mercredi 29 août 2012

Volunteer vacancy

Cape ground squirrels of The Kalahari

A volunteer is required for a period of 12 months to help undertake a long-term research project on Cape ground squirrels in the Kalahari Desert, South Africa. This project has been set up by Cambridge and Zurich University and is based at the Kalahari Meerkat Project, a world-renowned research station.

Students with at least BSc in biology/ecology or zoology are preferred. Successful applicants must have an interest in field work and previous experience working in challenging environments and with wild animals. The applicant will be heavily involved in habituation of new groups as well as collection of weights and observational data. There is also an opportunity for the applicant to undertake a small research project on the squirrels.

Volunteers are provided with accommodation and paid a monthly allowance to cover their food. A return flight to South Africa and insurance will have to be organised and funded by the applicant, but costs for internal travel by bus (Johannesburg to Upington) will be reimbursed, you will be collected from Upington and taken to the study site.

If you are interested in this position, please send a CV and a short letter stating your motivation to apply, and two names acting as referees to:

The closing date for applications is the 10th September and persons shortlisted must be available on either the 17th or 18th September for a Skype video interview.