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Orangutan Project Research Manager

Hiring Organization:
Gunung Palung Orangutan Project

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Position Description:
A motivated individual is needed for a minimum one-year (preferably two year) position managing the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project Research program in Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia. This project is a long-term study led by Dr. Cheryl Knott and investigates orangutan reproduction, behavior, social organization and physiology within an ecological context. It is located in a remote area of primary tropical rain forest. Detailed behavioral data are collected in addition to urine and fecal samples from which hormonal, digestive, and genetic analyses are undertaken. Studies are also being done of orangutans parasites and health. All orangutan foods are collected and processed to analyze the caloric and nutrient composition of the orangutan diet. The project is also investigating broader issues related to great ape and human evolution. It has relevance for understanding the limits on the reproductive potential of orangutan populations and is important for conserving this endangered species.

The Research Manager is responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, including following and collecting behavioral data on orangutans; training and supervision of field assistants, students, and volunteers; sample handling and processing; data entry; supervision of camp staff and logistical running of the research station. The Research Manager assists with obtaining research and sample collection permits and facilitating communication between research project collaborators. The Research Manager also manages the project's finances and assists in grant reporting.

Applicants should have an anthropology or biology related degree, a strong interest in primate ecology and behavior, previous rain forest experience, be physically fit, independent, resourceful, able to handle substantial responsibility and have lots of energy! Managers must be comfortable living in a remote (but stunning) setting with few amenities and in close proximity to other researchers and local assistants. Experience working in Indonesia and prior field and management experience is highly preferred.

A monthly stipend will be provided dependent on experience.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The Research Manager will reside at Cabang Panti Research Station in the middle of the Bornean rainforest, with expenses covered for food, lodging and transportation.

Term of Appointment:
minimum one-year (preferably two year) position

Application Deadline:
December 31, 2019

Interested applicants should send a CV and personal statement detailing 1) their reasons for applying for this position, 2) their experience in primatology or other wildlife studies, 3) field research or living in a rain forest setting, and 4) managing a team or a location site to Dr. Cheryl Knott Short listed candidates will be asked for letters of recommendation.

Contact Information:
Cheryl Knott
232 Bay State Road
Boston, MA 02215

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