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jeudi, juillet 28 2011

poste d'ATER MNHN

Un 1/2 poste d'ATER est ouvert au MNHN pour la rentrée prochaine.

Le profil recherche concerne l'estimation de la biodiversité animale locale via des techniques de bioacoustique.

o Contact : Jérôme Sueur

o Date limite d'envoi des dossiers : 29 août 2011.

o Conditions et dossier:

mercredi, juillet 27 2011

Field assistant: Crested macaques, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Hiring Organization: German Primate Center (DPZ GmbH), a member of the Leibniz Association

Date Posted: 2011-07-26

Position Description: The Macaca nigra project is looking for a field assistant for a PhD project investigating the migration behaviour of crested macaques (Macaca nigra). The study will be conducted in the Tangkoko Nature Reserve, North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The aim of this study is to investigate the different factors leading to secondary transfer of some, and the successfully settlements of other males in multi-male/multi-female groups. The work of the field assistant will include behavioural data collection on male crested macaques as well as faecal sample collection for hormone and genetic analyses. Additionally, non-invasive experiments will be conducted.

Qualifications/Experience: A bachelor in anthropology, biology, ecology or any other relevant field is required. The language in our team will be English but the willingness to learn basic Bahasa Indonesia is expected. Previous field experience is welcome but not required. Priority will be given to applicants with successful experience collecting behavioural data from individually recognized mammals. Experience of working in tropical climates under demanding physical conditions is an advantage.

In general, applicants should: - be physically fit and mentally strong with good social skills - be able to work independently within our team - feel comfortable living under basic conditions and being far away from family/friends - be willing to adapt to a foreign culture - be emotionally mature, friendly, energetic and very patient - be able to maintain a positive attitude towards hard and tiring work

Salary/funding: Funding is pending and if extra funding is raised, the volunteer will be reimbursed for the airfare after successful completion of six months.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Food and lodging for the assistant will be provided by the project. In-country transportation, insurance and visa/permit fees have to be covered by the assistant.

Term of Appointment: We are looking for one volunteer starting in November 2011 and one in April/Mai 2012. Duration: 6-8 months

Application Deadline: Target application date is August 20th 2011, but open until a suitable candidate has been found.

Comments: Written applications should be submitted by indicating “Macaca nigra” to Applicants should send their CV, a letter of detailed research interests and experiences.

Contact Information: Pascal Marty Kellnerweg. 6 Göttingen 37077 Germany

Telephone Number: +491752887125


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Field Assistant: Male social behaviour in wild Barbary macaques in Morocc

Hiring Organization: University of Göttingen

Date Posted: 2011-07-26

Position Description: We are looking a research assistant to join a project investigating competition and cooperation in male wild Barbary macaques in the middle atlas mountains, Morocco. The project will focus on coalition formation and male affiliative behaviour. The position will involve behavioural data collection on a group of habituated barbary macaques. The position is for a period of 4 months until the field data collection is concluded. The principle investigator for the project is Sabine Hähndel undertaking a Msc degree supervised by Prof. Julia Ostner of the University of Göttingen, Germany. The project is part of The Barbary Macaque Project, a longitudinal study into socio-ecology directed by Dr. Bonaventura Majolo of the University of Lincoln, UK and Professor Mohamed Qarro of Ecole Nationale Forestière d'Ingénieurs, Rabat, Morocco. For further details please see our website:

The work at the field site is physically very demanding. The field site is between 1,400 and 1,900m a.s.l. and weather conditions can vary dramatically across the year, with temperature ranging between 35ºC to -5ºC and snow in the winter months. Hence, interested individuals should be physically fit, have previous experience with field work in remote areas and be prepared to work long hours in challenging conditions. The successful applicant will live in the town of Azrou in an apartment block with basic amenities including internet access.

The Barbary Macaque Project has a fast growing reputation and many of our previous assistants have progressed into Post-graduate positions after completing their fieldwork so this is a great opportunity to gain fieldwork experience. We also have a blog which has various posts from past and present researchers which can give a good idea of the forest, town and research conducted by the project:

Qualifications/Experience: Qualifications/Experience:

Previous field experience is desirable but not essential. However, priority will be given to applicants who have experience of behavioural data collection on wild and/or free-ranging primates. Applicants should have prior experience working in physically demanding environmental conditions and also experience of living away from friends and family for a prolonged period. A strong interest in primatological research is a must.

In addition applicants should: • Be mentally and physically fit for long days in the field in a challenging environment. • Be prepared to adapt to living in a foreign culture. • Be able to speak English (German, French or Arabic beneficial). • Be adaptable and able to work both as part of a team and individually. • Be reliable, patient, enthusiastic and committed to scientific research. • Experience using handheld computer behavioural data entry is desirable but training will be provided. • Driving license is desirable.

Salary/funding: unfortunately no funding or salary is available

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Accommodation, flights and living expenses are to be covered by the applicant and should cost approximately £20 - £30 per week for living and £150 rent per month inclusive internet connection, water and electricity. The successful applicant should cover their own health and travel insurance.

Term of Appointment: A commitment of 4 months is required for the position. The position is to begin middle of August to 1st September and a review of applicants will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We do intend to fill the position as soon as possible.

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Comments: In order to apply please email a cover letter explaining previous experience, interest and suitability to the position along with a CV (including details of 2 referees) and details of your availability. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

Contact Information: Sabine Hähndel Kellnerweg 16/25 Göttingen 37077 Germany

Telephone Number: 0176/23992277


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Long-term volunteer field worker/research assistant position for great ape research and conservation, rural development and socio-economic projects in southeast Cameroon, Central Africa

Hiring Organization: Projet Grands Singes (PGS), Centre for Research and Conservation (CRC) of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp (RZSA), Belgium.

