samedi 15 janvier 2011

research assistant, Mbeli Bai Gorilla Study

Hiring Organization:
Wildlife Conservation Society - Congo Program

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are searching a field assistant for an ongoing study on the demography and visiting patterns of western lowland gorillas at Mbeli Bai, Nouabalé-Ndoki National Park, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville.
Responsibilities include the daily monitoring ) of gorillas and other large mammals (forest elephants, sitatungas, forest buffaloes,…) visiting the Mbeli Bai forest clearing. Further responsibilities include camp logistics, food orders, helping in training of Congolese research assistants.

Essential requirements are high resistance to working for a long period in a remote rain forest, experiences in collecting behavioral data, and the ability to work in a small team (2-3 Congolese research assistants and 2-4 local assistants) under the supervision of a site manager. This also means living on basic food and having limited (sat-) email access (no internet and limited telephone calls).
Field-work requires a lot of patience because in contrary to following a habituated group we wait for the animals to come to visit the clearing which means that there can be hours and sometimes days without gorillas in the bai (but there will always be many flies!!!). Therefore the work demands high motivation and patience.
Previous experience in individual identification of primates is of high advantage and applicants have to be prepared of a 3-month learning period of the large visiting population of more than 130 gorillas. This also means that applicants are expected to spend at least 1 year at the site.
Practical and technical skills required to maintain the camps technical infrastructure (eg. solar electricity, satphone, sw-radio) are of advantage. For communication with local assistants (Bangombe pygmies), basic skills in French or African languages such as Lingala are required and candidates with such skills will be preferred.

no salary provided but ALL costs associated with the successful completion of the position will be covered (after that a small salary might be available)

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): The project will cover costs for visa, vaccination and the expenses for domestic and international flights. This money will be reimbursed only AFTER SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION of a 12-month term of appointment.
The project provides food and offers lodging (in wooden houses) at the field site. Also expenses for food and lodging during the stay in Brazzaville will be covered by the project. Expenses for private field equipment and medical supplies can NOT be covered by the project.

Term of Appointment:
12 months (starting from February 2011)

Application Deadline:
End of January/Mid February 2011

For additional information on the study site, please have a look at:

Contact Information:
Avenue Charles de Gaule 151
Brazzaville BP 14537

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