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Vervet monkey habituation assistant

Hiring Organization:
Mogalakwena research centre

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The volunteer will be responsible for the habituation of a vervet monkey troop resident on the Mogalakwena river reserve, for the purposes of future research studies and ecotourism. The monkeys are currently used to a limited amount of human presence, and we therefore need a volunteer who is patient and self-motivated in order to drive the habituation process forward and ensure a constant following of the vervet group is maintained. During the daily habituation process and following, data on population demographics, daily movements, behaviour and diet is to be collected. The volunteer may also be responsible for other assistants interested in the project.
The habituation of any species is a difficult job, and the monitoring of the vervet troop will involve long hours and early starts in the morning. This is however a unique opportunity for the volunteer to gain valuable in the field experience and in the establishment of habituation techniques specific to this species. The aim of the project is to have a habituated vervet monkey troop for future visiting researchers wishing to study aspects of this primate in an arid savannah landscape.
This private game reserve is situated in arid savannah in the northern reaches of South Africa. The beautiful Mogalakwena river flows through the reserve provided a variety of habitats for a multitude of bird and mammal species. There are also opportunities for the volunteer to become involved in other research projects being conducted through the research centre, such as giraffe research, carnivore sign surveys, bird monitoring, alien plants, anthropological and habitat related projects.

The volunteer is required to:
a.Have a background in zoology, ecology or a related field and an interest in primatology

b.Be reliable, patient and self-motivated and be able to work on their own or as a group. Responsibly following research protocols and methodologies.

c.Be tough individuals as the conditions in the bush can be harsh, we experience hot summers and the vegetation is very thick.

d.Some field experience is an advantage, but not a requirement.

This is a voluntary position, and therefore no salary is provided. Food, accommodation and traveling costs are for the volunteers own expense.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation is available on Mogalakwena river reserve. The bush camp has shared rooms, hot showers, flush toilets, an equipped kitchen and electricity. Office space and internet connection is available. Volunteers will be given the opportunity to join town trips for their grocery shopping. For more information on the research centre’s location, facilities and rates please visit the website at

Term of Appointment:
3 months minimum, after which they can stay as long as they like. Longer stay students will in turn take responsibility for other volunteers assisting on the project and are welcome to collect/use data for publication where appropriate.

Application Deadline:
There is no specific deadline for this project and applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

Contact Information:
Caroline Kruger
Alldays, none 0909
South Africa

Telephone Number:
+27 72 905 4349


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