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Field Assistant for Kinda Baboon Project

New York University

Kasanka National Park, Zambia ,  International
Wildlife

I am seeking a research assistant to join my project on the reproductive ecology of Kinda baboons at Kasanka National Park in Zambia, beginning May 2017. Successful applicants will be expected to assist with various types of data collection in the field, including: learning to recognize individuals, behavioral observations, photography, audio recording, and fecal sample collection for future laboratory analysis. When not following the baboons, the assistant will also assist with data entry at camp, and occasional conservation and outreach projects in and around Kasanka National Park. I am looking for an assistant who can commit to a minimum of 6 months, although preference will be given to those who can stay longer (e.g. 12 months).

Life at the research camp is relatively comfortable. The camp contains a common area, field laboratory, kitchen, and multiple researcher's tents (with beds). Solar power is available, however, charging field equipment is a priority.

More information about the project, the PI, and the field site can be found at:
meganpetersdorf.com & kasankababoonproject.com & nyuprimatology.com

Qualifications/Experience:

This is an ideal experience for recent undergraduates to gain experience in fieldwork and data collection. You will be trained in a variety of field methodologies and have the opportunity to live and work with a diverse group of people.

Applicants should:

1) Be physically fit, and capable of undertaking fieldwork in various weather conditions (hot, cold, rain, etc)
2) Have a background in biology/anthropology/zoology/psychology or a related field
3) Be interested in primate behavior
4) Be hardworking and conscientious
5) Have strong communication and inter-personal skills
6) Be independent, and capable of spending extended periods away from family and friends
7) Previous behavioral data collection and fieldwork experience will be preferred but is not necessary
8) Be conscientious of living abroad, working and living with people from different backgrounds
9) Have a sense of humor

Salary/funding:

No salary is available, however, all costs will be covered (see below).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
I will cover the costs of working on this project, including visa/employment permit, in-country travel, bench fees at the Kasanka Baboon Project, and living/subsistence expenses. Upon successful completion of term of appointment, I will provide reimbursement for round-trip airfare to/from Zambia.

Term of Appointment:
~May 2017 for a minimum duration of 6 months, preferably longer.

Application Deadline:
None, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to apply:
To apply for the position, please email your CV and a cover letter describing your background, research interests, previous experience, and interest in this position to megan.petersdorf@nyu.edu. In the cover letter, please also provide the names and contact information of two references.



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