Role Profile

The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of wild desert baboons in Namibia. We are currently recruiting Volunteer Field Assistants for our 2018 field season. These positions combine practical research with training and are entirely field-based. The volunteers are trained by and work alongside doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers, assisting with their studies and contributing to the wider research activities of the Baboon Project.

The fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on foot, collecting data on the behaviour of individually recognisable animals, together with monthly vegetation surveys, and the capture of both study troops to fit GPS collars and collect measurements and samples. This year, our research focus is on baboon social behaviour and female reproductive strategies.

Positions available

Three Volunteer Field Assistant positions are currently available, each running for three months from late August to late November.

What we cover

Once the volunteers arrive in Namibia, the Tsaobis Baboon Project covers all their work-related costs, including all meals and accommodation. We will also cover the costs of the volunteers’ research visas and travel insurance. On the successful completion of fieldwork, we also contribute a minimum of £75 towards the cost of the volunteers’ air ticket.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

The Volunteer Field Assistants will learn and implement a range of research skills related to the study of animal behaviour and ecology. Following training, the fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on foot, during which they will collect data on the behaviour of individually recognisable animals, together with monthly vegetation surveys and wider ecological monitoring related to the baboons’ environment. This year we will also be briefly capturing our study troops to collect routine measurements and samples.
Person Specification

Who are we looking for?

These positions are open to all with an interest in animal behaviour and ecology. We are particularly keen to hear from applicants who:

Are friendly, easygoing people, happy to live in small team under basic conditions at a remote field site
Are strongly motivated, reliable and committed
Have good levels of physical fitness and stamina – you will be following the baboons on foot from dawn to dusk over mountainous terrain in extreme heat
Show good initiative, with a willingness to learn and show attention to detail
Have a full, clean driving licence.

What do volunteers get out of it?

An amazing opportunity to share the lives of wild baboons in a beautiful desert landscape
An opportunity to learn new skills and gain experience, especially those relevant to research in behaviour, ecology, and conservation
An opportunity to be involved in a long-term project on African wildlife, hosted by an international research institution and conservation charity
Most of our volunteers are graduate students who use their experience on the Baboon Project as a stepping stone on to Masters and PhD degree courses

Further information

For further details about these positions, including the work involved, our living conditions in the field, preparations prior to departure, and what to bring with you, please visit the Tsaobis Baboon Project webpage and click on the ‘Information for Volunteers’ tab.

The field season will take part from the end of August to the end of November 2018.

To Apply

If you would like to apply, you will need to send a CV and covering letter to the following email address : [email protected]

The covering letter should explain why you would like to work on the project, and the CV should include the names of two referees with e-mail contact details. The covering letter and CV should be uploaded as a single PDF document, with the covering letter on a separate page preceding the CV.

Closing date for applications: 10am, Monday 16 April 2018.

Please note: We will notify successfully shortlisted candidates by the evening of Tuesday 17 April, and interviews will be held in London the following week on Tuesday 24 April and Wednesday 25 April. Applicants should keep these dates free for interview, since no other dates will be available. Telephone/skype interviews will be possible for overseas applicants or those that genuinely cannot travel to London to attend the interview.

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