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Research and Site Manager

Hiring Organization:
Wildlife Conservation Society

Date Posted:
2017-08-07

Position Description:
Mbeli Bai (Mbelibaistudy.org) is a 13 ha large swampy forest clearing in the south-west of Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park. Since 1995, the Mbeli Bai Study (MBS) has been a long-term research program that has provided unique insights into the social organization and life history of the elusive western gorilla. The continuous monitoring of individuals (today 424 gorillas) provides essential baseline life history data of this critically endangered flagship species.

The MBS aims to continue to enhance our knowledge of western gorillas and ensure the long-term protection of gorillas and other large mammals in and around the NNNP, through applied research, capacity building of Congolese assistants, raising awareness both locally and internationally, and protecting the area from illegal activities.

WCS seeks a Research and Site Manager to implement a coherent and scientifically rigorous research program, coordinate visiting researchers, supervise and train Congolese research assistants, oversee management of the camp, and communicate results to donors and the public. The Research and Site Manager will report to the Director of Research and Monitoring, NNNP.

Qualifications/Experience:
- At least a masters in ecology, animal behavior, or related environmental field. PhD preferred.
- Previous field experience required.
- The site is in a protected forest with high densities of wild animals, including elephants. Candidates must be comfortable moving around in this environment on foot (always with local guides). Above average physical fitness required.
- Practical and technical skills to maintain the camp infrastructure (eg. solar electricity, satellite phone, radio) are an advantage.
- Proficiency in French and English required.
- Ability to work for a long period in a remote rain forest site in a small team (with 2-3 Congolese research assistants and 3 local assistants). This also means living on basic food and having limited email access.
- Flexibile attitude and ability to improvise with limited resources.
- Previous experience in individual identification of primates is of high advantage and applicants have to be prepared for a 3-month learning period of the large visiting population of more than 130 gorillas.
- Leadership, tolerance, and a great sense of humor.
- Previous first aid training a plus.

Salary/funding:
Commensurate with experience

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
One round-trip ticket to Brazzaville from home country per year.
Domestic travel to and from site.
Food costs while on site (mostly local/canned food).
Accommodation in basic wooden house or tent on site

Term of Appointment:
The contract will be for one-year, renewable annually.

Application Deadline:
Until position filled

Comments:
Please send CV and letter of motivation to nnnp.recrutement@gmail.com in either French or English.

Contact Information:
Terry Brncic
151 Av General de Gaulle
Brazzaville, none
Congo

Telephone Number:
+242066724679

Website:
http://mbelibaistudy.org

E-mail Address:
nnnp.recrutement@gmail.com

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