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Volunteer research assistant: Feeding ecology and ranging of greater bamboo lemurs (Prolemur simus) in Kianjavato, Madagascar

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Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Madagascar - Africa
Town/City Kianjavato, Madagascar
Salary Additional Information Volunteer Position
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 07/04/2013
Company Name Henry Doorly Zoo
Contact Name Edward Louis
Telephone 402-738-2095
Email genetics@omahazoo.com
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Volunteer research assistant:  Feeding ecology and ranging of greater bamboo lemurs (Prolemur simus) in Kianjavato, Madagascar

Hiring Organization:  Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

Date Posted:  26March2013

Project Description:  A project led by researchers at the Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s Center for Conservation and Research seeks qualified and highly motivated volunteer assistants.  The project involves following social groups of Critically Endangered greater bamboo lemurs (Prolemur simus) in the Kianjavato-Vatovavy landscape in southeastern Madagascar.  In this area nine lemur species are present and a rich variety of other endemics (birds, chameleons, tenrecs, etc.).

The primary responsibilities of the volunteers include: 1) collect behavioral, feeding, and ranging data on multiple social groups 5 days/week, up to 9 hours/day; 2) enter and transmit data to the principal investigators via internet every two weeks; 3) assist in collecting phenological data and herbarium specimens.

Volunteers will be trained by the principal investigator and the postdoctoral research associate.  Volunteers also will work with an experienced and very helpful local team of Malagasy assistants for all activities. Limited English is spoken by the team, but their language capacity is improving rapidly through English classes taught by volunteers.  It should also be possible for volunteers to learn to communicate in basic Malagasy during their stay.  The terrain is quite steep and the weather is typically very warm and humid, particularly December - April.  Adequate physical fitness in these conditions is required.  There are no dangerous fauna, except the scorpion.  However, precautions should be made to avoid tropical diseases (e.g. malaria, schistosomiasis) including vaccinations and preventative medications, which are the responsibility of the applicant. 

Research is based at the Kianjavato Ahmanson Field Station (KAFS).  Infrastructure upgrades are ongoing; however, conditions are relatively rustic without electricity or running water.  Volunteers will sleep in their own tents under a fixed shelter, and meals are basic camp fare (be prepared to eat rice at each meal).  There is generally good cellular phone reception at the station and in some parts of the forest.  Volunteers will need to obtain their own phones and will have to pay for their own calls (international rates are reasonable).  A generator is present to occasionally power laptops, recharge batteries, etc, but the station is currently converting to solar power.  Internet will only be available during monthly trips to larger towns.

Qualifications/Experience:  As indicated, adequate physical fitness is required. We prefer volunteers with at least a BA or BSc in the biological or environmental sciences (including biological anthropology).  Some independent research experience will be an advantage, as will work or travel experience in tropical countries.  A willingness to work in isolated conditions, the ability to solve problems independently, and dedication to a positive and respectful working environment are required.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):  No salary is offered, but in-country permits, food, and transportation at the site will be provided. 

Term of Appointment: A six-month commitment is required. 

Application Deadline: Immediately; the positions will be filled by the first qualified applicants.

Comments: Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references to Dr. Ed Louis (genetics@omahazoo.com).

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