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Intern Positions with Urban Howler Monkey Project in Paraguay

Hiring Organization:
Para La Tierra

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Position Description:
Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit conservation organization that protects habitats and species in Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. We are based in the tranquil city of Pilar, nestled in the wetlands of Ñeembucú.

The Black-&-Gold Howler monkey is found throughout the Atlantic Forest, Chaco and wetlands of Paraguay. Over the last 100 years Paraguay?s natural habitats have been devastated by the encroachment of industrial agriculture and cattle farming. In Pilar, several groups of howler monkeys have found an unusual way to survive the destruction of their natural habitat and have adapted to city life and are appear to be thriving in the concrete jungle! Very little is known about the behaviour and ecology of these unusual primates. As an intern with the PLT Primate Team you will have the opportunity to design and carry out your own project with the potential to make a significant contribution to the conservation of this unique primate population.

You will begin your project before you even leave home as you work under supervision of the Primate Project Leader, PhD candidate Rebecca Smith, to design your project and complete a literature review. By the time you arrive you?ll be in the final stages of planning and ready to introduce your project to the rest of the PLT team and then start data collection. At the end of your fieldwork, you?ll write up your project results and give a short presentation of your study to the other interns and volunteers in the house. After all your hard work you?ll leave with an academic reference and a certificate, plus hundreds of fantastic memories to share with those at home.

As tropical forests continue to disappear it is increasingly important to understand how wild animals can survive alongside humans. This is an excellent opportunity for someone preparing for further study in primatology or wild animal behaviour. This program will give you first-hand experience of studies of wild primates and teach you the skills you need to progress in your biology career.

Paraguay remains one of the least visited countries in South America yet is also amongst the most friendly, safe and traditional. Paraguay is perfect for an adventurer ready to explore a different world off the beaten track. Para La Tierra operates from the quaint colonial city of Pilar, aka ?The City of Birds?. This beautiful town, based around the lazy ?Arroyo Neembucu?, a large stream which feeds into the impressive Rio Paraguay, is home to stunning tourist attractions including a handsome cathedral, cotton factory, traditional markets, and colonial style buildings.

Costs -

$875 per month for the 1st 2 months and $825 for each subsequent month. There is a 25% discount for South American nationals.

This price includes all of your living costs during your stay with us. The meeting point is the bus terminal in Pilar. You?ll get three meals a day, a bed in shared accommodation with hot showers and access to WiFi. The fee also covers small administrative costs associated with your stay, and a small contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects.

We are looking for volunteer research assistants to start as soon as possible and applicants who can stay a minimum of three months will be preferred. So if you're motivated to do something 'Para La Tierra' [For the Earth] and make a real contribution to conservation in a little-known corner of South America, then get in touch with us at

- Be capable of working in hot/humid conditions.
- Be capable of team work and following instructions and also working independently.
- Have, or be working towards, a degree in biology/anthropology/zoology/psychology or a related field.
- Be interested in primate behaviour, ecology, and conservation.
- Be hardworking, trustworthy, and disciplined in following field procedures.

- Knowledge of animal behaviour and data collection.

This is a volunteer position. No salary is available.

Term of Appointment:
Minimum 3 month commitment

Contact Information:
Karina Atkinson
Pilar, Ñeembucú

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