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Field Assistant Positions -- Chacma baboon behavior, physiology, and parasite ecology, South Africa

Hiring Organization:
Duke University

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for several volunteer field assistants to help with monitoring of social behavior, feeding ecology, stress responses and parasite infections in wild chacma baboons (Papio ursinus) in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. 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. In addition, volunteers will help with the habitation of a new study troop and mapping of vegetation. Further details about the field site will provided to short-listed candidates.

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.

Minimum qualifications:
- good physical condition,
- excellent attention to detail,
- excellent social and communication skills,
- reliable and highly motivated,
- able to work independently and as part of a team,
- comfortable with living away from family and friends

No support available at this time. Contribution to return airfare depending on duration of commitment.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation in shared housing close to the field site; rent contributions are about $250 per month per person.

Term of Appointment:
Starting in June/July 2015. Minimum of 6 months preferred.

Application Deadline:
May 30, 2015 - Several openings remaining as of May 14, 2015

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.

Contact Information:
Steffen Foerster
Department of Evolutionary Anthropology, Duke University
Durham, NC 27704


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