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Field Manager position for Ranomafana Ruffed Lemur Project in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Hiring Organization:
Hunter College CUNY

Date Posted:
2019-12-01

Position Description:
Effective IMMEDIATELY. We are seeking one (1) Field Manager for a long-term study of black-and-white ruffed lemur social dynamics (Varecia variegata) in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar (see http://www.hunterpmel.org/fieldwork for details) to begin ASAP for a MINIMUM period of 6 months, preferably longer.

As Field Manager responsibilities will entail:
- Leading research teams and coordinating research
- Coordinating field expeditions
- Full-day behavioral observations (12-hour days)
- Recording GPS ranging coordinates
- Fecal collection (for microbiome, hormones)
- Data entry

*The Field Manager will be expected to spend 2-week field expeditions in the forest (Mangevo bushcamp), with Sundays off for personal time. Expeditions are separated by one-week that will be spent at in our project house and/or at CVB Research Station entering data, processing samples, and/or coordinating forthcoming field expeditions.

New volunteers will be trained in current project protocol by our current Field Manager, Malagasy PhD students, and/or experienced CVB technicians. Please note that I will not be present for the majority of the field component of this study. The Field Manager and assistants should therefore be willing to work as a team and demonstrate ability in leadership positions.
I encourage assistants to work on independent projects/research questions as long as they fit within the existing data collection protocol. This position is a great opportunity for someone wishing to gain field experience prior to graduate study, as you will learn various field methods relevant to the study of animal behavior and ecology. Past assistants have gone on to graduate school and/or have published first-authored manuscripts as a result of their experiences. Please contact Andrea Baden (andrea.baden@gmail.com) for a more detailed description of the project.

Qualifications/Experience:
Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Ecology, Anthropology, or other related field. Preference will be given to those with prior experience with animals, camping, and/or working outdoors under difficult conditions. Applicants should have experience living or working in a foreign country, with special preference for developing countries. Knowledge of French is helpful, but not necessary; however, a willingness to learn and use Malagasy is expected. Preference will be given to applicants experienced in collecting systematic data in a scientific context, and a strong interest in primate behavior and ecology is a must.

This work will be rigorous and demanding. The bushcamp is remote (25km/5 to 6-hour hike from the nearest road), the terrain is difficult (mountainous and steep with limited trail systems) and the site does not offer electricity or hot water. Leeches and other pests are common, and the climate is often quite cold and rainy. To be comfortable in these conditions, volunteers must be in good physical and mental condition. They must feel comfortable being far away from family and friends and be emotionally mature, energetic, and patient. It is necessary that applicants have good social skills, especially in small groups, and be able to maintain a positive and humorous attitude towards challenging and tiring work.

Research will be based out of and logistics coordinated by the newly constructed state-of-the-art Centre ValBio Research Station, which has electricity, hot water, high speed internet, beds/bedrooms and all modern conveniences.

Salary/funding:
$250/month contingent on a minimum 6-month commitment

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
In addition to a monthly stipend, the RRLP will cover*:
- CVB Station fees (US $35/day * ~7days/month)
- MICET facilitation fee (US $350)
- Park entrance/research fees (US $25/month)
- Camping fees (food, camp site fees, etc.)(US $4/day * 21 days/month)

Therefore, the Field Manager can expect to pay**:
- RT airfare to Madagascar (cost varies)
- Extendable Malagasy visa (~$80 USD)
- Domestic travel (to/from RNP; cost varies and may be shared with other researchers, depending on arrival schedule)

*The RRLP will ONLY cover research-related expenses including MICET fees, park entrance tickets, and costs associated with living and working in the field. The project cannot reimburse for international transportation or costs that are not directly associated with the study.

**Assistants are also responsible for purchasing and providing proof of international health insurance and immunizations that permit work (anti-malarials are a MUST; vaccinations against typhoid, rabies, hepatitis, etc., are all also strongly recommended), and their own personal field gear (e.g., clothes, sleeping bag, tent, etc).

Term of Appointment:
6-months beginning January 2020 (with the option to extend)

Application Deadline:
ASAP

Comments:
Serious applicants should submit the following:
1. Curriculum Vitae including relevant coursework, previous field/outdoor experience, and how you can be contacted
2. Letter of interest (please include dates you are available)
3. References from at least two persons (preferably professors or research supervisors with whom you?ve worked closely and professionally) in which they provide information about your experiences, skills, and training.

Contact Information:
Andrea Baden
695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
USA

Telephone Number:
631-252-4915

Fax Number:
631-632-9165

Website:
http://www.HunterPMEL.org

E-mail Address:
andrea.baden@gmail.com

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