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Volunteer Research Assistant - Western Gorilla Research - Loango Gorilla Project

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Two research assistant positions are available in Loango National Park, Gabon to work on the Loango Gorilla Project, one starting in April 2019 and the other starting in May 2019, each for a one year period. We have one group of habituated gorillas. We spend nearly all day with them on most days. We are in the process of habituating a second group.
The assistant tasks will include: data collection on the habituated gorilla group, assisting in habituation of the second group, both which require long hours in the forest and a great deal of patience. Other tasks include data entry, and 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 swamps. Our camp is located on a lagoon.
The living conditions at this project are basic. Our camps has only basic amenities (no running water, only minimal solar power for electricity). We have about 12 people (Gabonese and expats) sharing the camp, so the ability to be a team player in work and off-time is necessary. 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 and interest to handle the living conditions at the site.
A minimum knowledge of French is a useful asset.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names and email addresses of 3 references via email by February 15th; However, review of applications will be underway as they are received. If you are interested, apply as soon as possible. Please don't send repeated letters of inquiry or telephone calls. If you cannot commit to a one year position, please do not apply.

100 euros per month. We also provide travel costs and most food.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
One round trip airfare to Gabon and transportation to study site will be provided (for start and end of position; not for holiday time). Accommodation (a tent on a wooden platform) 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 will pay up to 50 euros per month for health insurance. You also must have vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, TB, hepatitis A and B, polio, and meningitis. We do not pay for these vaccinations; the assistants must pay for them.
The assistants can have up to 2 weeks holiday, but this cannot be taken during the last month of the one year position. No all expat staff can take holiday over Christmas so it may be necessary to work then.

Term of Appointment:
1 year

Application Deadline:
February 15, 2019

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to
If you do not hear from me by March 1st, please assume that you are not being considered for the position.

Contact Information:
Martha Robbins
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04013

Fax Number:
+49 341 3550 119


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