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Field work volunteer for an orangutan project

Hiring Organization:
University of Zurich

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are looking for a volunteer helping with a Postdoc project investigating cognitive performance of wild Sumatran orangutans. The work of the volunteer will include collecting behavioral data, conducting behavioral experiments, the collection of fecal samples as well as helping with archiving and organizing data at camp and helping with collective work at the research station such as phenology work and nest counts. The study is conducted at Suaq Balimbing research station in the Gunung Leuser national park, Aceh Selatan, Sumatra, Indonesia. Most data collection will be carried out in the form of nest to nest follows of the focal animals, through the peat swamp forest. Follow days will be physically and mentally challenging: camp will be left before dawn, followed by an up to 1.5 hours walk to the nest position and then full day observation by following the focal animal through the study area until the evening nest around dusk.
The volunteers will be accommodated in a basic camp together with students, other researchers and local field assistants. There is no hot water at camp as well as no electricity apart from generator power for some hours in the evening. There is only a weak cell phone signal and no internet.

Applicants should:
? Preferably have a background or profound interest in Biology
? Have experience with field work
? Be in excellent physical condition as the work in the peat swamp is physically demanding: it includes long walks through the tropical swamp forest, getting up early and long work days
? Be ready to live under very basic conditions and closely together with a small team of international researcher and local field assistants on confined space
? Be resistant to social and psychological stress
? Be able to live remote and isolated, with limited contact to the outside world
? Be experienced with traveling and living in foreign countries and cultures
? Have good observing skills including patience, persistence and a high level of attention to detail
? Be ready to work independently and flexibly come up with creative solutions to emerging problems
? Be willing to learn the local language Bahasa Indonesia as the local staff speak very little English only
? Be ready to travel independently in Indonesia and go through a lengthy permit process in different cities
? Be motivated, energetic and have the ability to maintain a positive attitude towards tiring and exhausting work

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Travel and permits expenses will be covered after the first 6 months of completed stay.

Term of Appointment:
We are looking for volunteers working for 12 months, preferably starting in September 2018.

Application Deadline:

Contact Information:
Caroline Schuppli
Winterthurerstr. 190
Zurich, none 8057


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