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Volunteer Research Assistant - Western Gorilla Habituation

Hiring Organization:
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Date Posted:
2015-04-09

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 2015, 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.

Qualifications/Experience:
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.
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 1st; However, we will be reviewing applications as they arrive; please don't send repeated letters of inquiry or telephone calls.

Salary/funding:
100 euros per month to be paid in local currency 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. We will pay up to 50 euros per month for health insuranceYou 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.

Term of Appointment:
1 year

Application Deadline:
May 1, 2015

Comments:
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to robbins@eva.mpg.de
If you do not hear from me by June 1st, please assume that you are not being considered for the position.

Contact Information:
Martha Robbins
Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04013
Germany

Fax Number:
+49 341 3550 119

Website:
http://www.eva.mpg.de/primat.html

E-mail Address:
robbins@eva.mpg.de

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