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

Hiring Organization:
Duke University; Queens College, CUNY

Date Posted:
2014-08-11

Position Description:
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. 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.

Qualifications/Experience:
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

Salary/funding:
Living costs are partly subsidized for all volunteers (see below).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation in shared housing close to the field site is partly paid by the project; remaining rent contributions are about $200-250 per month per person, depending on room size.

Term of Appointment:
Minimum of 6 months preferred

Application Deadline:
Immediate needs for 2-3 assistants starting in September/October

Comments:
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
USA

Website:
http://research.steffenfoerster.com/tbp-project-overview

E-mail Address:
steffen.foerster@duke.edu

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