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Research assistant, Mondika Gorilla Research Center / Djeke Triangle Ecotourism Center
Wildlife Conservation Society - Congo Program
We are looking for two field assistants for an ongoing study on two habituated groups of western lowland gorillas at the Mondika field site in the Djeke Triangle, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville).
The assistants will be helping to run and supervise the activities at the site. Specifically, they will be responsible for the continuation of the ongoing habituation process of the second group Buka for tourism and research and for supervising all tourism activities with Kingo’s group.
The assistant is expected to help with the following tasks:
Ensure daily follows and continued contact with Kingo’s group through the supervision of research assistants and the team of trackers.
Continue the habituation process of second group Buka.
Maintain collection of basic data on gorilla group ranging behavior, interactions, demography and gorilla health monitoring (visual health data collection) for both groups.
Oversee all tourism activities with both groups at the site, which will include the role of tour group leaders with groups of tourists of course with the assistance of research assistants.
Maintain the monitoring of the ecological trail at the site.
Day-to-day running of the camp, including general maintenance of camp equipment, communications, infrastructure and implementation of daily work programs for trackers, research assistants, cooks and the guard (sentinel).
Essential requirements are high resistance to working for a long period in a remote rain forest environment, experiences in collecting behavioral data, and the ability to work in a team (2-3 Congolese research assistants, 2-4 local assistants and around 6 tracker).
This also means living on basic food and having limited email access (no internet and no telephone calls).
Field-work requires a lot of hard work with the daily follow of the habituated groups and particularly good social skills working with the "BaAka" trackers. The work demands high motivation and patience.
Practical and technical skills required to maintain the camps technical infrastructure (eg. solar electricity, satphone, sw-radio) are of advantage.
For communication with local assistants (Bangombe pygmies), basic skills in French are needed and the candidates are expected to learn Sangho to commnicate with the BaAka trackers.
no salary provided but ALL costs associated with the successful completion of the position will be covered
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The project will cover costs of visa, vaccination and the expenses for international flights up to $2000. This money will be reimbursed only AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of a 12-month term of appointment.
All costs while in Congo will be covered by the project. Food and individual lodging (in tents) will be provided at the field site. Also expenses for food and lodging during the stay in Brazzaville will be covered by the project. Expenses for private field equipment and medical supplies can NOT be covered by the project.
Term of Appointment:
12 months (starting in July 2014)
15th May 2014.
Please provide a CV and a cover letter.
As we receive many applications and have very limited internet and time, it is usually not possible for us to respond to each applicant individually. Consider your application unsuccessful if you don’t hear from us by the end of June.
The Mondika site falls under the umbrella of the WCS Nouabalé-Ndoki Project. The research assistants would report directly to the WCS-NNP Principal Technical Advisor and the Conservator of NNNP. Technical advices on gorilla habituation and on general aspects of gorillas, tourism activities and logistical aspects at the site are to be provided in collaboration with WCS-NNP Principal Technical Advisor.
For more information, please visit:
Avenue Charles de Gaule 151
Brazzaville BP 14537
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