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Job Type: volunteer position
Posting Date: 8 Dec 13
Closing Date: 9 Mar 14
Please read the detailed guide to working on the monkey project BEFORE applying or contacting the project, as this will answer virtually all questions. Applicants are also strongly encouraged to read the book "Manipulative Monkeys: The Capuchins of Lomas Barbudal," which is a popular science book documenting not only the first 15 years of scientific research, but the life style of researchers working at this site.
Qualifications/Experience: There are no absolute criteria, and we try to hire people with a blend of different talents. But some traits that help are good grades (>3.3 GPA), some prior Spanish training, and prior experience studying animal behavior and working in the field. Skills in auto mechanics, construction (for house repairs), ecological sampling, computer maintenance and website design would be nice additional perks. The most important trait in a field assistant is strong work ethic and the ability to make a firm commitment to stay the length of the contract. Please do not apply if you are the sort of person who signs contracts and then backs out, as such behavior is highly damaging to the project (as well as to your own reputation). It is also highly desirable for applicants to have done some reading in primatology (not just websites, but journal articles and books, including some from this project) before applying.
Salary/funding: None. However, a field manager positions (which pay a stipend in addition to room and board) will open around March 2013, and this positions will almost certainly be chosen from this year’s group of interns. Until we hear back about several pending grants, we will not know what level of funding we provide. See below.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging): Minimally, we can guarantee free housing and some contribution towards food costs. Interns must feed themselves when away on vacation and visa trips. Currently interns are expected to pay a refundable deposit towards their food costs to cover the training period, in case they decide not to stay long enough to contribute useful labor towards the project. The project can cover food costs throughout the summer, and if pending grants are funded, then interns will have their food costs covered entirely by the project during fall 2014 as well. Assistants must buy their own medical insurance and plane tickets to the site and pay the cost of any visa applications.
A field site manager will be selected from among the interns, and that person will earn a salary. Please, when you apply, specify the minimum among of financial support you would need in order to be a viable applicant, and state dates of your availability.
Term of Appointment: Optimally, we want people to stay for an entire year. However, we will consider a 7-month contract for applicants who can start immediately (early January) and who show aptitude in learning the behavioral coding scheme. Start dates are flexible, but we need people to start immediately (January 2014 and every couple of months thereafter).
Application Deadline: Rolling deadlines: Try to apply at least 3 months before desired start date if possible. We will be hiring 3 more people between the months of January 2014 and July 2014, and would prefer people who can start sooner rather than later.
Comments: These internships are excellent preparation for graduate school. Interns who finish their terms have always received admission to high quality graduate programs (>50 of our past interns have gone to graduate school).
Contact Information:Contact Information: Susan Perry, Dept. of Anthropology, Box 951553, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553 USA
Telephone Number: 310-267-4338
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