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Primate Research Volunteer

Hiring Organization:
Little Fireface Project

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Little Fireface Project is looking for research volunteers to aid in our nocturnal behavioural data collection of Javan slow lorises.

Slow lorises are a unique group of primates found throughout South and Southeast Asia. Their vice-like grip, snake-like movements, shy nature, and most remarkably, their venomous bite, make them unique amongst the primates. They also are to many people undeniably adorable, and to others, nature?s answer to over 100 diseases. Their slow movements make them easy prey to expert hunters who literally empty the forests of these shy primates ? amongst the most common mammals seen in Asia?s illegal animal markets, but amongst the rarest spotted even in Asia?s best protected forests.

The Little Fireface Project is the world?s longest running loris conservation project. Our research was highlighted in the award winning 2012 film Jungle Gremlins of Java. We aim to save lorises from extinction through learning more about their ecology and using this information to educate local people and law enforcement officers, leading to empathy and empowerment whereby people in countries where lorises exist will want to save them for themselves. This is done through education, media, workshops and classroom programmes. Our education does not stop in range countries, but also reaches out to potential western purchasers of loris pets.

Volunteers are crucial to aid in our long-term data collection. The usual work includes radio-tracking and behavioural observation during the night. A team consists of a volunteer and a local tracker. We work 5 days per week during the night and a half-day during the day. The schedule can change following the needs of the project. The normal work shifts for the night are from 5 pm to 11 pm and from 11 pm to 5 am.
During certain times of the year (e.g. mating season) full-night follows and
full-week follows may be necessary.

For more information please visit our website to learn more about our volunteer program at

Ideal Qualifications (but not necessary for successful applicants)

Volunteer experience with animal husbandry, data collection, data analysis or relevant fields

Bachelors degree (or in current pursuit of a Bachelors degree or higher) in a related area

Experience travelling or living in a foreign culture

Experience living and working in field conditions (especially shared spaces)

An easygoing attitude and good work ethic with an eagerness to participate in nocturnal loris behavioural data collection.

Volunteer fees depend on the length of stay:

see our volunteer page for more information:

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Volunteer fees include lodging in the field station (shared rooms), two meals per day, and use of all field equipment (GPS, radio tracking equipment, head torches etc.).

Volunteers are responsible for their own transport to and from the field station, travel insurance and visa expenses.

Application Deadline:

Contact Information:
Sharon McCabe
Oxford, Oxfordshire OX41NF
United Kingdom


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