…
The candidate will: (1) be trained before going in the field is possible; (2) will learn to identify individual chimpanzees in a released community of chimpanzees; (3) will work alongside an existing team of personnel, (4)record detailed behavioural observations.
This field work includes long-distance walking through very difficult terrain, long days work, sometimes from dawn to dusk, in all weather conditions.
This position will provide the successful applicant with an excellent opportunity to gain extended fieldwork experience with detailed behavioural research or to become the official veterinarian of the project.
- Official degree (a copy will be asked)
- Experience in Africa, animal behavioural research experience, primatology
- Knowledge of French
- Field experience, preferably in a tropical climate;
- Above average physical fitness and tolerance of demanding physical conditions and resistance to social and psychological stress;
- Ability to live in a very remote and basic camp, far from the family
- Ability to work with an international and local team;
- Strong social skills and patience;
- High degree of self-motivation and responsibility;
- Respect for and willingness to adapt to local customs;
- Respect for the project you will work for.
- If possible, practical and technical skills required for orientation and navigation in the forest (GPS, compass)
The volunteer veterinarian will not be paid. It is a volunteer position. Like all volunteers, the applicant will have to pay for the three first months (450 Euros per month for food, housing, transport, NGO fees). However, after this period of time, housing and food will be covered by the NGO. So the volunteer vet will stay for free.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Visa, flight might, vaccination, medicine and personal expenses will not be covered by the project.
Meals: basic food: local products, rice, beans, bread, tomatoes cans…
Term of Appointment:
As soon as possible
Until the position is filled
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