We are seeking a number of volunteer research assistants to work on the project throughout the year. Research assistants will participate in a variety of activities including: habituation of new primate groups, daily follows of individual saki and titi monkey groups, behavioral observations during follows, habitat assessments, camera trapping of wildlife at the site, and radio-telemetry of ocelots. Actual activities will depend on project needs at a given time and the interests of the assistant specified during the application process. Volunteers generally have a background in biology, conservation, ecology, anthropology, or veterinary sciences.
If you are interested in working on the project, please send a 1 to 2-page letter of interest, CV, and contact information for two professionals who can provide references. Your letter of interest should specify when and for how long you are willing to work on the project, why you are interested in participating, your qualifications, and what you plan to do after completion of the internship. Applicants will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year (August 2014 to August 2015)
This is a volunteer position. Assistants can expect to pay:
- Round-trip international airfare to Peru (cost varies)
- Round-trip domestic airfare from Lima, Peru to Puerto Maldonado, Peru (avg. $365)
- Local transportation to field site (taxi and boat fare avg. $45 each way)
- Field station fees, includes dorm room, 3 meals a day and snacks ($775 per month)
Assistants are also responsible for purchasing and providing proof of international health insurance. Vaccinations against typhoid, yellow fever, and hepatitis are strongly recommended. Assistants must also sign liability waivers for the project and field station prior to travel. A minimum commitment of two-months is required to participate on the project. Assistants staying longer than 4 months may be partially reimbursed (dependent on project funding) for air travel upon successful completion of their volunteer term.