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Volunteer Research Assistant - Western Gorilla Habituation

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We have two research assistant position available in Loango National Park, Gabon. We initiated a project to habituate western gorillas and chimpanzees in Loango in January 2005. We are looking for two people to work on the gorilla habituation, starting in July-August 2014, for a one year period.
The assistant tasks will include: assisting in habituation of the gorillas 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, chimpanzee habituation, 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 May 10th; However, we will be reviewing applications as they arrive; please don't send repeated letters of inquiry or telephone calls.

150 euros per month to be paid within Gabon

Support 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. You also must have vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, TB, hepatitis A and B, polio, and meningitis.

Term of Appointment:
1 year

Application Deadline:
May 10, 2014

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to
If you do not hear from us by June 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


E-mail Address:

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