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Field assistant position for behavioural data collection on Geoffroy's spider monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi)

Hiring Organization:
Instituto de Neuroetologia - Universidad Veracruzana

Date Posted:
2019-04-02

Position Description:
Research assistant for behavioural data collection on Geoffroy?s spider monkey at Punta Laguna Reserve (Yucatan, Mexico)
The candidate will primarly assist researchers and collect behavioural and geographical data. Fieldwork will take place in the forest encompassing Punta Laguna's lake. Data collection take place for 4-5 days a week, 8 hours a day. Work duties include entering the collected data in excel worksheets.
The candidate will undergo a training period in order to learn to identify the monkeys and learn the data collection protocol used at Punta Laguna. Accomodation is provided at the field site: Punta Laguna is located between the touristical cities of Valladolid and Tulum. Field accommodation is equipped with running water, electricity, kitchen and shower. Pay-per-use WiFi is available at the local shop.
The candidate will work primarily with the PI (see contact info), but his assistance may be used in other ongoing projects taking place in Punta Laguna, which may include non-invasive collection of biological samples (i.e. feces and urine).

Qualifications/Experience:
Desired requirements for this position are as follow:

- Previous field experience in behavioural data collection, preferably on primates.

- Previous experience in working in tropical countries/climates, good physical fit, ability
to work in a group while living in an isolated area.

- Knowledge of basic Spanish is recommended.

Salary/funding:
Due to current funding situation, we cannot provide a salary for this position.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Meal and accomodation at field site will be provided.

Term of Appointment:
Minimum 6 months, preferably 9 to 12 months.

Application Deadline:
Applications are open until the position is filled

Contact Information:
Fabrizio Dell'Anna
Av. Dr. Luis Castelazo, Industrial de las ánimas
Xalapa Enríquez, Veracruz, none 91190
Mexico

E-mail Address:
dellanna.fabrizio@gmail.com

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