Research Assistant Position - Gabon, Africa ~

1 de septiembre de 2014

Research Assistant Position - Gabon, Africa

We are looking for an enthusiastic, motivated candidate for a one-year position working as a field-
based Research Assistant in Gabon, starting on January 1, 2015!
The research project focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic activities on tropical forests, animal
communities and ecological processes in the Central African rainforest. Field assistants work on a
rotating schedule, spending one to two weeks a month conducting animal surveys in and around
Ivindo National Park and one to two weeks collecting data on tree phenology, forest dynamics, seed
dispersal and seedling recruitment in forest plots near the Ipassa Research Station.

Successful candidates must thrive in a small team setting, working well with both Gabonese and
American technicians and guides. Work typically begins at first light (6 am) and can consist of hiking
more than 10 km in hilly and swampy terrain in hot, muggy and buggy conditions. Field assistants live
out of a tent two weeks each month. The field station is rustic with only intermittent access to internet
and telephone.

While working in this challenging environment, successful candidates will be rewarded with the
opportunity to observe tropical bird and animal species in their natural habitats. Candidates will
undoubtedly learn a great deal about tropical ecology, natural history, conservation biology, and the
impacts of land use on forest structure and composition in near-pristine and degraded landscapes as
well as what it takes to organize projects in Central Africa.

Preference will be given to candidates with previous field research experience. Experience in French is
strongly recommended.

Field assistants must pay their travel to Gabon, but will be provided with room and board at the Ipassa
Research Station.

Interested persons should send: 1) a CV; 2) a cover letter describing motivation and qualifications for
position; and 3) the names and contact information of three professional references. Please send
application materials in pdf form to with the subject line "(candidate's last
name)-Ipassa Field Position." Ex: Smith-Ipassa Field Position. Applications will be accepted until Sept.
21, 2014.

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