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field assistant

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

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are searching two assistants to take over an ongoing project to habituate one bonobo community at the Ekongo site of the LuiKotale Bonobo Project in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Habituation started in 2016/17 and is still in an early stage. Direct observations are short and the work requires endurance and a strong motivation to search and follow bonobos. Direct observations are complimented with information from camera traps that help with detecting physical traits. Assistants conduct daily walks through the forest to locate bonobos and attempt to follow individuals during the day as long as possible. Work includes taking notes on the foods consumed by bonobos, scoring locations of nest groups, travel routes etc. and analyzing recordings from camera traps. Candidates will work together with local assistants and are accommodated at the camp site of Ekongo. Information about the field site and research activities at LuiKotale and Ekongo is available at;;

Essential requirements are: (1) field experience, preferably in an African country (2) above average physical fitness, (3) above average resistance to social/psychological stress, and (4) practical and technical skills required to orient and move across dense tropical lowland forest without prominent land marks. The work requires a strong motivation to take on responsibility, social skills, technical and analytical competence, the capability to adapt to a remote and basic environment, and a tolerance to customs and practices of traditional societies.
The camps of Ekongo and LuiKotale host an international research teams and communication among team members is in English and/or French. Communication with local field assistants is in French and/or Lingala and knowledge of one of these languages is mandatory.

300 Euro/month

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
- food (mix of 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)
- expenses for visa (reimbursement ONLY AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION)
- 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:
September 2018

Application Deadline:
August 31

please send a letter of motivation, your CV, and names of at least 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


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