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Field Assistant for Lemur Nutrition Project in Kirindy Mitea National Park, Madagascar

Hiring Organization:
Hunter College of the City University of New York

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are seeking a volunteer field assistant for a PhD research project studying lemur nutrition and community ecology in three species of lemurs in Kirindy Mitea National Park: the Verreaux?s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi), the red-fronted lemur (Eulemur rufifrons), and the red-tailed sportive lemur (Lepilemur ruficaudatus). The position begins in July/August 2018 for a period of 3 months, at a minimum.

In the field, the assistant responsibility will entail:
- Full-day behavioral observations and data recording (12-hour days)
- Plant and fecal collection (for nutritional analyses)
- Plant drying (for nutritional analyses)
- Recording GPS ranging coordinates
- Conducting phenology transects
- Leading research teams

The assistant will be trained in the current project protocols by myself and current field assistants. Please note that I will not be present for the entire duration of the position. Applicants should be willing to work as a team with the local field assistants.

Assistants are encouraged to formulate and work on independent projects as long as they fit within the existing data collection protocols. This position offers a valuable opportunity for gaining field experience prior to graduate studies. The assistant will gain firsthand knowledge of field methods necessary for conducting behavioral and ecological studies as well as nutritional studies. Please contact Santiago Cassalett ( for a detailed description of the project.

Applications should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Ecology, Anthropology, or other related field. Preference will be given to those with prior experience with animals, camping, and/or working outdoors in difficult conditions. Applicants should have experience living or working in a foreign country, with special preference for developing countries. Knowledge of French is helpful, but not necessary. Malagasy is the primary language and a willingness to learn and use Malagasy is a must. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in collecting systematic data in a scientific context.

This work will be rigorous and demanding. The field camp is remote (~57 km from closest town of Morondava) and the site does not offer electricity or hot water. The area is a dry-spiny forest with restricted water access. The climate is warm but can become cold at night. To be comfortable in these conditions, volunteers must be in good physical and mental condition. Applicants must feel comfortable being far away from family and friends, especially as the communication network (cellphone network) at the site is poor. It is necessary that applications have good social skills, especially in small groups, and be able to maintain a positive and humorous attitude towards challenging and tiring work.

* IMPORTANT ? BEES/WASPS are very common throughout the site ? anyone allergic should be aware that the closest doctor is at least 24h hours ? 3 days away. Please consider this factor when considering applying. *

This is a volunteer position so no funding is available.

Assistant can be expected to pay:
- RT airfare to Madagascar (cost varies)
- Domestic travel (to/from KMNP; cost varies)
- Malagasy Visa (~$80 USD)
- Station fees ($15/day for food and water)
- MICET facilitation fees ($350 USD)
- Park entrance/research fees ($25/month USD)

The assistant is also responsible for purchasing and providing proof of international health insurance and immunizations that permit work (vaccinations against typhoid, hepatitis, etc. and anti-malarials are strongly recommended). The assistant is also responsible for providing their own personal field gear (e.g., sleeping bag, tent, headlamp, etc.).

Term of Appointment:
3-months beginning in July/August (with the option to extend)

Application Deadline:

Serious applicants should submit the following to Santiago Cassalett via email:
1) Curriculum Vitae including relevant coursework, previous field/outdoor experience, and how you can be contacted.
2) Letter of interest (cover letter including dates you are available).
3) Reference from at least two persons (preferably professors or research supervisors with whom you?ve worked closely and professionally). They should provide information about your experiences, skills, and training.

Contact Information:
Santiago Cassalett
695 Park Ave. 8th Floor. HN833-B
New York, NY 10065

E-mail Address:

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