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Volunteer Research Assistant
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
We have 3 research assistant positions available in Loango National Park, Gabon. We initiated a project to habituate western gorillas and chimpanzees in Loango in January 2005.
The positions will begin in July-August 2013, for a one year period. WE NEED SOMEONE TO START IN JULY SO IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE, PLEASE APPLY AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
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 July 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
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:
July 10, 2013
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to email@example.com
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