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Primate Project Leader

Hiring Organization:
Para La Tierra

Date Posted:

Position Description:

Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit organisation focused on the conservation of fragile habitats in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. We are based at Reserva Natural Laguna Blanca, in Department San Pedro in the east of Paraguay. We are seeking a scientist with experience in primates, socio-biology, behavioural biology and/or ecology who can supervise other researchers and volunteers. You also need to be able to commit to living at our research station.

Para La Tierra invites volunteers to assist in our ongoing research projects in this understudied and exciting habitat. This is an excellent opportunity for someone looking for a new challenge in a relatively unknown country, and to lead and conduct their own research with the support of an organisation.

The role is paid at Paraguayan minimum wage with bed, board and laundry service included.


You will be in charge of running the primate project based on the capuchin monkeys (Cebus apella) resident in the reserve, in close collaboration with the Scientific Director, who lives offsite. You will haeve the freedom to pursue research pertaining to your own interests. You will have volunteer helpers to assist you with the fieldwork, and will be expected to teach them scientific techniques relevant to your research. You will also be expected to communicate with the volunteers via email prior to their visit in order to help them to plan their visit.

You will be expected to seek funding and prepare grant proposals for your own projects and to collaborate with other members of staff in finding funding for other relevant Para La Tierra projects.

You will be expected to publish the results of your work in scientific journals, and in other media forms where relevant. It will be your responsibility to ensure that your projects are of a high enough standard for publication. You will also be required to assist where necessary Para La Tierra's outreach activities.

Masters or PhD qualification in biology, preferably zoology related discipline. BSc with suitable experience will be considered.
At least two years experience carrying out research at a biological research station.
Ability to write and troubleshoot field based scientific research projects.
Experience in scientific writing.
Excellent communication skills in English both spoken and written.
Experience in supervision of both volunteers and projects.
Ability to work under pressure and as part of a team.
Good physical fitness and an ability to work in the heat.
Ability to identify relevant grant giving organisations and to prepare grant applications relevant to your own projects and those of Para La Tierra.
Willingness to comply with a schedule with good timekeeping skills.
Excellent organisational skills.
Competence in using statistical analysis programs.
One or more publication in your own research field.

Desired but not essential:

Working knowledge of Spanish (candidates who speak Spanish will be viewed favourably).
Previous work experience in the neo-tropics.
Drivers (car and/or motorbike) licence.
Knowledge of GIS.

The role is paid at Paragauayan minimum wage ~$375 with all food included

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Full bed, board and laundry service.
Access to all onsite equipment.
Access to the internet via wi-fi connection.
Support of volunteers to help with research projects.
Access to leisure activities such as horse-back riding and kayaking.
Training opportunities.
Six weeks holiday per year.

Term of Appointment:
Contract until December 2014.

Application Deadline:
15th October 2012


Please send a CV and cover letter along with details of 3 references to

Selected applicants will then be invited to prepare a short project proposal and to attend a Skype interview.

Contact Information:
Karina Atkinson
Calle San Francisco
Santa Rosa del Aguaray, San Pedro

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