Date Posted: 2011-07-27

Position Description: Context The majority of populations of great apes lie outside the boundaries of protected areas in Africa, while most conversation and research projects work within National Parks and Reserves. PGS recognises this important gap in great ape protection and sees the necessity of working with local communities and logging companies with the objective of ensuring regulated and sustainable use of natural resources for long-term realistic conservation of forests and wildlife. PGS therefore works in a non-protected area of forest, which is fiercely hunted by local people and lies within the concessions of a logging company. Therefore, the reality of conservation and research attempts in this area involves many difficulties, including the poverty of villagers. PGS works very closely with rural communities and provides developmental aid as a way of creating alternatives to hunting, and gives value to great apes through the revenue generated by scientific tourism. PGS exploits this by providing facilities for researchers, students and volunteers to come and work within the PGS area of interest while simultaneously providing revenue and employment for local peoples, in return for the local protection of great apes.

Location PGS works in Cameroon, Central Africa, in the village communities and the forest at the northern periphery of the Dja Biosphere Reserve (DBR), Haut Nyong, southeastern Cameroon. The forest research site is approximately 10 km from the villages where PGS carries out its rural development projects, and these villages are 5 hr by car from Yaoundé. It is in the transition zone of the Atlantic coastal rainforests of southern Nigeria and south-west Cameroon, and the evergreen forests of Equatorial Guinea and the Congo Basin. Annual rainfall averages 1570 mm and falls during two wet seasons, March to June and September to November. There is an equatorial type climate and the temperature remains almost constant during the year, averaging 23.3 °C (recorded at 640 m). August is the coolest month, with a mean monthly minimum of 18 °C and maximum of 27 °C, and April is the hottest with mean minimum temperature of 19 °C and maximum of 30 °C.

Animals present in this area include: western lowland gorilla, central chimpanzee, black and white colobus monkey, mandrill and drill, and many other primate species; elephant, buffalo, sitatunga, giant pangolin and leopard.

Duties Working as a research assistant in the forest will involve walking daily on transects within the forest research site and gathering information on great ape socio-ecology, diet, ranging patterns, nest-building behaviour, etc, depending on the current line of research. Possible future studies include the impacts of commercial logging and its associated problems on great ape populations; hunting/poaching surveys. There are also opportunities to work at the village level, being involved with development projects, training and workshops, mammal inventories, socio-economic surveys, educational and sensitisation programmes, wildlife-law awareness-raising, etc.

The successful candidate will be provided with necessary research equipment and will be expected to follow certain protocols when collecting information in the forest or village. You will be accompanied at all times by a trained and knowledgeable local guide, Cameroonian or international researcher, or member of the PGS team. It is estimated that you will spend 2 or 3 weeks in the field each month and 1 or 2 weeks in Yaoundé, to work on data entry, analysis and report-writing, though this is flexible.

The field worker is welcome to propose his/her own research/study idea, or to assist in any ongoing projects in the field, dependant on the needs, current activities and budget of the project. Specifics will be arranged on arrival.

Facilities The forest research camp is basic with minimal solar power for lights and a laptop, a gas stove, bucket shower and long-drop latrine, and simple raffia shelters for the kitchen/living area and laboratory. In the village, the field worker will sleep in his/her tent, but can use the gas stove in the PGS house and the nearby bucket shower and long-drop latrine. While in Yaoundé the field worker will stay at the PGS apartment where they can use all facilities when available (including hot running water and wireless internet).

Qualifications/Experience: Requirements An interest in conservation or research of great apes or other wildlife and/or rural development and socio-economics is necessary. Physical fitness and tolerance of tough conditions is an advantage. Knowledge of French, a grounding in scientific methodology and an experience of living and working in Central Africa would be hugely beneficial. The volunteer will be expected to spend some field missions in the research camp alone, possibly within 3 months of arrival, with no other researcher present and with local guides and cooks to manage, etc. It is therefore important to be comfortable with living in isolation for weeks at a time while maintaining high spirits and professionalism.

Salary/funding: Funding No stipend can be offered, and the successful candidate will be expected to cover his/her flight (approx. €800 from Europe) and visa (approx. €100), as well as all other costs related to their travel (ie, insurance, vaccinations, etc) and should bring a tent, sleeping bag and personal items required for living in the forest/village. The field worker must also contribute 5,000 CFA (~€8) per night to stay in the PGS apartment when spending time in Yaoundé, and for this has unlimited use of the facilities when available (hot water, washing machine, internet, etc) (this amount also contains a contribution to development and conservation activities). Food and drink is not supplied. Field worker must buy their own food prior to each entry into the forest. Finally, the field worker must cover the costs of research permits (usually not exceeding €300).

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): PGS will arrange all official papers required for working in Cameroon and for obtaining a visa and will cover all in-country transport costs. Necessary equipment for working in the forest, and the presence of a trained and experienced local guide is arranged by the project. There is no fee for staying in the research camp or project village base.

Term of Appointment: Duration This position is for a minimum of 12 months, though can be arranged for a longer period. Position is available from late 2011, though exact dates can be arranged to suit.

Application Deadline: For more information, interested candidates should write to with a cover letter and CV before 15 September 2011.

Contact Information: Nikki Tagg Rue 1.859 Yaounde BP 5619 Cameroon

Telephone Number: 0023775088447

Fax Number: 0023722213035


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lundi, juillet 25 2011

Assistant Professor in Animal Behavior and/or Comparative Psychology

Hiring Organization: Franklin & Marshall College

Date Posted: 2011-07-18

Position Description: Tenure-Track Position in Animal Behavior and/or Comparative Psychology

The Department of Psychology at Franklin & Marshall College invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Animal Behavior and/or Comparative Psychology (broadly defined) beginning Fall 2012. Ph.D. and evidence of excellence in teaching and research are required. The preferred candidate will be prepared to: teach a total of five courses per year, including Animal Behavior with lab and other upper-level courses in his/her area of expertise; contribute to the Biological Foundations of Behavior Program and the College’s general education program; establish an active, independent research program in Animal Behavior and/or Comparative Psychology; and initiate and guide undergraduate student research. The Department maintains a vivarium housing a wide range of species, including primates, for use in IACUC-approved research and teaching. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, graduate transcript, statements of teaching and research interests, selected reprints/preprints, teaching evaluation forms, and three letters of recommendation to Meredith Bashaw, Animal Behavior Search Committee, Department of Psychology, Franklin & Marshall College, P.O. Box 3003, Lancaster, PA 17604-3003. We will not accept application materials electronically. Review of applications will begin September 15, 2011 and will continue until position is filled.

