I am a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles conducting dissertation fieldwork in conjunction with the Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Project. I am monitoring one habituated group of wild white-faced capuchin monkeys for a period of 3 months. I am taking behavioral, genetic, and hormonal data on this group as part of a project on female mate choice. In addition, I will be spending 2 weeks following an unhabituated group to non-invasively collect fecal samples for genetic analyses.
I am looking for a field assistant to help me keep my group and help with data collection. My field assistant will mostly be responsible for taking GPS data, collecting fecal samples opportunistically, filling out monkey census sheets, and helping with fecal sample processing.
I recommend taking a look at the field guide for the Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Project to get a sense of the terrain and work schedule of typical field assistants: website: http://www.sscnet.ucla.edu/anthro/faculty/sperry/jobs.html
My assistant and I will be staying at the Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve field station instead of at the Capuchin Project field assistant house, which is located in Bagaces. As a result, we will have less contact with Capuchin Project members and more contact with local Costa Ricans, tourists, and park officials. The cost of living at the Lomas de Barbudal Biological Reserve field station will be approximately $10 per day.
Field days are long (typically 12-hours plus commute time) and most of our time will be spent off-trail. Please contact me via email for any additional information and to express interest.
Can carry a heavy backpack (will need to carry lots of water), positive attitude, not afraid to crash off of trails, Spanish language skills preferred but not required.
Upon completion of the 2-month or 3-month contract, I will be able to refund up to $800 in plane fare. Assistants must provide their own medical insurance and pay their own cost of living.
Preferably a 3-month commitment (January-March 2011).
Will begin reviewing applications Dec 14, 2010 and will continue on a rolling basis until January 14, 2011.
This is a great opportunity to get primatology field experience. It is a short-term commitment during the dry season (no pouring rain), when visibility is high.
Deptartment of Anthropology, Box 951553
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553