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Intern Positions with Urban Howler Monkey Project in Paraguay

Hiring Organization:
Para La Tierra

Date Posted:
2017-04-02

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 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 unsual 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! The Para La Tierra Howler Project aims to establish the first long-term research in the behaviour, ecology and genetics of these unusual urban monkeys. Our main priorities are:

1. Daily monitoring of the groups to establish group demography, home range and territoriality, use of anthropogenic structures and diet.
2. Determine activity budgets, dominance hierarchies and social networks.
3. Collection of faecal and urine samples for future parasitological, hormonal and genetic analysis.

Para La Tierra is looking for research assistants to participate in data collection for this unique, ground-breaking project. Assistants will work under supervision of the Primate Project Leader, PhD candidate Rebecca Smith, and will be involved in all aspects of data collection and input.

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 paralatierra.py@gmail.com

Qualifications/Experience:
Qualifications:
- 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.

Preferred:
- Knowledge of animal behaviour and data collection.

Salary/funding:
This is a volunteer position. No salary is available.

Term of Appointment:
Minimum 3 month commitment

Contact Information:
Karina Atkinson
Pilar, Ñeembucú
Paraguay

Telephone Number:
+59585260074

Website:
http://www.paralatierra.org

E-mail Address:
karina@paralatierra.org

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