Field study on baboon behavior, physiology, and parasite ecology, South Africa
Duke University; Queens College, CUNY
We are looking for several volunteer field assistants to help with long-term monitoring of social behavior, feeding ecology, stress responses and parasite infections in wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) on the Cape Peninsula of South Africa.
New volunteers are accepted on a rolling basis at any time of year. A commitment of 6 months or more is preferred, but we will consider shorter stays.
Primary responsibilities will be the collection of behavioral and demographic data, monitoring of group movements and human-baboon interactions, collection and processing of samples for hormonal analyses, and data entry/management.
This is an ideal position for someone who wants to gain field experience in preparation for a graduate program in biological anthropology, animal behavior, or related fields.
- good physical condition,
- comfortable with living away from family and friends,
- excellent attention to detail,
- excellent social and communication skills,
- reliable and highly motivated,
- able to work independently and as part of a team.
Living costs are partly subsidized for all volunteers (see below).
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation in shared housing close to the field site is partly paid by the project; remaining contributions are about $200 per month per person. In addition, volunteers need to cover their own food expenses.
Term of Appointment:
Openings available at any time. Immediate needs for 2-4 volunteers starting in December 2013/January 2014.
To apply, please send an email to the address below, stating clearly why you are interested in this position, any relevant qualifications, and details about your availability (earliest possible start date, and duration of a potential commitment). Please attach a current CV or resume, and have two letters of recommendation mailed directly to the email address provided.
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