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Chimpanzee habituation team member in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda
Budongo Conservation Field Station
We are seeking a volunteer field assistant to assist in the ongoing habituation of the Waibira Chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) community at the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda. The Budongo Forest reserve covers an area of 482km2 in north-eastern Uganda bordering Lake Albert and the Murchison National Park, and has an estimated 580 chimpanzees.
The Budongo Conservation Field Station is a well-established and internationally renown research center located in a clearing approximately 3km inside the forest. The site has an existing habituated chimpanzee community that has been studied for over 20years; in early 2010 we expanded the range of research by starting habituation of the neighbouring Waibira community. For more information about the project and area please see the website: http://www.budongo.org and site weblog: http://budongo.wordpress.com
Chimpanzee habituation is a demanding job that involves long days and hard work in an isolated African rainforest environment; however, it presents an excellent opportunity to gain genuine field experience for those hoping to go on into field research. Team members are expected to participate fully in data collection and will gain training in a number of techniques. As well as daily duties with the habituation project, all volunteers will have the opportunity to spend several days assisting with an ongoing research project with the habituated group.
The position is on a volunteer basis and candidates will have to cover their own travel costs, camp fees and living expenses; however, successful candidates can expect to gain an excellent grounding in field-research. All volunteers will be assigned a field-assistant to accompany them at all times while working in the forest reserve.
This job presents the ideal opportunity for individuals with a Bachelorís or Masters degree who are hoping to go on into postgraduate research but require field-experience.
Existing fieldwork experience is therefore not required; however, successful applicants will have an excellent level of physical fitness and be able to work independently under isolated and demanding conditions in a hot and humid environment (the site has an established camp with sleeping, kitchen and shower facilities).
This is a volunteer position, volunteers are eligible for consideration in long-term partly-funded positions after a 4-month trial period.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Position is on a volunteer basis and candidates will have to cover their own travel costs, camp fees and living expenses, however successful candidates can expect to gain an excellent grounding in field-research. All volunteers will be assigned a field-assistant to accompany them at all times while working in the forest reserve.
Term of Appointment:
Jan 2013 - ongoing; minimum 4-months on site
5th December 2012
Please contact by email, as we are based in Africa it may take up to 2-weeks to respond to initial inquiries. Please do not attach files to email queries unless requested to do so as our internet connection at camp does not always handle these well.
School of Psychology, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews
St Andrews, none KY16 9JP
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