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Volunteer research assistant for cheetah and lion conservation science in southern Africa

Job Type: volunteer position

Location: N/A

Posting Date: 4 Aug 14

Closing Date: 30 Sep 14

This project is focused on understanding the landscape ecology and connectivity of cheetah and lion populations in the Greater Limpopo Transfrontier Conservation Area. We are two PhD researchers, looking for 1-2 volunteer research assistants to help us in the field during September-October 2014. Additional project information can be found at
Duties include: establishing and maintaining camera-trap stations, conducting distance sampling prey counts and collecting and recording data from track and scat surveys conducted along transects. Assistants will primarily be working directly with a principal investigator.
This is an ideal opportunity for individuals seeking field experience prior to undertaking an advanced degree focused on predator conservation science.
Applicants must commit to at least one month on the project, be responsible, hardworking, self-motivated, physically capable and willing to walk up to 20 km per day in often difficult conditions, be comfortable camping for extended periods and willing to assist with regular camp chores. A cheerful attitude is desirable.
Accommodations are mostly camp-based and generally remote, with internet limited town visits. Study sites for this period are in Banhine National Park in Mozambique.
Applicants must be working towards or have obtained a B.Sc in Biology, Zoology or similar field. Previous field experience desired, although not necessary. Applicants with tracking experience, field work and/or bush experience, carrying a valid driver’s license, 4x4 driving experience and First Aid certification will be given preference.
Field assistants are responsible for their own travel to South Africa, medical travel insurance and Mozambican tourist visas, and must contribute $1000 per month to the project (to cover food, lodging and assist with field related project costs).
To apply, please send a CV and cover letter (previous related experience and motivation for this position).


Contact Information:

Leah Andresen
Centre for African Conservation Ecology
Department of Zoology
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

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