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Wildlife Forensics and Population Genetics of Barbary Macaques in Morocco - Field Assistants and Lead Field Assistant

Hiring Organization:
International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Date Posted:
2018-06-02

Position Description:
The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is looking for three Field Assistants, one of which to be the Lead Field Assistant, to work on a field project on the genetics of the endangered Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in Morocco to be used for forensic investigations of the illegal trade in poached macaques, assessment of population genetic viability, and to aid management decisions. This project is to support the Born to be Wild Programme aimed at the sustainable protection of the Barbary macaque (https://www.ifaw.org/european-union/born-to-be-wild).

The position involves non-invasive collection of genetic samples from individuals across their distribution in Morocco. The work involves a lot of travel across the Atlas Mountains to locate and sample different subpopulations and requires identification of individual macaques and mapping sampling locations using GPS.


Field Site:

Work will be conducted across the Atlas Mountains of Morocco, with a permanent base in the town of Azrou in the Middle Atlas Mountains (with electricity, internet, hot water, and access to shops, banks, hospitals, post offices, etc.). Weather conditions vary dramatically depending on season and location, with hot, dry summers with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius and cold, wet, snowy winters with temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. Summer days are very long.

Work is mentally and physically demanding and therefore applicants must be fit and prepared to deal with challenging conditions. It is extremely important that assistants are able to maintain a friendly disposition and get along well with their team members when working and living together in close quarters, even when tired, hot, etc.

Qualifications/Experience:
- Field work experience and experience recognizing individual primates (preferably with macaques)
- Near-fluency in English
- BSc or above in a related field with a strong interest in conservation biology
- Be mentally and physically prepared for long days with extreme weather in difficult mountainous terrain, capable of working well with a team even under stress
- Highly independent, self-motivated, adventurous, able to problem solve and manage time and data; Additionally, the Lead Field Assistant should have strong leadership skills and be experienced in project management

Additional:
The following additional skills would be highly advantageous:
- Ability to speak French and/or Moroccan Arabic
- Clean, valid driving license and ability to drive a manual vehicle

Salary/funding:
These are unpaid volunteer positions. Accommodations will be provided and all within-country travel costs related to the work will be covered. Assistants will be responsible for their food costs (this is very inexpensive) and their own travel to the site and health insurance.

Term of Appointment:
The term is for approximately 7 months, beginning as soon as possible.

Application Deadline:
Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. To apply, please send a cover letter discussing your suitability, interest and availability, including whether you are interested in applying as a Field Assistant or the Lead Field Assistant, as well as your CV and the contact details of three references (two academic, one personal) to Ms. Liz AD Campbell at lcampbell.contractor@ifaw.org.

Contact Information:
Ms. Liz AD Campbell
Morocco

E-mail Address:
lcampbell.contractor@ifaw.org

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