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Field Assistant

Hiring Organization:
University of Toronto

Date Posted:
2018-05-14

Position Description:
Hello, monkey lovers! We are seeking a volunteer field assistant for our upcoming research on
collaborative movement of vervet monkeys at Lake Nabugabo, Uganda. The assistant will help
collect observational behavioral data, assist in field experiments, and collect phenology data.
The term of the position will be from 6 to 12 months (see support provided).
Volunteers will gain valuable skills:
- Learn how to collect behavioral data (scan and focal sampling)
- Training in phenology methods
- Biological sample collection
- Teamwork! We value a peaceful and collaborative environment
- Field experiment design and execution
- Data entry

Qualifications/Experience:
This is an incredible opportunity for people of all experience levels. No formal experience is
necessary, as there will be training provided. However, preference will be given to those with
previous field experience or a background in behavioral ecology, biology, primatology, or
anthropology. For very involved assistants, there will be many opportunities to collaborate on
research and publications.
Required skills:
- Love of the outdoors, plants, animals, monkeys, dirt, rain, all of it
- Willingness to be immersed in a small Ugandan village, be respectful of local culture,
and go without a hot shower and other privileges
- Desire to learn about primate cooperative behavior
- Ability to go wherever the monkeys go (except in trees, that?s what binoculars are for!)
- Stamina for long days (10 hours) on your feet
- Staying focused after observing animals for many hours (more difficult than it sounds)
- Maintain a positive attitude after long days of work, rain or shine
- Ability to work and live amicably in a small group (~3-4 people)
Desired skills:
- Previous fieldwork of any kind (bonus if it?s with animals)
- Experimental design
- Relevant coursework on animal behavior, primatology, etc.
- Previous travel to the tropics, especially within Africa.
- Experience with Excel

Salary/funding:
No salary, but we do offer support for living expenses.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The term is flexible, from 6-12 months, so the support will vary accordingly and will be by
reimbursement. If the assistant works for 6 months, we will cover your accommodations; 9
months, your accommodations and reimbursement for one leg of your flight; 12 months, all
accommodations and roundtrip airfare (flights must be economy class and average cost (i.e. no
luxury flights)). You are responsible for your own meals (very inexpensive). There will be no
support for visa costs, immunizations, travel insurance, or other travel requirements.
Accommodations:
We live in a small fishing village along Lake Nabugabo. The village is small, but there are a few
small resorts near camp where you can usually connect to WiFi (weather/electricity
dependent). We live in small shared cabins with bunks and a communal outhouse. We are
fortunate enough to have fairly reliable electricity at the site and rain barrels for potable water.
There is no plumbing, so we either do ?bucket showers? or bathe in the lake (no shisto here!).

Term of Appointment:
6-12 months from September 2018-September 2019.

Application Deadline:
July 1, 2018

Comments:
To apply, please email a cover letter, CV, and a letter of recommendation to the email address
below. Please attach each as a separate Word document or PDF.
Please email if you have any questions! We are happy to provide more details about the
research and field site. We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Information:
Eve Smeltzer
Canada

E-mail Address:
eve.smeltzer@mail.utoronto.ca

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