lundi 27 janvier 2020

Research Assistants - Peru

Research Assistantship: Wildlife Handling Program in SE Peru (show original)12:02 PM (11 hours ago) Field Projects international is currently recruiting research assistants to participate in our annual capture and release program focused on nonhuman primates, bats, and birds in southeastern Peru. This training program targets students with an interest in wildlife handling, zoology, or veterinary science. Students will work alongside several wildlife biologists and veterinarians obtaining opportunities to handle a variety of mammalian and avian species, gaining valuable knowledge of their biology, learning to record morphometrics, collecting and processing a variety of samples, and becoming competent in several roles that are vital to a successful health screening program. Our work in this project is sanctioned by the Amazon Conservation Association, the Animal Care Committee of the University of Missouri, St. Louis, and the Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR) in Perú. Program dates: May 31 – July 18, 2020 Minimum stay required: 4 weeks (in special cases we will consider 3 weeks) Start dates: May 31, June 7, June 14 Application deadline: April 1, 2020 Program fee: $2000 for 4 weeks; $450 each additional week. Includes travel from Puerto Maldonado, Peru, to the field site, as well as lodging and all meals for the duration of the program. Does not include flights to and from Puerto Maldonado. Training areas: Animal mark-recapture and handling, health assessments, vital signs monitoring, morphological measurement, sample collection and storage. We are currently recruiting participants with the following requirements. *Must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins *Demonstrate a grounding or strong interest in zoology, biology, or anthropology *Previous field experience is not required, but previous research experience (either outdoors or in the laboratory) will be a plus *Must be able to justify why this program is important to them and what they hope to gain from it *Able to provide a letter of recommendation from a source that can substantiate the participant's experience and skills *Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have if we determine that being on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health. *Due to the nature of the work and weather constraints, participants must be flexible about their days off. Learn more:

samedi 25 janvier 2020

volunteer field assistants

Hiring organization:
University of Wisconsin–Madison, USA

Date Posted:

Position description
I am looking for two volunteer field assistants to join our research team studying wild chacma baboons on the Swebeswebe Primate Project in the Limpopo Province, South Africa. The positions are likely to suit persons interested in acquiring data collection skills prior to undertaking graduate research. Field assistants will learn to identify a wild group of chacma baboons, will collect a range of behavioral and ecological data, and will contribute to the general running of the research camp. The study site – also home to vervet monkeys and bush babies, to name only the primates – is located on the Swebeswebe Wildlife Estate, approximately 50km from the town of Lephalale. Applicants should be aware that the study site is home to dangerous animals, including leopards and snakes, and that field work is conducted on foot. For more details of the research project and field site, visit:


Previous field experience is desirable, but not essential. Applicants should be physically fit and resilient, as days in the field are long and physically/mentally challenging, and you will be living in relatively remote field conditions. Working with baboons can be particularly challenging, with researchers often required to walk ~ 20km/day across challenging terrain. You will typically work four to five days per week to the tune of approximately 55h/week. Proven ability to work and live amicably alongside others under field conditions is advantageous. All assistants must be able to speak English, and should have a full driver’s license; with manual/stick competence.

Support provided
I will provide free lodging at the research camp – with full electricity, internet, hot water, showers, kitchen, beds etc. – and will provide a contribution toward your food and general subsistence. I will contribute to the travel expenses of all assistants who stay for nine months or more, with full reimbursement following a 12-month commitment. All assistants must cover their own medical insurance and visa fees.

Term of appointments
March 2020. A minimum of a six-month commitment is required, but priority will be given to those who can commit to a longer term (maximum: 12 months).

Application deadline
Until positions have been filled.

Please email me ( a recent copy of your CV, including the names and contact details of two recent referees, a cover letter describing your interests, experience, and availability for this position.

Contact Information:
Richard McFarland
Department of Anthropology, UW–Madison, USA.


Email address:

Research Assistantship - Peru

Research Assistantship - Primate Reproduction & Endocrinology (Peru) (show original)Jan 22
Background: In tamarins and other callitrichine primates, females exhibit extreme differences in reproductive success. In fact, even though multiple females may live in the same group, only one will usually reproduce from year to year. The others are suppressed in some way, but we do not completely understand how or why. To help answer these questions, research assistants will gather individual behavioral and hormonal data from tamarin groups, including full-day follows to record interactions between individuals and fecal sample collection for hormone analyses. Participants will learn how to operate telemetry equipment, collect and manage behavioral data, and perform hormone extractions at the site.

Training areas: Behavioral data collection using scan- and focal-sampling; non-invasive hormone sample collection; field hormone extractions; telemetry; off-trail navigation; primate reproductive biology


We are currently recruiting participants with the following requirements. 

