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Volunteer research assistant: ecology, physiology and behavior of howling monkeys in Veracruz, Mexico

Hiring Organization:
Laboratorio de Ecología del Comportamiento de Primates, Instituto de Neuroetología, Universidad Veracruzana

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Position Description:
We are looking for volunteers to assist in projects on the ecology, physiology and behavior of mantled howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata) in Los Tuxtlas, southern Veracruz State, Mexico. Volunteers will assist in two main projects:

(1) The ecology of motherhood in mantled howler monkeys (coordinated by Pedro A. D. Dias)
(2) Socio-endocrinology of mantled howler monkeys (coordinated by Ariadna Rangel Negrín)

Volunteers will specifically receive training to assist in the following tasks:
1. Collecting behavioral observations on the time-budgets, lactation patterns, social interactions, vigilance and ranging patterns of mantled howler monkeys.
2. Collecting fecal and urine samples from howler monkeys for hormonal analyses.
3. Sampling vegetation in phenology transects.
4. Data entering into computer databases

Working schedule/calendar: 10 hours per day in the field from Monday to Friday; resting on weekends.

The qualifications we are looking for in a research assistant are:
- Be physically fit, and capable of undertaking fieldwork in hot/humid conditions.
- Be capable of teamwork and not have issues with authority figures.
- Have a background in biology/anthropology/zoology/ psychology or a related field (not mandatory).
- Be interested in primate behavior, ecology, conservation.
- Be hardworking, disciplined in following field procedures, and be reliable.
- Some knowledge of animal behavior and data collection preferred but not required.
- Enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the tropical rainforest.
- Enjoy being in the culture of southeast Mexico


Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Assistants will be responsible for airfare/transportation to and from the city of Catemaco and for food costs. Lodging will be provided by the field project (house with electricity, no hot water, bunk beds, bathrooms with showers, kitchen area), in Balzapote, a small town ca. 35 km from Catemaco, where banking, telephone services, hospitals, supermarkets, drugstores and other services are available. Traveling from Catemaco to the field site will be provided by the project.

Term of Appointment:
2.5 - 12 months or more starting April 2018

Application Deadline:

Contact Information:
Pedro Dias
Av. Dr. Luis Castelazo Ayala S/N, Colonia Industrial Animas, Xalapa, Veracruz
Xalapa, none 91190

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