Franklin and Marshall College is a highly selective liberal arts college with a demonstrated commitment to cultural pluralism. EOE

Qualifications/Experience: PhD

Term of Appointment: Tenure track line

Contact Information: Meredith Dept of Psychology Franklin & Marshall College, POB 3003 Lancaster, PA 17604-3003 USA

Telephone Number: 717 291 4202

Fax Number: 717 291 4387

E-mail Address:

Field Assistant: Gibbon Ecology, Cambodia

Hiring Organization: University of Florida

Date Posted: 2011-07-18

Position Description: A volunteer research assistant is needed for 4- 6 months to assist a PhD student conduct his research on gibbon seed dispersal ecology in remote Northeastern Cambodia. This is a great opportunity for anyone interested in getting field research experience. The field assistant duties will include: following gibbon groups for extended periods of time, watching fruiting trees for extended periods of time, collecting feces, habituating gibbon groups, monitoring field experiments involving seed and seedling growth, and monitoring camera traps.

Qualifications/Experience: A successful candidate should be very comfortable in the forest with spiders, snakes, leeches, mosquitoes and other creepy crawlies. The sleeping accommodations are fairly rustic, a mattress on a wood plank under a mosquito net. Scorpions, lizards, spiders and ants are frequent bedroom guests. The diet is limited (lots of rice), but meals almost always consist of meat, so vegetarians will have severe difficulty. A minimum of junior or senior in a B.S. program in biology, ecology or related fields would be preferred. But the main qualification is a commitment to being an active participant on this project.

Salary/funding: This is largely a volunteer position. I can pay for food and lodging at the field site as well as transport to and from Phnom Penh to the field site. Subsistence in the cities, visa, airfare to Cambodia, health insurance, field equipment etc. would be the volunteer’s responsibility. There is a small possibility of me acquiring additional grant funding, if that happens I will reimburse airfare after successful completion of 4 months of work.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Food and lodging at the field site. Travel from Phnom Penh to and from field site.

Term of Appointment: 4 months minimum

Application Deadline: August 15

Comments: To Apply: E-mail a CV and short cover letter to

Contact Information: Jackson Frechette University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32601 USA

E-mail Address:

MSc in Anthropology with fieldwork on orangutans

Educational Organization: Anthropological Institute & Museum, University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland

Date Posted: 2011-07-20

Program Description: A two-year Master’s Program in Biology, specialization Anthropology, is open to qualified candidates. The master’s program, taught in English, includes lectures and courses selected from offerings in human evolution, evolutionary genetics, morphology and behavior of primates, modeling, and history of anthropological sciences. These modules can be complemented by a variety of modules of other master specializations. Currently we conduct long-term research on orangutans in Indonesia, at two different swamp forest sites, one in Kalimantan and one in Sumatra. The project is led by Dr. Maria van Noordwijk and Prof. Carel van Schaik in Zürich, in collaboration with colleagues at Universitas Nasional and the Bogor Agricultural Institute in Indonesia. In general, Master’s projects involve ca 8 months field research and analyses of collected data for a Master thesis. The topics include social learning of skills, developmental trajectory, socio-endocrinology, socio-genetics, dietary ecology and range use, but other research topics could also be addressed.

Entrance Qualifications: Admission to the Master’s program generally requires a Bachelor’s degree (biology or anthropology) with a total of 180 ECTS points from a university recognized by the University of Zurich. For more information see:

Tuition / Fees: Students with Swiss Bachelor’s degree: CHF 700 per semester Students with Bachelor’s degree from another country: CHF 800 per semester

Support (scholarships, travel): A contribution to the cost of travel and permits for fieldwork is provided.

Start + End Dates: Any time. Please note the university application deadlines per semester

Application Deadline: April 30 for start in the fall semester and November 30 for start in the spring semester

Comments: If a visa for Switzerland is required the deadline for application is 2 months earlier

Contact Information: Dr. Maria van Noordwijk Winterthurerstrasse 190 Zürich 8057 Switzerland


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Orphan Monkey Care Givers

Hiring Organization: Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education

Date Posted: 2011-07-21

Position Description: This is one volunteer programme that can absolutely guarantee hands on experience with orphaned baby primates (so long as you are fit & healthy and ready to be groomed, lipsmacked, have the occassional playful nip, groom & lipsmack back & offer a warm lap to sleep in).

You will spend your time here caring for the centre's orphaned monkeys - the charming, often misunderstood, beautiful baboons. Being situated in a nature reserve, in the stunning South African bush you will have the opportunity to see other wildlife such as giraffe and elephants all around. Being the largest baboon rehabilitation facility worldwide, we unfortunately recieve a high volume helpless orphan baboons throughout the year due to them being orphaned at the hands of farmers, road accidents, poisoning, the pet trade and cruelty. We need a high volume of volunteers all year round to help take care of the babies, prepare food for the adult troops awaiting release and help fund the care of the baboons housed at the sanctuary.