*Must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins
*Demonstrate a grounding or strong interest in zoology, biology, or anthropology
*Previous field experience is not required, but previous research experience (either outdoors or in the laboratory) will be a plus
*Must be able to justify why this program is important to them and what they hope to gain from it
*Able to provide a letter of recommendation from a source that can substantiate the participant's experience and skills
*Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have if we determine that being on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health.
*Due to the nature of the work and weather constraints, participants must be flexible about their days off.

Program Cost: $3000 for 6 weeks; $450 each additional week. Minimum commitment is 6 weeks, but in special cases we will consider 5 weeks. Includes travel from Puerto Maldonado to the field site (~5 hours). All meals and lodging while at the field site are also included. Participants must purchase their own flights to Puerto Maldonado.

Dates: Program runs May 17 - September 26, 2020. Start dates are: May 17, May 31, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19, August 2, August 16

Application Deadline: April 1, 2020


Stage L3/M1 en écologie comportementaleet cognitive

Effet de l’urbanisation sur le succès reproducteur, la cognition et la compétence sociale chez les mésanges 

Dates:de mi-mars à fin juin(durée du stage variable selon les nécessités) 
Laboratoire d’accueil :UMR5174,Laboratoire Evolution & Diversité Biologique, Toulouse
Lieu de stage :Toulouse, Lauragais 
Encadrement:Thomas CROUCHET,(,doctorant, Philipp HEEB ( et Joël WHITE (, chercheurs en écologie 

Au cours des dernières décennies, l’urbanisation a constitué un facteur majeur de la fragmentation et de la dégradation des écosystèmes naturels. Comprendre les conséquences de l’expansion des villes sur les populations naturelles est donc nécessaire. Dans cet optique, plusieurs populations de mésanges charbonnières (Parus major) et bleues (Cyanistes caeruleus) réparties selon un gradient d’urbanisation sont suivis par notre équipes: 
-Des populations urbaines à Toulouse 
- Des populations péri-urbaines en banlieue toulousaine 
-Des populations rurales dans le Lauragais 

Notre objectif est de mesurer les variations inter-individuelles et inter-populationnelles des mésanges en termes de succès reproducteur selon le gradient d’urbanisation. De plus, les individus peuvent modifier rapidement leur comportement en réponse à la dégradation anthropique de l’environnement. Ces modifications interviennent en amont des conséquences à l’échelle des populations. Ainsi, l’étude du comportement animal et ses conséquences sur la fitness permet d’identifier les défis, notamment sociaux,auxquels font face les individus et de mettre en évidence les forces de sélection qui interviennent dans la survie des individus. 

Missions principales:
-Participation au suivi de la reproduction des mésanges charbonnières: construction du nid, ponte, incubation, nourrissage des jeunes jusqu’à l’envol 
-Mesures biométriques des jeunes-Mesures comportementales sur les adultes (expériences de compétence sociale, de cognition...)
 -Analyse des données collectées
 -Gestion et suivi du projet de sciences participatives «Nichoirs en ville» 

Compétences souhaitées: 
-Expérience de terrain sur un modèle aviaire
-Capacité à travailler en équipe
-Bonne condition physique
-Permis B avec véhicule 
Pour candidater, envoyer un CV et une courte lettre de motivation à

vendredi 24 janvier 2020

managers striped mouse project South Africa

1 position as station manager (starting as soon as possible)
1 position as research manager (July 2020)
at the striped mouse project in South Africa

(NOTE: We also advertise one postdoc position for two years and unpaid volunteer positions for 2-12 months. See other advertisements or ask via email

We are looking for an extremely motivated and independent biology student with a master’s degree to join the striped mouse project as soon as possible as station manager and a second student to start in July 2020 as research manager. Both managers are expected to stay until at last end of October 2021 while an extension for up to 3 years is possible. This position is suitable for somebody who would like to gain experience in field work and scientific management. Managers get free accommodation at the station and a compensation to cover their daily costs starting at R4000 for the first three months, rising to R5000 per month and more afterwards, which is sufficient to pay all costs of living (approx. 3500/month). Travel costs can be refunded by up to an additional R 16 000 / year. As such, the position compensates for all arising costs but does not represent a legal employment.
The station manager and the research manager work closely together and both managers share many responsibilities. However, each will have specific main duties, but should also be able to deal with all other duties (for example when the other manager is on leave, or when a new manager has to be trained). The new manager will be instructed by the present managers, with which they will overlap for several months.
You must be hard-working, highly motivated, able to work independently, good in communicating with people, able to supervise others, and not afraid of snakes. You must have a drivers licence and you must love to live at a remote place in nature, without regular internet and cell-phone reception. Most importantly, you are fascinated by nature and science!
Skills needed: Good experience in field work and good knowledge of behavioural ecology or a similar field of research. Experiences in working with small mammals, radio-tracking, blood sampling, and living at a remote location are of advantage. Handyman skills are of advantage and needed for the station manager position.
Great opportunity: This is a great opportunity to spend 1.5-3 years in Africa, acquiring important skills in field biology and project management, while improving your CV. These skills will become valuable whether you later continue with a PhD or other jobs. It will be very hard and demanding, but also a once in a life time experience!
Job description: Five working days a week (Mo, Tue, Thu, Fr, Sat), with Wednesday being used for a shopping trip to town (not counted as working day) and Sundays being free. Included are four weeks of holiday for 12 months, which has to be taken outside the main breeding season (so not during August to November) and during periods when the other manager is present at the research station (the two managers cannot be on leave at the same time).

