Ecoturismo, investigación y trabajo de campo con gibones. Especial para interesados en primatología ~

19 de noviembre de 2023

Ecoturismo, investigación y trabajo de campo con gibones. Especial para interesados en primatología

Job Opportunity:

Research and Ecotourism Field Assistant

Mondul kiri Province, Cambodia

If you are a recent graduate with an educational background in wildlife biology and a particular

interest in primatology and you’re looking for an opportunity to gain field experience in primate

research and primate-tourism, then we have an exciting opportunity for you. We are looking for

an ambitious and dedicated person to assist in gibbon-research and tourism field activities.

About Jahoo

At Jahoo, we provide unparalleled gibbon watching experiences that motivate conservation action

and promote indigenous culture. Visitors join gibbon researchers to track a habituated group of

southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons, gaining unparalleled access to this endangered species.

Led by indigenous local guides, guests can witness traditional forest skills, explore remote

waterfalls, and spot other rare primates and unique wildlife. Overnight accommodation and meals

are provided at the exclusive Bamboo Camp where guests are based throughout their wildlife


Jahoo is a small community-owned initiative, supported by the Ministry of Environment (MoE),

World Hope International (WHI) and the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), providing wildlife-

friendly livelihoods in wildlife-tourism and research, motivating conservation action, and

supporting social development with the unique southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbon as its

flagship species. Jahoo is located within the core protection zone of Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary

(KSWS), the most biodiverse protected area in Cambodia and the last stronghold for this gibbon

species protecting a globally critical population of approximately 1,200 gibbons.

More information on Jahoo can be found here: and


The Jahoo Research Centre vision is under development to create a nationally important and

internationally recognized Research Centre, implementing conservation research on gibbons, and

other wildlife, through partnerships with national institution and international universities. The

research team is already habituating 3 families of southern yellow-cheeked crested gibbons

(Nomascus gabriellae) to human presence for wildlife-based tourism and conservation research.

Projects on bioacoustics, primate canopy bridges, camera trap networks, forest phenology and

gibbon behavioral ecology are underway with partners such as the Wildlife Conservation Society

(WCS), Cornell University and the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP).

The Research Centre is based at the Bamboo Camp at Jahoo which provides ecotourism facilities,

staff and visiting researcher accommodation and a well-equipped office. The Research Centre

employs and trains indigenous Bunong youth in research, developing skills, knowledge and

developing their capacity to conduct conservation research. The Research Centre collaborates with

important national and international institutions on research projects such as developing Passive

Acoustic Monitoring technology with Cornell University, hosting, and supervising research projects

of MSc Wildlife Conservation students from the Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP). The

Research Centre is also developing its own long-term databases on gibbon behavioral-ecology and

forest phenology as well as other biodiversity surveys on key wildlife within the protected forest.

Tourism in Cambodia is recovering quickly after the global pandemic and Jahoo is receiving

growing interest and fantastic feedback from visitors who have experienced our specialist and

exclusive wildlife-watching experiences. Jahoo offers guests with a unique experience to visit the

forest and habituated gibbons and interact with primate and wildlife researchers in the field and

gain a deeper understanding of the ecology and conservation of the forest, gibbons and other


About the Role

A successful Field Assistant will be an organized and responsible individual, with a hard work ethic,

a desire to spend significant time in the field gaining experience in primate research and an

enthusiastic personality that would enjoy educating guests. Previous successful Field Assistants

have been those that have a passion for nature, an adventurous spirit, and a roll-your-sleeves-up


Success is spending significant time in the field, supporting local researchers to implement gibbon

and biodiversity research activities and collect high-quality data, whilst also interacting with guests

and providing them with an interesting insight into primate research. The Field Assistant should

be able to work as a team, have an eye for detail and accuracy, be self-disciplined, and remain self-

motivated doing relatively repetitive gibbon and biodiversity research.

The role of the Field Assistant is to:

• Support the day-to-day research operations, being present with the local research team 5 days

per week in the field and leading by example in data collection and in following protocols and


• Support the delivery of tours by acting as the English-speaking wildlife-expert add-on option

that guests can include when booking a tour at Jahoo to access a more in-depth and scientific

experience when visiting Jahoo.


The responsibilities of the Field Assistant are to:

• Contribute to the habituation of gibbon groups following protocol, ensure team motivation,

and assist problem solve any issues that are barriers to progress.

• Support the ongoing long-term database development of gibbon behavioral-ecology data

collection in the field and ensure high quality data collection.

• Contribute to the ongoing long-term phenology database following the data collection

protocol, the maintenance of plots in the forest, as well the development of an herbarium at

the Research Centre by collecting and processing vegetation samples.

• Assist with the deployment of camera traps following protocol, maintenance of the cameras

as well as processing of images using Wildlife Insights.

• Be flexible to collect a wide range of data accurately such as socio-economic data, illegal

activities, and agricultural data.

• Assist the Field Research Coordinator to input, review, and clean data whilst ensuring data is

stored safely and in an organized and accessible way.

• Ensure care, security, maintenance, preparation and organization of field equipment and


• Create visual assets (photos and videos) for the development of marketing and promotion

campaigns to raise Jahoo’s profile.

• Support wildlife education and outreach activities in the community including at schools with

children and youth and hosting community delegations and events at Jahoo.

• Deliver wildlife-watching activities such as guiding guests on specialist researcher-led

gibbon/wildlife-watching tours, including transporting clients to the site, hosting guests at the

camp, providing interpretative guiding in the forest on tours whilst gibbon and wildlife


• Develop wildlife-watching experiences such as bird watching hides and wildlife science

experiences for guests to participate in such as moth trap surveys and collecting camera trap



• Recently graduated with at least an undergraduate degree in primatology, conservation,

biology, or a related field. Experience in wildlife tourism desirable.

• Extensive field experience is not required, but priority will be given to applicants who can

demonstrate they can conduct field experience for an extended period in a relatively remote

and challenging condition.

• Experience living and working in relatively remote and challenging settings in a multi-cultural

team in a developing country context is preferred.

• Fluency in English and a proven ability to learn a new language quickly to a basic / working

proficiency is preferred.

• Excellent communication and people skills, especially with people of varying levels of ability,

interest, and motivation.

• Ability to learn and use Microsoft Office (word and excel). Experience using statistical

software such as R, and spatial analysis software such as QGIS preferred.

• Physically fit, self-disciplined, and resilient.

• A valid driving license, experience with 4WD vehicles on off-road driving is desirable.

• Basic first aid training, and wilderness first aid is desirable.


Jahoo, Andong Kraleung Village, Sen Monorom Commune, O’reang District, Mondulkiri Province,


Note: Shared tented accommodation at the Bamboo Camp is provided whilst working at the site.

Note: Most staff rent housing in the nearby town of Sen Monorom a 30-minute commute from


Start Date

Start as soon as possible, January/February 2024 is desirable.

One-year contract with possibility of extension.

Note: Contract extension is dependent on the availability of funding and good performance.

Reports to

Jahoo Research Manager and Ecotourism Manager.


The salary range is from 550–1050 USD per month and is to be negotiated and will be based on


Note: Salary range includes benefits such as medical insurance, and contribution to work travel

and communication costs. Other additional benefits include a flexible leave cycle (to be negotiated)

and contribution toward return flight after successful completion of 12 months.

Note: Salary range includes benefits such as medical insurance, seniority payments, provident

fund, 13th month bonus, National Social Security Fund, contribution to fuel and communication

costs. Other additional benefits include a flexible leave cycle (to be negotiated) and contribution

toward return flight after successful completion of 12 months.

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