Biomonitoring Project Team Leader
Max-Planck-Institute for Evol. Anthropology
We are seeking team leaders for a biomonitoring program in the southern part of Salonga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo. The project aims to compile an inventory of large mammals across the southern Salonga and corresponding information on vegetation and human encroachment. Data will be collected from line transects, recces, and camera traps. Each team leader will lead, coordinate and supervise the work of one team consisting of research assistants, local assistants, and members of the Congolese Wildlife Authority (ICCN). Work will be conducted by several teams operating independently of each other within the same part of Salonga.
Candidates will be responsible for data collection and logistics during survey trips, travel to the survey area and back to nearby villages, and communication with the Biomonitoring Coordinator who will be based in small villages in the vicinity of current survey area.
The team leader will participate in a workshop at the MPI in Leipzig to become familiar with the field protocol, modes of sample storage, and methods of data analyses.
Proficiency in oral French is essential. Candidates with language skills in French and English will be preferred.
Candidates must have experience in conducting logistics under difficult conditions. Daily tasks include (a) collection of survey work (line transect and recces), (b) placement and maintenance of camera traps, (c) data entry (short hand and electronic), and (d) navigation in difficult terrain. As field work will be extremely demanding candidates must be physically and mentally fit, able to spend long periods of time away from developed areas and be comfortable with minimal living conditions (no plumbing, electricity, or housing) in extremely remote locations. The candidate must be responsible, self-sufficient and able to work independently, capable of learning fast and making decisions on his/her own. He/she also needs to be able to work in a team and communicate well with other team members and the project managers at the institute. Candidates need to be proficient with computers, graphics and spreadsheets.
800 US$ per month.
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
All travel costs (from home country to Leipzig, Leipzig to field site, return from field site to Leipzig and to home country) will be provided. Half of the cost will be reimbursed on the candidate’s arrival at the field site, and the rest on the successful completion of the project.
Accommodation in Leipzig for the duration of the workshop.
Accommodation at the field site (housing in established locations or in most cases, tents).
Field survey equipment will be provided.
Expenses for visa.
NOTE: The candidates are required to arrange and cover the following:
- Health insurance that covers emergency repatriation and liability
- All vaccinations required for the country of travel prior to departure, and any medications needed, including malaria prophylaxis.
- Costs during the stay in Kinshasa.
Term of Appointment:
2015, January 15
The project is a joint venture of the WWF, MPI Leipzig and Munich University.
Appointments depend on the successful acquisition of funding. Currently, the grant proposal for the Salonga Biomonitoring Program is under consideration and the final decision on its funding is pending.
Applications must be received by Friday, August 1th, 2014 in order to be considered. If you receive no reply within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that you were not successful on this occasion. If short-listed, you will be required to provide 2 letters of reference (these can also be submitted with the initial application email if desired). Telephone interviews will be held early/mid August.
Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Deutscher Platz 6
++49 341 3550 208
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