Voluntariado con primates en Namibia ~ Bioblogia.net

3 de abril de 2018

Voluntariado con primates en Namibia

We are currently advertising 3 volunteer positions with the Tsaobis
Baboon Project (see https://www.zsl.org/science/research/baboon )
The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a field-based wildlife research programme
that studies desert baboons in Namibia. Every year, we recruit a small
team of field volunteers to assist with our scientific work.

The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of wild desert baboons
in Namibia. We are currently recruiting Volunteer Field Assistants for
our 2018 field season. These positions combine practical research with
training and are entirely field-based. The volunteers are trained by
and work alongside doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers,
assisting with their studies and contributing to the wider research
activities of the Baboon Project.

The fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on
foot, collecting data on the behaviour of individually recognisable
animals, together with monthly vegetation surveys, and the capture of
both study troops to fit GPS collars and collect measurements and
samples. This year, our research focus is on baboon social behaviour
and female reproductive strategies.

Three Volunteer Field Assistant positions are currently available, each
running for three months from late August to late November.
Once the volunteers arrive in Namibia, the Tsaobis Baboon Project
covers all their work-related costs, including all meals and
accommodation. We will also cover the costs of the volunteers'
research visas and travel insurance. On the successful completion of
fieldwork, we also contribute a minimum of £75 towards the cost of the
volunteers' air ticket.
The Volunteer Field Assistants will learn and implement a range of
research skills related to the study of animal behaviour and ecology.
Following training, the fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows
of baboon troops on foot, during which they will collect data on the
behaviour of individually recognisable animals, together with monthly
vegetation surveys and wider ecological monitoring related to the
baboons' environment. This year we will also be briefly capturing our
study troops to collect routine measurements and samples.
Who are we looking for?

These positions are open to all with an interest in animal behaviour
and ecology. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who:
* Are friendly, easygoing people, happy to live in small team under
basic conditions at a remote field site
* Are strongly motivated, reliable and committed
* Have good levels of physical fitness and stamina - you will be
following the baboons on foot from dawn to dusk over mountainous
terrain in extreme heat
* Show good initiative, with a willingness to learn and show
attention to detail
* Have a full, clean driving licence.

What do volunteers get out of it?
* An amazing opportunity to share the lives of wild baboons in a
beautiful desert landscape
* An opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience, especially
those relevant to research in behaviour, ecology, and conservation
* An opportunity to be involved in a long-term project on African
wildlife, hosted by an international research institution and
conservation charity
* Most of our volunteers are graduate students who use their
experience on the Baboon Project as a stepping stone on to Masters
and PhD degree course

If you would like to apply, you will need to upload a CV and covering
letter, using the online application on the following website :

The covering letter should explain why you would like to work on the
project, and the CV should include the names of two referees with
e-mail contact details. The covering letter and CV should be uploaded
as a single PDF document, with the covering letter on a separate page
preceding the CV.

Closing date for applications: 10am, Monday 16 April 2018.

Please note: We will notify successfully shortlisted candidates by the
evening of Tuesday 17 April, and interviews will be held in London the
following week on Tuesday 24 April and Wednesday 25 April. Applicants
should keep these dates free for interview, since no other dates will
be available. Telephone/skype interviews will be possible for overseas
applicants or those that genuinely cannot travel to London to attend
the interview.

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