The project is located in the South West Province of Cameroon. Individuals will be required to undertake both office (~60% of time) and field (~40% of time) work to assist the WCS Project in all facets of daily conservation activities. Field work mainly concentrates on indirect study of the endangered Cross River gorillas and includes periods of up to one month at an isolated field site. Fieldwork consists of managing operations of the research camp and responsibility for collecting and entering data into databases following established protocols. Mentoring local staff is an important obligation of the position. Other responsibilities include administrative support to the office, and other projects in support of the Director and Research Coordinator
A minimum of an undergraduate degree in a biological related discipline or a minimum of 6 months previous field experience (preferably in Africa) of ecology and conservation of large mammals. Given field site locations and topography, physical fitness is a high priority and the ability to work with minimum support in isolated areas in different weather conditions. Good spoken and written English. French would be an additional advantage.
Desirable attributes: Enthusiasm about working with wildlife and a Cameroonian national research team. Mature self-starter able to work within established program protocol. Practical experience with ArcGIS would be a bonus.
No salary is provided – see below.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Volunteers are expected to pay for their own airfare, visa, and medical insurance (no volunteer will be accepted without proof of medical insurance and up to date vaccinations). Basic field rations and local transport costs are provided for whilst on field assignments; however, out of field food and accommodation costs will not be covered.
Term of Appointment:
6 months renewable up to one year . Start date: 1 July 2010
30th April 2010
Send your application by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject V2010 and your surname. Application should include your curriculum vitae (no more than two pages) and a covering letter explaining (i) why you would like the position, (ii) what personal characteristics and technical experience you would bring to the project and (iii) what you would most want to accomplish as a volunteer member of the project team?
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