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Volunteer field assistant

Hiring Organization:
Durham University

Date Posted:
2018-04-27

Position Description:
We are looking for a volunteer field assistant to help with a project on health and communication in semi-free mandrills (Mandrillus sphinx) at the International Centre for Medical Research in Franceville, Gabon (CIRMF). The center has a colony of mandrills which live in large, forested, naturalistic enclosures. For more information on the colony and ongoing research there, see https://www.dur.ac.uk/anthropology/mandrills/. The field assistant will work together with Kessler and the Center staff on some or all of the following tasks:

1. Collecting fecal samples
2. Identifying individuals
3. Recording vocalizations
4. Photographing the mandrills
5. Collecting scent-samples
6. Collecting behavioral data
7. Data entry and data back-up

Field work is scheduled to occur in the summer of 2018. The assistant would accompany Kessler to CIRMF where they would work together for several weeks. The field assistant may need to remain at CIRMF for an additional several weeks to finish the data collection and assist with shipping samples back to Europe.

Qualifications/Experience:
We are looking for a volunteer research assistant with the following background:

1. A strong background in anthropology, biology, zoology, psychology, veterinary studies, primatology, conservation, or a related field.
2. Excellent working knowledge of French, ideally with experience living in a French speaking country
3. Experience traveling or living in Africa
4. The ability to work both independently and as part of a multi-cultural team
5. Physically healthy and capable of working in a hot, tropical rainforest climate
6. Motivated & responsible with a sense of humor
7. The ability to trouble-shoot problems
8. Highly organized and comfortable working long days
9. Prior experience doing fieldwork in animal behavior is a big plus, but not required.

Salary/funding:
No salary is provided, however accommodation in a room or house will be available for free at the Center and subsistence costs will be covered. The room/house has electricity, flush toilets, a refrigerator, and running (potable) water. It is sometimes possible to get internet on site through the local cell phone networks and internet is free at the Primate Center. The field assistant is responsible for obtaining medical insurance, any necessary vaccinations, and a malaria prophylaxis. We will cover domestic travel and reimburse the international flight up to £800 upon successful completion of the field season.

This is an excellent opportunity for Masters or Bachelors students who are interested in continuing on a career in primatology, biology, or conservation. If approved by the project PIs, it may be possible for the student to use some of the data collected for a thesis or to contribute to publications. For information about postgraduate research opportunities at Durham see here: https://www.dur.ac.uk/anthropology/postgraduatestudy/researchprogrammes/.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
We will cover domestic travel and reimburse the international flight up to £800 upon successful completion of the field season. No salary is provided, however accommodation in a room or house will be available for free at the Center and subsistence costs will be covered.

Application Deadline:
As soon as possible, ideally before May 18th, 2018

Comments:
Please submit your CV, a cover letter outlining your interests, motivation for applying, relevant experiences, and have two references submit letters of recommendation. Please email this information to: Sharon.e.Kessler@durham.ac.uk as soon as possible (ideally before May 18th, 2018). Applications will be evaluated as they are received until the position is filled.

Contact Information:
Sharon Kessler
Durham, none DH1 1PL
United Kingdom

E-mail Address:
sharon.e.kessler@durham.ac.uk

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