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Title

Research Assistant for Primate Project in Paraguay

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Reference Capuchin  (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Location
Town/City Pilar
Salary Additional Information Unpaid
Salary (Minimum)
0
Salary (Maximum)
0
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 31/12/2021
Company Name Para La Tierra
Contact Name Karina Atkinson
Telephone +595 981553777
Email paralatierra.py@gmail.com
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Description

Get ready for a new adventure, meet new friends from all over the world, boost your CV with experience in primatology fieldwork and see for yourself what South America is really like. Whether you’re preparing for a degree in biology, or a masters in primatology, this program will give you hands-on experience of conservation biology while you explore little known habitats and learn the skills you need to progress in your biology career.

Para La Tierra is a not-for-profit conservation organization that protects habitats and species in
Paraguay through scientific research and community outreach. Para La Tierra runs Paraguay’s only
two long-term primatological research projects – the Hooded Capuchin Research Project and the
Urban Howler Monkey Project. As a Primate Volunteer you will participate in both projects, a unique
opportunity for those interested in primatology. Your time will be split between Para La Tierra’s two
field sites: Nueva Gambach in the Atlantic Forest and the City of Pilar.

The Hooded Capuchin is the only member of its genus found in Paraguay and is critically
understudied in the country. This species of capuchin is virtually unknown and its conservation status
remains unclear. Due to extensive habitat destruction across their range in Paraguay, population
numbers are predicted to be low and getting lower. Volunteers will work with the Primate Project
Leader Rebecca Smith, a PhD candidate with the University of Aberdeen. Trips to Atlantic Forest field
site last ten days and duties will include: following monkeys through the dense Atlantic Forest;
carrying out observational follows capuchins, recording location, interactions and movements,
marking feeding trees, camera trapping and collecting faecal samples. 

The City of Pilar is home to a very unusual population of black & gold howler monkeys who appear to
be adapting to the urban environment. As tropical forests continue to disappear, it is increasingly
important to understand how wild animals can survive alongside human populations. We are
interested in understanding how the monkeys are affected by the urban environment, how their
behavior differs from that of those living in their natural environment of the Ñeembucú Wetland
Complex outside the city, and what can be done to better protect them from any negative effects of
their close proximity to humans.

 

Qualifications: 
Required:
- Be physically fit, and capable of undertaking long hours of fieldwork in hot/humid conditions.
- Be capable of team work and following instructions.
- Have a background in biology/anthropology/zoology/psychology or a related field.
- Be interested in primate behaviour, ecology, and conservation.
- Be hardworking, trustworthy, and disciplined in following field procedures.
- Enjoy being outdoors and experiencing the tropical rainforest. (If you prefer to try field work with
home comforts you can take part in the howler monkey project only). 

Preferred:
 - Knowledge of animal behaviour and data collection preferred but not required.
 
This is an excellent opportunity for someone preparing for further study in primatology or wild animal
behaviour. This program will give you first-hand experience of life on a research station as you have
the chance to explore both the critically endangered Atlantic Forest, the little known Ñeembucú
Wetland Complex and the City of Pilar, while learning the skills you need to progress in your biology
career. You will gain experience in tracking and observing wild primates both in their natural habitat
and in the anthropogenic environment, scan and focal sampling data collection techniques,
techniques for collection and storage of faecal samples and seed identification from faeces, camera
trapping and use of GPS units and mapping software. You will also have the opportunity to learn how
to use VHF telemetry equipment, try your hand with a blowgun and participate in primate conservation
focused environmental lessons in rural schools.
 
Paraguay remains one of the least visited countries in South America yet is also amongst the most
friendly, safe and traditional. Paraguay is perfect for an adventurer ready to explore a different world
off the beaten track.
 
Costs - $925 per month for the 1st 2 months and $875 for each subsequent month. There is a 25%
discount for South American nationals.
This price includes all of your living costs during your stay with us. The meeting point is the bus
terminal in Pilar. You’ll get three meals a day, a bed in shared accommodation with hot showers and
access to WiFi. The fee also covers small administrative costs associated with your stay, and a small
contribution to Para La Tierra's conservation and education projects. We are looking for volunteers to
start as soon as possible and applicants must be able to stay a minimum of 3 months. So if you're
motivated to do something Para La Tierra [For the Earth] and make a real contribution to

conservation in a little-known corner of South America, then send your CV to
paralatierra.py@gmail.com

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