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field assistant

Hiring Organization:
Max-Planck-Institute for Evol. Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We offer two positions for a project aiming on habituating wild bonobos to the presence of researchers at the Ekongo field site of the LuiKotale Bonobo Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The project is in an early stage and the balance between direct observations and search effort is still poor. To compensate this, candidates should have a genuine interest in wildlife biology, tropical ecology, conservation, and related topics. The project offers immediate exposure to the fauna and flora of the central Congo basin and invites naturalistic activities other than those aiming at bonobo habituation. It is particularly suited to those enjoying the challenges of reaching difficult targets and may appeal to those having already worked as a team and/or having experience with similar work. Candidates will work together with local assistants and expat research assistants. Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale and Ekongo is available at:;;

The work requires endurance and a strong motivation to search and follow bonobos. Direct observations are complimented with information obtained from camera trapping. Daily duties include searching for, and efforts to follow bonobos. In addition, we collect systematic information from other sources such as nest sites, feeding remains, and other signs of bonobo presence. Essential requirements are (1) field experience, (2) above average physical fitness, and (3) resistance to social/psychological stress.

Living at Ekongo requires the capability to adapt to a remote environment, basic lifestyle, and tolerance to customs and practices of traditional human societies.
The two camps of Ekongo and LuiKotale host an international research team with communication among team members being in English and/or French. Communication with local field assistants is in French and/or Lingala.

300 Euro/month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food (mainly local food and some western food items)
- lodging (in tents) at the field site
- airfare for one domestic flight from Kinshasa to the field site and back
- contribution of up to 800 Euro to an international return flight (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF A 9 MONTHS TERM OF APPOINTMENT)
- please note that expenses during the stay in Kinshasa on the way in/out of Congo CAN NOT be covered by the project, and that basic health insurance that covers emergency repatriation and liability will be required.

Term of Appointment:
9-12 months

Application Deadline:
November 15, 2018

please send a CV, a letter of motivation, and contacts to three people who can serve as a source of reference to Dr. Barbara Fruth ( and to Dr. Gottfried Hohmann (

Contact Information:
Dr. Gottfried Hohmann
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04103

Telephone Number:
++49 341 3550 208


E-mail Address:

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