A typical day in the life of a volunteer:

Volunteers take the babies out of their sleeping cages at 6-7am and they go to bed at around 5 or 6pm (in otherwords dawn and dusk), whilst in the nursery they have a human volunteer present all day as they are all babies and being left alone is scary for them & the smallest ones need assitance with drinking milk & shelter when the other orphans get too much for them and they need a sleep. This is taken in shifts. The idea is that the humans act as the 'aunties' and do exactly what their mothers and aunts would in the wild: privide a secure place for sleeping, making sure no one gets picked on, ensure they have access to milk and food and basically make them feel secure and safe. In the nursery they learn how to be a baboon, they make friends and become a cohesive troop. After the age of around a year, they are weaned from human contact, and contact is restricted.

Typical volunteer day shifts:

7am - get up, take babies to the nursery. 7am feed room - prepare food for the resident captive troops who are awaiting release into the wild - usually involves filling crates with the food items available. 8am - clean up - cleaning sleeping cages/bottles/blankets etc

Some one (usually 2 volunteers) take bottle shifts to make the orphans bottles and fresh food, usually at about 10am, 12, 2pm and 4pm.

Play room shifts - volunteers take it in turns to sit in the nursery from dawn til dusk.

The day normally finishes about 5pm

  • If students wish to conduct non-invasive research projects, these can usually be accommodated.

CARE is looking for students especially interested in conducting research or projects which involves; parasitological, genetic comparisons within the chacma species, design and building enclosures and structures etc, marketing and PR, the effects of castration on behaviour, contraception. If you are interested in conducting a project at CARE we ask you to present us with a research proposal for approval and you must fund all your own research and accomodation costs.

Qualifications/Experience: No qualifications are required, although we favour individuals with some experience or qualifications within the animal or caring fields! You must have a love for nature and a passion for animals, any age can volunteer above 18 years old. You must be physically fit, the work is not really hard but some lifting of food and maintaining enclosures is required and the baboons will jump on you whilst playing in the nursery, they will pull hair and it is likely you may get bitten by the babies at some point.

You must be healthy with no infectious medical issues. You must be free from hepatitis (all forms), TB, herepes, AIDS, coughs/colds, eye infections & all other infectious diseases as our primates can catch human diseases/infections.

Salary/funding: CARE receives no funding from governments and grants are limited, therefore we rely on volunteers. You must pay to volunteer here as it will cover your food and resource expenses. All the money raised through volunteers supports the care for the babooons - from handrearing orphans, feeding captive troops, filling the vehicles with fuel to pick up food, building and maintaining enclosures, medical care, planning & implementation of releases and post release monitoring - all these things need funding. CARE receives no government help at all and relies of funding from volunteers.

Accomodation/Food/Resouce use fee is US$450 per week (this is the equivalent of £285 per week). We charge this for the first 8 weeks then it is discounted by 20% = $360 per week.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): All meals and accomodation are provided.

  • The Volunteer Accommodation*

Volunteer accomodation is shared and simple. Our luxury is the fact there are usually hot showers, usually electric and trips to town once a week to buy groceries (only space for one or two volunteers to join so it is not guarenteed you can go).

CARE is in the middle of a private nature reserve, so there a wild animals EVERYWHERE! From wild baboons, elephants and kudu to snakes (some poisonous), scorpions, lizards and a whole range of creepy crawlies!) but you are living in the African bush and get to experience breathtaking and wonderful wildlife encounters! Considering we are in the bush, the accomodation isn't bad and we will provide you with a proper bed with a nice matress and a mosquito net/tent to keep you safe from any bugs or other house friends at night.

Volunteers are provided with all meals (luxury items such as chocolate and alcohol can be purchased in the 'tuc shop'). Volunteers prepare their own breakfast and lunch and often take it in turns to cook evening meals. The meals are usually very good, consisting of vegetables, potatos, pasta, rice, cereals, yogurt, milk, eggs, cheese, vegetarian soy products and occassionally chicken and mince for non-vegetarians.

Please bear in mind you are living in the bush, so encountering rats, snakes, bugs and more should be expected.

Volunteers must just cover the costs of their flights or bus to Phalaborwa (South Africa, Limpopo), we will pick you up from there and return you on your depature. Volunteers will pay for their time at CARE, this donation is towards their food and resource use, plus a small donation to pay for the monkeys food. Please visit the website: for more detailed info and please email: for costs.

Term of Appointment: Minimum stay is usually one month.

Application Deadline: Open - we are desperate for help all year round.

Comments: CARE is offering a Bush Training Survival course additional to the volunteer program at an extra cost receiving training from qualified field guide. This includes Bush Survival Skills, snake handling and a certificate. Educational and site seeing trips to various places like the Kruger National Park, cheetah/lion experiences, zip lining and more can be arranged at an extra cost when you are staying with us. For these trips pick up and return back to the sanctuary can be arranged.

You can see videos here:

Contact Information: Written by longterm volunteer Samantha Dewhirst, please contact volunteer co-ordinator Katie to book and for enquiries. Phalaborwa Limpopo CARE, PO Box 1937, Phalaborwa, 1390, South Africa South Africa

Telephone Number: +27 (15) 769 6251


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Enrichment Internship - Enrichment Co-Ordinator

Hiring Organization: Centre for Animal Rehabilitation and Education

Date Posted: 2011-07-21

Position Description: CARE has embarked on an enrichment program for our baboons undergoing rehabilitation. The program is in its infancy and requires additional ideas, planning and implementation to continue its development and ensure our baboons, especially those who are unreleasable, have quality of life.

We are seeking individuals to co-ordinate the Enrichment Program, develop it and ensure its continuity.

