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Field assistant for a project on nutrition and parasitism interaction in black horned capuchin monkeys, Iguazu National Park, Argentina

Hiring Organization:
Instituto de Biologia Subtropical - CONICET-UNaM, Argentina

Date Posted:
2014-03-07

Position Description:
Ilaria Agostini, researcher of the Argentinean Instituto de Biología Subtropical – CONICET-UNAM, is looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic field research assistants for a new project on tufted capuchin monkeys (Sapajus nigritus) in Argentina. The research is focused on the interaction between nutrition and parasitism and their effects on the health status of tufted capuchins, and it will take place in Iguazu National Park. The project is being supported by the National Geographic CRE-grant.
The assistants will be required to participate to the project between the 7th of May until the 1st of September 2014. It is strictly necessary that the candidates commit themselves to work during the entire duration of the field season. The assistants will be responsible for collecting behavioral data and fecal samples for parasitological analyses, provisioning monkeys with bananas on platforms, as well as habituating monkeys to visit a platform scale, collecting data on individuals’ body weight, and helping a veterinarian in the administration of anti-helminthic drugs to selected individuals. The assistant will also collaborate in data entry and fecal samples organizations and maintenance. The assistants will work in a team of doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers, and local field workers, who have been working in the project for many years.

Assistants will be based at the CIES (Centro de Investigaciones Ecológicas Subtropicales) Biological Station, approx. 400 m from the Iguazu waterfalls in Iguazu National Park, and 17 km from the nearby town of Puerto Iguazu. Buses connect the CIES with Puerto Iguazu (60.000 people) every 20 min. The area is covered with subtropical rain forest and hosts attractive animal species, like jaguars, pumas, ocelots, tapirs, deers, armadillos, toucans, snakes and several others. Assistants will be required to work at least 8 hrs in the field each day, about 25 days per month. There will be one day off per week, but almost never during the weekend. Assistants are required to regularly enter the data they collect on an Excel spreadsheet and keep data entry updated in order to have it complete at the end of the field season. This will imply additional work hours at the CIES lab/offices. Candidates should be physically and psychologically fit since they will walk on difficult terrain when following monkeys, frequently work in harsh conditions, with bad weather (low temperatures and rain), mosquitoes, ticks, and should be prepared for encounters with poisonous snakes which are quite abundant in the area.

Qualifications/Experience:
Applicants should have a solid background in primatology, animal behavior, ecology, biology, or biological anthropology. Moreover, previous experience in the field and demonstrated capacity for self reliance as well as social skills are highly appreciated.
The position will start in May 7st and will be ongoing until September 1st. Applicants should ensure a commitment to the project for all 4 months.

Salary/funding:
The project will cover for food and lodging fees at the CIES (which includes shared room & bathroom, use of laboratory facilities and kitchen), and costs of transportation within Argentina (e.g. return bus tickets from Buenos Aires tu Puerto Iguazu; only after successful completion of the 4 months term). Binoculars, two-way radios, watches, compass, and notebooks will also be provided, but assistants should bring their own field clothes and possibly their own laptop. Accident insurance will be provided by the project, but applicants should care for any other personal expenses.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Assistants will be accommodated at the CIES Biological Station.

Term of Appointment:
Four months (from May 7st to September 1st , 2014)

Application Deadline:
March 25, 2014

Contact Information:
Ilaria Agostini
Bertoni 85
Puerto Iguazu, Misiones 3370
Argentina

Telephone Number:
0054-3757-423511

E-mail Address:
agostini.ilaria@gmail.com

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