Shared duties of managers at SKRS
Striped mice:
·         Trapping
·         Observing
·         Radio-tracking, putting on radio-collars
·         Blood sampling
Collect data for specific research projects (to be determined).

Primary duties station manager / secondary duties research manager
·         Technical support research station:
o   Water system incl. sewage system
o   Solar system
o   Gas bottles replacement
o   House and furniture
o   Running of the respirometry laboratory
o   Management of the captive colony
o   Management of the research station car
o   Management of bank account and cash box
o   Management of research station supplies

Primary duties research manager / secondary duties station manager
·         Data:
o   Weekly data entry
o   Weekly data check
o   Monthly data backup
o   Monthly data report
o   Training and supervision of field assistants
o   Training of students and postdocs
o   Support for students and postdocs
o   Management of transmitters
o   Management of field and laboratory supplies

·         Free accommodation.
  • A monthly compensation of R 4000 for the first three months, raising to R5000 per month afterwards, which is sufficient to pay all costs of living (approx. 3500/month). The compensation can gradually rise up to R5900/month.
  • For travel and other costs, R16 000 per year can be refunded, but proof (receipts) must be presented for this. This refund is only payable after October 2021 and will not be paid if the person leaves earlier than agreed.
  • You will become an honorary researcher at the University of the Witwatersrand in the group of Prof. N. Pillay.
  • Scientific co-authorship will be possible if the manager contributes to the success of projects by not only collecting the majority of data, but also by data analysis and writing of the manuscript.
·         The manager has to cover the costs to get to the station, including travel costs and visa fees. For this, a refund can be paid (see above).
  • The manager needs to arrange for a health insurance covering him / her during the stay. A copy must be sent to C. Schradin before travelling to the stations. Costs for the health insurance can be refunded as part of the R16 000/year.
Place and project: Succulent Karoo Research Station (SKRS) in the Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok in the Northern Cape of South Africa. The research projects are on the socio-ecology of small mammals, studying ecological and physiological reasons of social behaviour, behavioural flexibility, and physiological adaptation.
Period: The station manager is expected to start as soon as possible, the research manager is expected to start in July 2020. Both are expected to stay until end of October 2021 (end of the breeding season). The agreement might be extended for a total period of up to 3 years.
How to apply? Please send a CV, a letter of motivation and the names and contact information of at least two (better more) scientists available as referee. The letter of motivation should state why you think you are the perfect candidate for this, when you could start, and for which position you are applying.
Application deadline: Skype interviews will be held beginning of March, so best send your application latest the 17th February, giving us time to contact your referees for a letter of reference. If necessary, a second call will be published in in March 2021. 

Further information under
Dr. Carsten Schradin, Director of the Succulent Karoo Research Station, a registered South African non-profit organization supporting research in organismic biology.

jeudi 23 janvier 2020

Job Offer / Offre d'Emploi - 40 postes à pourvoir

L’ONG Objectif Sciences International,
qui organise des séjours de Voyages Scientifiques
pour Ecoles, Adultes, Familles, Ados et Enfants,
dans le cadre de sa mission d’Education aux Sciences et
de Résolution des Objectifs du Développement Durable par la
mise en oeuvre de projets de Sciences Participatives,
ayant le Statut Consultatif Spécial auprès du Conseil Économique et Social de l’ONU,
recrute 40 nouveaux collaborateurs et collaboratrices, sans limite d’âge et dans plus de 15 spécialités différentes (voir lien) et sur plusieurs pays, dans plusieurs langues différentes.
Nous vous remercions de bien vouloir diffuser cette offre d’emploi le plus largement possible autour de vous, que ça soit par courrier électronique ou que ça soit en la publiant sur les pages web que vous avez à disposition :
Un grand merci par avance, et à très bientôt !

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