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Chimpanzee research and habituation assistant in the Budongo Forest Reserve, Uganda

Hiring Organization:
Budongo Conservation Field Station

Date Posted:
2017-09-14

Position Description:
We are seeking a volunteer research assistant to assist in the longterm research and ongoing habituation of the Waibira chimpanzee community at the Budongo Conservation Field Station in Uganda. The Budongo Forest reserve covers an area of 482km2 in north-eastern Uganda bordering Lake Albert and the Murchison National Park, and has an estimated 580 chimpanzees.

The Budongo Conservation Field Station is an established and internationally renowned research centre located in a clearing approximately 3km inside the forest. The site has an existing habituated chimpanzee community that has been studied for over 27years; in early 2010 we expanded the range of research by starting habituation of the neighbouring Waibira community. For more information about the project and area please see the website: http://www.budongo.org

Chimpanzee habituation is a demanding job that involves long days and hard work in an isolated African rainforest environment; however, it presents an excellent opportunity to gain genuine field experience for those hoping to go on into graduate field research. We have worked with the Waibira chimpanzee community for over 6-years and many community members are now habituated. This position will focus on 1) increasing the habituation of our female chimpanzees, and 2) developing our long-term data collection of females with young families in this community. We employ a low-impact habituation protocol, and also employ remote data collection such as camera-traps, as well as traditional focal follows.

While this position is on a volunteer basis all essential costs (including travel, accommodation, insurance, a basic living allowance, and research fees) will be covered.

No prior primate field experience is required and we particularly encourage people from traditionally under-represented groups in our field to apply. The position will be supervised by Dr Cat Hobaiter, University of St Andrews (www.greatapedictionary.com).

Waibira team members will participate in longterm data collection and will gain training in a number of techniques. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to join ongoing research projects or it may be possible to collect data for their own research. All researchers are assigned a field-assistant to accompany them at all times while working in the forest reserve.

Qualifications/Experience:
This job presents the ideal opportunity for individuals with a Bachelors or Masters degree who are hoping to go on into postgraduate research but require field-experience.

No prior primate field experience is required. We particularly encourage people from traditionally under-represented groups in our field to apply.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate how skills acquired in other areas make them suited to the work. They will have an excellent level of physical fitness and be able to work independently under isolated and demanding conditions in a hot and humid environment, and with a small diverse research team.

Salary/funding:
While this position is on a volunteer basis all essential costs (including travel, accommodation, insurance, a basic living allowance, and research fees will be covered).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
While this position is on a volunteer basis all essential costs (including travel, accommodation, insurance, a basic living allowance, and research fees will be covered). The BCFS site has an established camp with sleeping, kitchen and shower facilities.

Term of Appointment:
June 2018 ? December 2018; 6-month period (there may be some flexibility on the starting date).

Application Deadline:
1st November 2017

Comments:
Please apply with a CV and a short personal statement indicating why you are suitable and what you would like to gain from this position (1-page max). Please contact Dr Hobaiter by email, as I travel regularly it make take time to respond.

Contact Information:
Cat Hobaiter
School of Psychology, St Mary's College, University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP
United Kingdom

Website:
http://www.budongo.org

E-mail Address:
clh42@st-andrews.ac.uk

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