vendredi 16 mars 2012

Field Research Assistant - Burkina Faso, West Africa

Hiring Organization:
Oxford Brookes University

Date Posted:

Position Description:
We are seeking field research assistants for a short-term project in Burkina Faso, West Africa assessing the presence/absence of primates in the area through interviews and transect surveys. The project runs from May 11 through July 18. We will consider volunteers for any time frame or length within the study period, with a minimum of two weeks.

Duties will include: walking line transects (up to 10 km per day) with great attention to detail; proper use of transect equipment (e.g. compass, GPS, walkie-talkies, range finders); data collection and entry (by hand and electronically); nocturnal surveys; and recording and transcribing interviews.

Burkina Faso is very hot, ranging between 61 and 104 deg. Fahrenheit (16-40C), with an average of 84F/29C. There is no field site established, so conditions will be uncomfortable, hot, bug-ridden, and very basic.

We require individuals with: a great passion for field research/conservation; the ability to work independently and responsibly; respect for other people and cultures; experience in rustic outdoor living experiences; physically fit and able to endure long bouts of hiking and bicycling; an excellent attitude.

Accommodation will alternate between basic hotels/hostels and camping, so please only apply if you already know that you are comfortable in very basic living conditions.

English required; English/French preferred.

This an entirely volunteer position, with no salary and likely no funding. Successful applicants are expected to purchase travel visas (soon - $100 for US citizens), return flights, travel insurance, all in-country living costs, and have all of the necessary backpacking materials including their own tent. We can discuss specific amounts with those interested.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
We will provide ground transport costs, the costs of local guides, and the necessary training. We may be able to help with lodging and meals, pending grant approvals.

Term of Appointment:
May 11 - July 18 (TBD, minimum of two weeks)

Application Deadline:

Please feel free to email for more details. Applicants should send their CV to the email address below, along with an explanation of why you are qualified and interested.

Contact Information:
Laura Ginn
Oxford OX3 0FN
United Kingdom

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