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Research Assistantship in Wildlife Handling: Primates and their Community

Hiring Organization:
Field Projects International

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Position Description:
This training program targets students with an interest in wildlife handling, zoology, or veterinary science. Students will participate in an annual capture and release program mainly focused on tamarins in southeastern Peru. As part of our ongoing long-term monitoring project begun in 2008, each participant will handle upwards of 25 animals, gain valuable knowledge of their biology, learn to record morphometrics, collect and process a variety of samples, and become competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program. Our work in this project is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Perú.

Students will participate in an annual capture and release programs focused on nonhuman primates, bats, birds, and small to medium size terrestrial mammals (rodents, marsupials, armadillos, tayras) in southeastern Peru. Participants will work alongside several wildlife biologists and veterinarians obtaining opportunities to handle a variety of mammalian and avian species, gaining valuable knowledge of their biology, learning to record morphometrics, collecting and processing a variety of samples, and becoming competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program.

We are currently recruiting participants with the following requirements. If you are uncertain if you are eligible, contact us to confirm.

*Participants must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins

*Participants must demonstrate a grounding or strong interest in animal handling and biology

*Participants must be certain that they are not squeamish at the sight of medical equipment

*Previous field experience is not required, but previous handling experience (or some contact with animals other than your pets) is a plus

*Participants must justify why this program is important to them, and what they hope to gain from it

*Participants must provide a letter of recommendation from a source that can substantiate the participant?s experience and skills

*Participants must be in good physical condition, with the capability to walk 4 miles a day

*Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have, if we determine that being on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health

*Participants must sign waivers of liability for this project and for the field station before their participation in the project is finalized

*Participants must be willing to maintain long hours in the field, and return to complete data entry in the evenings.

*Sometimes we wait and are unsuccessful ? this is the nature of the work. Participants must demonstrate patience

*Participants must be reliable ? when a team is assigned to work with a group of animals, days of planning go into the execution of the protocol. Carelessness and tardiness on the part of the participant could jeopardize the entire project.

*Due to the nature of the work and weather constraints, participants MUST be willing to be flexible about their schedules

*Participants must exhibit a willingness to adjust your schedule to primate daily activity patterns. This can require waking up early, sometimes by 4 or 5 am, and going to bed early, 8 or 9 pm.

Program fee: $2250 for 5 weeks; $450 each additional week

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Includes food and lodging, transportation to the field station from Puerto Maldonado and back, training and use of field equipment

Term of Appointment:
May 27 ? July 21, 2019

Application Deadline:
April 15, 2019

Start dates: May 27, June 3, June 10. Minimum stay required 5 weeks. Appeals to majors: Vertebrate Physiology, Anthropology, Veterinary Science, Zoology
Training areas: Wild primate mark-recapture and handling, health assessments, TPR monitoring, morphological measurement.

Contact Information:
Mrinalini Watsa


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