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Tsaobis Baboon Project Voluntary Fieldwork Positions

Hiring Organization:
Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

Date Posted:
2013-12-03

Position Description:
Tsaobis Baboon Project – Volunteer Field Assistants

The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of desert baboons in Namibia. Based at the Institute of Zoology (the research arm of the Zoological Society of London), and affiliated with the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Namibia), our aim is to carry out fundamental research in behavioural ecology and population ecology, and to inform conservation policy and practice for social species.

We are seeking to appoint six volunteer fieldworkers for the 2014-2015 field season, between late April 2014 and late January 2015. A range of 6-month and 3-month volunteer positions are available over this period. The fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on foot, collecting behavioural data from individually recognisable animals and their associated ecological conditions. Research over this field season will focus on three themes:

• Sexual coercion and conflicts over reproduction
• Social networks and information transfer
• Climate, behaviour, and host-parasite dynamics

Successful applicants will specialise in one of these three research areas, as well as contributing to the wider long-term study. Further information about the Tsaobis Baboon Project, the volunteer fieldworker positions, and the application procedure can be found on the Project’s webpages:

www.zsl.org/tsaobisbaboonproject

*The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 6th January 2014*

If you are unable to make these dates, there will be a second recruitment call for the last nine months of the 2014-2015 field season (October 2014 to July 2015) in May 2014.

Qualifications/Experience:
Volunteers are generally expected to be graduates with a good degree in the biological sciences. The Tsaobis Baboon Project is an excellent opportunity for graduate students to gain experience of field research before commencing a PhD. Applicants should be very physically fit, enthusiastic and hard working. Previous experience of fieldwork and a full driving licence are essential

Salary/funding:
Although we cannot afford to pay volunteers, we will cover all work-related travel and subsistence costs in Namibia (including food and accommodation at Tsaobis). The volunteer will be expected to cover the cost of their visa (about £100), but we will cover the costs of their insurance. In addition, we will contribute a minimum of £75 towards the cost of the air ticket following the successful completion of the first six months of the field season. All data collected during the course of the fieldwork will be the property of the Tsaobis Baboon Project, although volunteers will be fully acknowledged in all relevant papers arising from the Project.

Application Deadline:
The deadline for applications is 9am Monday 6th January 2014*

Contact Information:
Guy Cowlishaw
Regent's Park, London, United Kingdom NW1 4RY
London, none NW1 4RY
United Kingdom

Website:
http://www.zsl.org/tsaobisbaboonproject

E-mail Address:
guy.cowlishaw@ioz.ac.uk

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