The successful candidate will be required to;

1) Participate in the usual volunteer program as and when needed with general jobs caring for the orphan baby baboons; preparing/administering food items, milk bottles, cleaning and 'baby sitting' orphans. However, the successful candidate will have hours scheduled specifically to design, implement and where possible evaluate the Enrichment Program. 2) Create 'Enrichment Schedules' for all the baboons who will recieve enrichment. 3) Liase with the volunteer co-ordinator for scheduling their own time and that of other volunteers for specific enrichment duties 4) Recruit help from the voluteers to Design, Implement and Evaluate enrichment ideas/toys 5) Communicate with the centre manager whom will authorise new designs (this is important with regards to safety of the baboons and the intern). 6) Communicate with the centre manager to organise times to be escorted with enrichment items; due to the wild baboons the intern (especially females) will not be permitted to administer enrichment without an escort. 7) Present their work at monthly informal 'meetings', through either short powerpoint displays or written work - this is to a) inform the permanant staff of what is being achieved, b) educate other volunteers about the importance of enrichment 8) Provide photographs and write short updates for the CARE facebook page.

The enrichment items created will usually be made with everyday items which are found around the sanctuary and must not pose any hazard to the baboons; plastic tuning, wire mesh, cardboard, plastic bottles, old blankets etc.

Qualifications/Experience: ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS:

Batchelor or Masters Degree in a related field.


Experience with making enrichment for animals within a zoo, sanctuary or laboratory setting

Experience writing up reports and documenting their work.


The successful candidate MUST be flexible, easy going, a good communicator, organised, adaptable, have a positive outlook, optimistic, well balanced and have no mental or physical health problems which would interfer with their work and that of the rest of the team. The individual must be self funding, self efficient and be prepared to use their initiative.


A laptop - the centre does have an old PC, however this is unreliable. This will be used to write up findings, create schedules etc. A camera - to take photos in order to document their work and provide updates for the Facebook Page.


Good IT skills (good understanding of Microsoft Office; Word and Excel). Experience living in a developing country, working within a team, working in stressful environments. Experience with primates.

Salary/funding: The intern must pay to cover their food and accomodation at the centre and must cover all their travel costs, medical and travel insurance etc. COST - US$450 per week (this is the equivalent of £285 per week). We charge this for the first 8 weeks then it is discounted by 20% = $360 per week.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Meals and accomodation provided. Intern will prepare their own breakfast and lunch, evening meal is taken in turns to prepare.

  • The Volunteer Accommodation*

Volunteer accomodation is shared and simple. Our luxury is the fact there are usually hot showers, usually electric and trips to town once a week to buy groceries (only space for one or two volunteers to join so it is not guarenteed you can go).

CARE is in the middle of a private nature reserve, so there a wild animals EVERYWHERE! From wild baboons, elephants and kudu to snakes (some poisonous), scorpions, lizards and a whole range of creepy crawlies!) but you are living in the African bush and get to experience breathtaking and wonderful wildlife encounters! Considering we are in the bush, the accomodation isn't bad and we will provide you with a proper bed with a nice matress and a mosquito net/tent to keep you safe from any bugs or other house friends at night.

Volunteers often take it in turns to cook and the meals are usually very good.

Please bear in mind you are living in the bush, so encountering rats, snakes, bugs and more should be expected.

Term of Appointment: Ideally 3 months

Application Deadline: Ongoing, we need this post to be covered all year round

Comments: Educational and site seeing trips to various places like the Kruger National Park, cheetah/lion experiences and more can be arranged at an extra cost when you are staying with us. For these trips pick up and return back to the sanctuary can be arranged.

You can see videos here:

CARE is the largest baboon rehabilitation centre world wide, we recieve no government or corporate sponsors. All interns must complete an indemnity form.

Contact Information: Samantha Dewhirst is co-ordinating this post, with authorisation of those successful from the centre manager. Phalaborwa Limpopo CARE, PO Box 1937, Phalaborwa, 1390, South Africa South Africa

Telephone Number: 447894644244


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Field Assistant: Bushbaby Research in Tanzania

Hiring Organization: New York University - Luca Pozzi

Date Posted: 2011-07-22

Position Description: Seeking a field assistant to participate in a study of the phylogeny and phylogeography of dwarf galagos (genus Galagoides) in Tanzania. The primary responsibility associated with this position is the collection of genetic data (ear clips and/or hair follicles) in different sites in Tanzania. Field assistants will help with trapping the animals (e.g., setting the traps, baiting, etc.) and collecting morphological measurement and genetic samples (including handling the animals). The filed assistant will also be involved in collection of basic behavioral and bioacoustical data, and GPS point locations.

The research will be mainly conducted at night, starting ~1h before sunset. Accordingly to the site conditions, the fieldwork will continue for all the night or just focused on two periods 5pm-midnight and 5am-7am (just before sunrise). Workdays will be quite long, with data collection at night and data entry and organization during the day. At least 6 different sites will be visited between October and December 2011, and at least 10-15 days will be spent in each locality. The field assistant should be confortable in moving quite often from one site to another. Accommodation will be either in research stations/hostels or in tents within nature reserves (to be determined).

Successful applicants will be trained in all of the specific field methods to be employed in this study, and the position provides an excellent opportunity to gain substantial experience in fieldwork research.

Qualifications/Experience: Applicants should have a BS or BA and have had coursework in animal behavior, behavioural ecology, zoology, primatology or other relevant fields. Expertise in trapping and handling animals is not required, as successful applicants will receive training in the data collection methods used in this project. However some experience in field biology and any previous experience with capturing and processing animals especially are preferred. The applicant should have experience in scientific research, and must be able to follow protocols closely and collect data in a systematic fashion.

Applicants must be comfortable spending whole days in the field and must be both physically and mentally fit for long and challenging workdays. Critical personal characteristics for this position are being a hard worker, being reliable and self-motivated, being able to follow instructions carefully, and being able to work independently. Applicants must be fluent in English, should have lived in or traveled to developing countries in the past, and should enjoy an outdoor lifestyle.

Salary/funding: The position does not pay a salary, but funds are available to cover lodging and meals while working on the project.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Funds to support a field assistant’s accommodations, food, and travelling within Tanzania are available. You will be responsible for all other expenses, including flights to and from Tanzania ($1500-1700 from the US), visas, health and travel insurance, field clothing and other personal items. Equipment directly related to data collection will be provided.

