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Field Assistant

Hiring Organization:
University of Portsmouth

Date Posted:
2018-05-11

Position Description:
We are looking for volunteers to assist with a research project looking into the development of chimpanzee vocal communication at Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage. Chimfunshi, located in the Copperbelt Region of Northern Zambia, is home 120 semi-wild chimpanzees, each belonging to one of four separate colonies. Chimfunshi is located in a forest habitat, similar to that of wild chimpanzees, and each of the four colonies occupies an identical habitat, making Chimfunshi a unique place for studying chimpanzee behavior. As a project aimed at understanding the development of chimpanzee vocal communication, we are looking for a field assistant to help collect video and audio recordings using observational methods, with a particular focus on infant and juvenile chimpanzees.

Qualifications/Experience:
You will receive all relevant training in video and audio data collection methods as a part of the position, and therefore no specific qualifications or experience will be required.

Salary/funding:
We are not able to offer any financial support. Volunteers will be responsible for covering all travel expenses, meals, lodging, and vaccinations.

There are also opportunities to use the data you collect as a part of a dissertation project for the Masters degree in research (MRes) course at the University of Portsmouth.

Term of Appointment:
June - October 2018, Minimum 1 month, Maximum 4 months, start and end dates are flexible.

Contact Information:
Derry Taylor
King Henry Building, King Henry I Street
Portsmouth, none PO1 2DY
United Kingdom

E-mail Address:
derry.taylor@port.ac.uk

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