Gunung Palung Orangutan Project
A well qualified Field Manager is sought for a one year or longer position with the Gunung Palung Orangutan Project. Directed by Dr. Cheryl Knott, this project, in operation since 1994, studies many aspects of the ecology, reproduction, and social structure of wild orangutans and is located in a remote area of primary tropical rain forest on the island of Borneo. Responsibilities of the Field Manager include following and collecting behavioral data on orangutans; training, managing and supervising data collection of local field assistants; overseeing data entry and project accounting; assisting with camp management responsibilites; working with counterpart institutions; and meeting with and representing the project with national park officials. The position will provide individuals with the opportunity to study orangutans in the wild, to gain valuable field research experience, and to conduct complementary individual projects.
Applicants should have an anthropology or biology related degree, a strong interest in primate ecology and behavior, previous rain forest experience, be physically fit, independent, resourceful, able to handle substantial responsibility and have lots of energy! Managers must be comfortable living in a remote (but stunning) setting with few amenities and in close proximity to other researchers and local assistants. Applicants should have demonstrated managerial skills and be comfortable supervising a team of local assistants. The ideal candidate would have an advanced degree studying primates, previous primate research experience and speak Indonesian.
Managers will receive a monthly stipend in addition to support for their travel, meals and lodging.
Support will be provided for living expenses and travel while working on the project in Indonesia. Applicants will be expected to cover their airfare to Indonesia as well as personal equipment (i.e., binoculars, clothing, health insurance, etc.).
Minimum one year. Start date is flexible, but applicant will need to start between April and June 2010.
Please send a cover letter detailing your qualifications and experience as well as a CV by January 20, 2010. After initial review, a subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full application including 3 letters of recommendation.
This position would provide an excellent opportunity for postdoctoral study and research or preparation for graduate work in primatology or rainforest biology.
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