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Volunteer Research Assistant
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
The position will be as a research assistant in Loango National Park, Gabon. We initiated a project to habituate western gorillas and chimpanzees in Loango in January 2005.
The position will begin in May-June 2013, for a one year period.
The assistant tasks will include: assisting in habituation of the gorillas and chimpanzees which requires long hours in the forest and a great deal of patience. Other tasks include data entry, and possible assistance with other projects including phenology, vegetation surveys, camera traps,and ape surveys.
Loango National Park is located on the coast of Gabon and consists of several ecosystems including coastal forest and swamps.
The living conditions at this project are basic. We have two main camps, with only basic amenities (no running water, only minimal solar power for electricity). The typical day consists of approximately 10 hours walking in the forest, often through swamps, average 10 km per day, rain or shine. The work is physically demanding.
The applicant must have at least a BSc in biology, zoology, anthropology or a related discipline. Previous field experience with primates or other animals will be viewed as a great asset. An interest in botany and general ecology is helpful.
The applicant should demonstrate an ability to handle the living conditions at the site. Experience driving a quad bike or motor boat is an asset.
A minimum knowledge of French is required.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names and email addresses of 3 references via email by March 10th; However, we will be reviewing applications as they arrive; please don't send repeated letters of inquiry or telephone calls. We will notify all candidates by May 1st.
150 euros per month
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
One round trip airfare to Gabon and transportation to study site will be provided. Accommodation (a tent) and basic equipment is provided. Basic food is also provided, but if you want anything special you need to purchase it yourself.
You will be required to have basic health insurance that also covers emergency repatriation and liability (we can cover a portion of this cost). You also must have vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, TB, hepatitis A and B, polio, and meningitis.
Term of Appointment:
March 10, 2013
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