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Baboon Research Assistant

Hiring Organization:
University of Cape Town

Date Posted:
2017-09-17

Position Description:
We are looking for a volunteer field research assistant to help with a PhD project on a suburban-dwelling troop of chacma baboons in South Africa. The project is located in a small coastal community in the Western Cape Province.

This interdisciplinary project involves understanding the behavioral and ecological adaptations of a single baboon troop living in a human-modified landscape. The project also involves understanding resident attitudes and perceptions of baboons. The small community is a registered conservancy and promotes coexistence with the resident baboon troop.

The field assistant's main duties are to: (a) collect detailed behavioral data on 23 individually identified baboons, (b) assist with resident questionnaire distribution, (c) accurately enter data on a daily basis, and (d) assist with other small project-related tasks as they arise.

This is an excellent opportunity if you are looking for behavioral fieldwork experience with primates. Additionally, the field site is located in a beautiful coastal village next to the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve and a moment?s walk to the beach and mountains.

Qualifications/Experience:
1. Applicants must have completed at least an undergraduate university degree in zoology, biology, animal science or other related field.

2. Experience working with primates, ideally baboons.

3. The ability to identify individual primates based on natural features only.

4. Experience traveling and living abroad.

5. Ability to work and live closely with others.

6. Previous experience working on a behavioral research project is preferred.

7. Fluency in written and spoken English is mandatory.

Additionally, we are looking for someone who is healthy and reasonably fit, able to work as part of a team but also on their own, highly interested in primate behavior and conservation, driven, respectful, professional and friendly.

Salary/funding:
This is a volunteer position and no funding can be provided.
Assistants will need to budget 3500 ZAR (approximately 250 USD) per month for rent/utilities. Assistants should also budget for an additional 2500 ZAR (approximately 200 USD) per month for food & any personal items.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Accommodation is in a comfortable modern house at the field site with the principle investigator. The house is equipped with all modern amenities (including wifi), is approximately 30 minutes from the nearest towns and one hour from the city of Cape Town.

Term of Appointment:
3 month minimum

Application Deadline:
Positions will be filled on a rolling basis

Comments:
To apply, please email your resume, the names and contact details of two professional references and a cover letter detailing your specific interests in this project, why you believe you are suitable for the position and the dates of your availability.

Please feel free to email with questions or for more information about the project.

Contact Information:
Joselyn Mormile
Cape Town, none
South Africa

Telephone Number:
+27 060 497 9066

E-mail Address:
joselyn.e.mormile@gmail.com

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