Term of Appointment: September/October 2011 – December 2011 (3 month commitment is required)

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Comments: If interested, please send me the following via email:

- A letter of intent, indicating why you are interested in this position and why you are suitable, including your previous experience, qualifications, and future career goals;

- A C.V.;

- Complete application form available on my website (Your references should preferably be people who have supervised you in a research capacity (professors or research supervisors) and who will be able to provide information about your experience, training, and suitability for fieldwork.)

I will review all applications and be in contact asap to schedule a phone/skype interview.

Contact Information: Luca Pozzi 25 Waverly Place New york, NY 10003 USA

Telephone Number: + 1 212-998-8578


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Field assistant on mouse lemur in Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar

Hiring Organization: School of Biological and Conservation Sciences - University of KwaZulu-Natal (Pietermaritzburg)

Date Posted: 2011-07-23

Position Description: We are looking for a volunteer veterinarian to assist on a Post-doctoral project investigating the physiological flexibility of torpor expression according to different habitats. Specifically, we will be investigating the effect of deforestation on pattern of heterothermy. Typically, the effects of deforestation on Malagasy fauna have been examined in terms of alterations to diet, behavior and population genetics. However, the effect of deforestation on physiological alterations remains unknown. Impaired heterothermy, that is, the inability to maximize energetic savings through torpor and hibernation, is likely to have important energetic consequences for all Malagasy heterotherms. It is not known, for example, whether impaired heterothermy decreases breeding success, and hence fitness. For many of the rare, endemic heterotherms in Madagascar under threat from habitat destruction and deforestation, the answer to this question is crucial in terms of conservation objectives. To answer this question body temperature and metabolic measurements will be measured continuously in both males and females mouse lemurs of both species. This study will be conducted on wild mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus, Microcebus ravelobensis) in the dry deciduous forest of the Réserve forestière d’Ampijoroa in the Ankarafantsika National Park located about 110 km southeast of the town Mahajanga in northwestern Madagascar. The applicant will be expected to work on 4-6 days a week. The field assistant will be involved in trapping animals during the night (2-3hours) and helping the post-doctoral student on laboratory experiment during the day. All animals will be released the night after. Appropriate training on animals handling will be provided. This position is ideal for veterinary students aiming to gain experience in fieldwork and data collection.

Qualifications/Experience: Candidates must possess a valid license to practice veterinary medicine supporting skills to practice small surgery and animal management. Applicants should have some experience in animal care and husbandry. Previous field experience is not necessary. Successful applicants will have an excellent level of physical fitness and be able to work independently under isolated and demanding conditions in a hot environment with snakes, spiders and bugs. The applicant should be willing comfortable living under basic conditions. Accommodations at the field site are rustic but adequate (tents, toilet, showers, well water, electricity). Internet and cellphone reception can be gained by a 20-minute walk. The language in our team is English and French. Knowledge of French is helpful, but not necessary.

Salary/funding: This is a volunteer position, no wage is currently available. You are expected to provide your own airfare and pay for you own entry visa and health insurance. The costs of your accommodation, camp fees and food costs will be covered. Tent will be provided.

Term of Appointment: 1 month or more according to volunteer expectation. The main work will begin the 2nd until the end of September 2011, but behavioral experiments will last until the end of January 2012 if the candidate would like to stay.

Application Deadline: Target application date is July 31st 2011, but open until a suitable candidate has been found.

Comments: To apply, email the following to • Your current CV. • A cover letter explaining your qualifications and why you are interested in this position, listing all relevant veterinary experience and details. Bibliography on the subject will be sent before if needed.

Contact Information: Canale Cindy Private Bag X01 Scottsville 3209 KwaZulu-Natal, none Madagascar

E-mail Address:

vendredi, juillet 22 2011


Organization: Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project / Americorps. Website:

Job Type: HYCC Americorps Year-Round Program; Location: Alakai Wilderness and Hanapepe, Kauai, Hawaii. Duration: October 2011- October 2012. Closing date: 5 Aug 2011. Job Description: AMERICORPS year-round avian conservation field assistant needed for work with the Kauai Forest Bird Recovery Project. Position will last from early-October, 2011 through October, 2012. Our project focuses on a variety of work with three endemic Hawaiian songbirds, the Akikiki, Akeke’e and Puaiohi that all inhabit the extremely wet, beautiful and rugged montane rainforest at located at ~4500ft on the island of Kauai. This is a rare opportunity to work on endangered tropical species in the U.S while gaining valuable research skills. The work is physically challenging, requiring a 4 to 8 mile hike to the main field camps by way of steep slopes, tangled forest and stream crossings. Daily field activities include conducting ornithological fieldwork while hiking through dense forest, in and along streams, often in rainy and chilly weather. Qualifications: Applicants must be able to detect birds by color-bands and sounds, physically fit and able to navigate rugged and complex terrain using GPS and maps. Experience with songbird re-sighting, behavioral observation, territory mapping, nest searching, point counts, radio-telemetry and mist-netting is strongly desired. Abundant enthusiasm for conserving Hawaii’s native species (including the ability to kill a few invasive species along the way) is essential, as are self-motivation, the ability to work well in a small team, a positive attitude, and willingness to live in a remote field camps for more than a week at a time. Careful data collection is a must, and when not in the field, office duties will include data entry and organization, both supervised and independent research projects, maintenance of field equipment and living quarters and other work around the office. Compensation is ~$1300/mo with limited use of project vehicles. Housing when not in the field IS NOT provided through the program, though may be available through the Project for part of the year, dependent upon funding. The successful applicant must provide own travel to Lihue, Kauai and have a valid drivers license. To Apply: Applications will be accepted from July 22nd to August 5th and will be reviewed as they are received. The Project will review applicants and make recommendations to Americorps in early-August. Required materials include a current resume, cover letter, and contact information for 3 references. Please see our website, (URL: or e-mail (EM: for further information. Our online application form will be available on the 22nd of July on our website. Number of Openings: One.

