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Urgent Field Assistants needed in Cueva de los Guácharos National Park, Colombia for critically endangered woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha lugens) project

Hiring Organization:
Universidad de los Andes

Date Posted:
2018-05-30

Position Description:
We are looking for volunteer research assistants to help with an ongoing project at Cueva de los Guácharos National Park in Colombia. This study investigates the diet of the critically endangered woolly monkey (Lagothrix lagotricha lugens) in one of the few places where it is able to find wild populations. The aim of the study is to assess how the fruit and arthropod availability shape the behaviour and consumption of resources.

Conditions at the field station can be rough and the whole day will be spent in the forest (from early morning until sunset). Field assistants must be willing to work as a team and demonstrate skill in leadership positions.

Volunteers/students will be part of a team and each person will be responsible for the following:
1. Recording data of individuals according to the established protocols
2. Recording data on fruit productivity, including collecting fruits from traps, and drying/weighing samples
3. Collecting fecal samples
4. Identifying woolly monkeys using natural features in order to collect data on individual Woolly monkeys.
5. Data entry

Qualifications/Experience:
These positions are open to anyone with an interest in animal behavior, ecology, botany or other related fields. No specific experience is required for the position, however, the ideal application should:

1. Have a background in biology, anthropology, primatology or a related field
2. Have a healthy dose of patience and persistence
3. Being physically fit and prepared for fieldwork conditions (rain, mud, cold weather)
4. Be willing to walk through dense vegetation in pursuit of monkeys
5. Be able to work in a team, as well as independently
6. Have excellent attention to detail
7. Be enthusiastic, motivated, mature, reliable and highly committed to scientific research
8. Be interested in primate behavior, ecology, and conservation.
9. Lots of patience.

Qualifications/Experience:
*Prior experience is plus but not strictly necessary if you are truly interested
** Applications will be evaluated in the order they are received. The position will remain open until filled

Salary/funding:
Field assistant positions are currently available. Salary might be provided depending on the experience of the field assistant, but all meals, accommodations and local transportation will be covered by the project.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
All meals and accommodations, as well as round-trip from Bogotá to the field site, are covered for this position. International assistants will be responsible for their own international travel/health insurance and any necessary vaccinations (yellow fever).

Application Deadline:
July 9

Comments:
If you are interested, please send an e-mail to ml.fonseca946@uniandes.edu.co with the title subject "Field assistant Guácharos." In addition, the e-mail should include a pdf with:
- Curriculum vitae
- Cover letter stating the reasons for why you are interested in participating in the project (maximum 1 page).
- Two people who can give references about your experience, skills and training in relevant areas

This position is a great opportunity for someone who wants more field experience before graduate school, as they will learn several field methods relevant to the study of animal ecology and behaviour.

Contact Information:
Manuel L Fonseca
Colombia

Telephone Number:
+573168581163

E-mail Address:
ml.fonseca946@uniandes.edu.co

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