URGENT: Assistant de terrain Australie Septembre 2011

L’ Equipe de NeuroEthologie Sensorielle (ENES - CNRS UMR8195) de l'Université de Saint Etienne recherche un(e) assistant(e) de terrain dans le cadre de ses recherches sur la communication acoustique chez le Diamant Mandarin.

La mission se déroulera à la station de recherche de Fowlers Gap (New South Wales, Australia), de Septembre à Novembre 2011 (3 mois).

Le volontaire devra faire preuve d’une grande motivation, être en bonne forme physique, et être capable de travailler 7J/7 à des températures pouvant atteindre les 45°C. Il aura notamment pour mission d’aider les chercheurs durant leurs expériences sur une population sauvage de Diamant Mandarin (pose des dispositifs d’enregistrement acoustique, relevé des données, suivi des Nids). Des connaissances en ornithologie et/ou en éthologie seront donc les bienvenues. Le billet d’avion et le loyer à la station de recherche seront pris en charge par le laboratoire. Les autres frais seront à la charge de l’assistant.

L'assistant pourra être co-auteur des publications qui résulteront de ce travail.

Pour postuler, merci d’envoyer un CV et une lettre de motivation par mail à Clémentine Vignal (

jeudi, juillet 21 2011

Laboratory of Ethology and Comparative Cognition, University PARIS OUEST NANTERRE


Our research group can potentially host a foreign post-doctoral fellow during the next academic season (2011-2012). The fellowship would be funded by our university (2000 euros/month) and starts the 1st of October 2011. Application deadline is the 2nd of September 2011. Applicants should be foreigners and must have defended their PhD after the 2nd of September 2009. We encourage candidates to contact us in order to define a research project. We are mainly interested in vocal communication processes related to reproductive contexts in songbirds and in cognitive processes & the use of social information in feral pigeons. For further information visit our website and contact Gerard Leboucher ( ) or Dalila Bovet ( ) for details.

grants for Animal Ethology Department of the Rennes University

The Human en Animal Ethology Department of the Rennes University offers the possibility for 3 grants for Masters or PhD holders, in 2011, trained in Ethology. Work will consist mostly in video recordings analysis, data analysis and reports. Publications may arise. An experimental work is not excluded but is not the priority. 1) A 4 (PhD) or 5 (Master holders) months contract on human-horse interactions, 2) A 5 (PhD) or 6 (Master holders) months contract on learning and attention in horses, 3) A 9 (PhD) or 10 (Master holders) months contract on emotional reactivity in birds. The three contracts should start on 1st September. Salaries are 1530 €uros (PhD) or 1370 €uros (Masters) per month. Send CV and motivation letter before the 1st August: For topics 1 and 2 : For topic 3 : Visio conferences or direct interviews are planned between the 20 and 25 August

Associate Teaching Fellow (Ref. P42228)

College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter


Salary from £24,370 per annum

The College wishes to recruit an Associate Teaching Fellow to support the delivery of cognition, research methods, statistics and animal behaviour in Psychology. This post is available from 1st October 2011 until 30th June 2012.

The post will include delivering modules and supporting teaching of research methods, statistics, cognition and animal behaviour at undergraduate and postgraduate levels by delivering lectures, seminars, practicals, field courses and tutorials as well as contributing to marking of coursework and exam papers. The applicant will also be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects, provide pastoral care for students, and to support teaching in Psychology.

The successful applicant will possess a PhD in Psychology or Animal Behaviour and have previous experience of teaching and administration in a related subject area.

The salary will be from £24,370 per annum on Grade E.

For further information please contact Lisa Leaver, Director of Education, telephone (01392 724641) or email To apply, please send your CV and covering letter with the contact details of three referees to Karen Swanston,, Washington Singer, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, quoting the job reference P44428.

The closing date for completed applications is July 27, 2011. Interviews are expected to take place on August 3, 2011.

Dr Lisa Leaver Senior Lecturer Director of Education School of Psychology College of Life and Environmental Science University of Exeter EX4 4QG UK

lundi, juillet 11 2011

Post-doctoral Fellow in Ape Behavior, Project ChimpCARE

Hiring Organization: Lincoln Park Zoo

Date Posted: 2011-07-08

Position Description: Helps to conduct and manage behavioral research projects for Project ChimpCARE (, focusing on the proximate and ultimate effects of atypical early histories on chimpanzee behavior and wellbeing.

Helps to design, conduct, and manage behavioral research studies on chimpanzees in a variety of captive settings including zoos and sanctuaries. Works closely with the Assistant Director of the Fisher Center to initiate new collaborations and assist with strategic research planning for Project ChimpCARE.

Participates in the planning and execution of multidisciplinary projects that may incorporate behavioral observations, endocrinology and other disciplines. Most projects will involve collaboration with other facilities. Also manages some aspects of Project ChimpCARE administration including upkeep of the databases, websites and other outreach tools.

Tasks include participating in all aspects of the scientific method including designing studies, preparing protocols, collecting data, analyzing data, writing manuscripts for publication, and preparing oral or poster presentations for staff and conferences. Tasks may also include training interns and volunteers to collect, manage, and analyze data; dissemination of information at scientific meetings; attending scientific lectures at the zoo or other local scientific institutions. Other duties as assigned by immediate supervisor.

Available to work all necessary hours, including some weekends and holidays. Must be able to spend extended time (1-4 weeks at a time) travelling to collect data at several sites across the United States (approximately 6 months/year). During this time, hotel accommodations will be provided. Must be able to effectively communicate with supervisor during these travel sessions.

Qualifications/Experience: PhD in behavioral science/anthropology is required. Experience conducting behavioral observations of chimpanzees is required

Salary/funding: $40,000/yr plus benefits

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Support for travel will be provided.

Term of Appointment: 2 years

Application Deadline: August 2011

Comments: Send cover letter and c.v. for immediate consideration.

Contact Information: Human Resources Department, cc: Steve Ross 2001 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614 USA


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vendredi, juillet 8 2011

Part-time Animal Care Specialist

Hiring Organization: Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Myakka City Lemur Reserve

Date Posted: 2011-07-06

Position Description: The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs through captive breeding, non-invasive scientific research, and education. LCF operates the 100-acre, non-public, AZA certified Reserve in the Myakka City area in southwest Florida. Visit for more information.

The Animal Care Specialist assists in the daily animal care routines, animal observations, diet preparation and oversees the behavioral training and enrichment programs. They are also responsible for reporting medical needs and abnormal conditions to the animal care managers, maintaining daily records on the entire collection and creating husbandry protocols.

LCF is seeking an energetic, self-motivated, team oriented individual with strong leadership, problem solving, and time management skills for the Animal Care Specialist position at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve. The Animal Care Specialist's primary responsibilities are the daily and long term husbandry care of the lemur colony which is 42 individuals and growing.

This position requires physical labor in challenging outdoor temperatures and weather conditions common to Florida. Animal Care staff are part of a team and must work effectively in a team environment. They will represent LCF in a professional manner and uphold the mission of the organization.

Please send cover letter, resume and contact information for 3 references to:

Patricia Walsh Lemur Conservation Foundation PO Box 249 Myakka City, FL 34251 Fax: (941) 322-9264

Qualifications/Experience: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in a Life Sciences field from an accredited college or university and a minimum of one year of related animal care experience, preferably at an AZA member institution. An equivalent combination of education, experience, and training is also acceptable. Experience working with primates is preferred.

All staff must have an annual Tb test. This job requires the ability to lift or move up to 35 pounds. Weekend, evening, and holiday work is required. The Animal Care Specialist is an essential position where the incumbent is expected to provide services during emergency situations and all kinds of weather conditions.

Salary/funding: The Animal Care Specialist is a part-time position with a starting salary of $12,000 annually. Benefits include vacation, holidays and staff development opportunities.

Application Deadline: Application deadline: August 10, 2011

Contact Information: Patricia Walsh PO Box 249 Myakka City 34251 USA

Telephone Number: 941-322-8494

Fax Number: 941-322-9264


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MSc in Biological Anthropology

Educational Organization: Bournemouth University

Date Posted: 2011-07-08

Program Description: This exciting one-year Full-time (2 years PT) MSc course combines our staff's international reputation in anthropology, primatology, archaeology and biology. Offering all the exciting aspects of biological anthropology at the lovely Dorset Coast with its rich archaeological heritage. The programme includes primatology, evolutionary anthropology, human osteology (at a level suitable for a forensic anthropologist), zooarchaeology, and human variation. This degree gives you the chance to work with established experts in the field of forensic osteology/anthropology, (zoo)archaeology, primatology and behavioural ecology of humans and animals. As a student on this course, you will have access to our extensive collection of archaeological skeletal material of humans and animals, helping you to develop osteological skills at a level suitable for human identification in forensic and archaeological settings. This is a unique opportunity to engage in a study that will leave students well equipped to continue a career in the study of human evolution, modern human variation, or the analysis of archaeological (or forensic) human skeletal remains.

Entrance Qualifications: Undergraduate degree in a relevant subject (biology, anthropology, archaeology) completed to a high standard (upper 2;2 or 2:1 in English institutions, international applicants please contact:

Tuition / Fees: September 2011 fees Full-time students year 2011/12: UK/EU students: £4,750 International students: £11,500

Support (scholarships, travel): One-off payment discount of 5%. Several scholarships will again be available for a 2012 start.

Start + End Dates: End September 2011-End September 2012 every year.

Application Deadline: September 2011

Comments: There are many other exciting MSc courses at our university related to this one and there are PhD and MPhil opportunities with individual members of staff.

Contact Information: Applied Sciences Talbot Campus, Christchurch House Poole, Dorset BH12 5BB United Kingdom

Telephone Number: ++ 44.1202 9 65167 or


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Hiring Organization: University of St Andrews

Date Posted: 2011-07-07

Position Description: We are looking for someone to carry out playback experiments with free-ranging gibbons at Khao Yai National Park, Thailand. This is a follow up study from results published by Clarke et al. (2006) who showed that gibbons produce structurally distinct songs to predators and during morning duets.

The first task will be to record predator and duet songs from identified individuals in order to edit them for subsequent playback trials. The second task will be to play back exemplars of predator or duet songs to neighbouring groups and record their vocal and locomotor responses. If time permits, we will playback songs with artificially altered sequence structure. Results will be written up and published in an appropriate journal.

Estimated preparation time: 1 month (St Andrews), estimated time in the field: 6 months (Khao Yai); estimated time for analysis, write up and publication: 5 months (St Andrews).

Funding is initially available for one year, with the possibility of a second year, depending on funding and research progress.

Start date: 1 September 2011

Scientific background:

Qualifications/Experience: - Previous field experience ideally with non-human primates: essential - Experience with sound analysis and playback experiments: desirable - Doctoral or Masters degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline: required - Previous publications: desired

Salary/funding: Postdoctoral salary level, depending on experience

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Return flight UK - Thailand

Term of Appointment: 1-2 years

Application Deadline: 15 August 2011

Comments: Required documents: cover letter, CV, 2 letters of reference, publication list

Contact Information: Klaus Zuberbuhler St Mary's Quad St Andrews, Fife KY16 9JP United Kingdom

Telephone Number: +44 1334 462080

Fax Number: +44 1334 463042


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