Field assistant Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Monkey Project, Costa Rica

Agency
University of California-Los Angeles
Location
Guanacaste, Costa Rica
Job Category
Volunteer Openings
Salary
none (but see above)
Start Date
04/01/2018
Last Date to Apply
04/01/2018
Website
http://lbmp.anthro.ucla.edu/how-to-help/internships/
Description
The Lomas Barbudal Capuchin Project has been running for 27 years, and (funding permitting) will continue for many years to come. Each year we accept about 6 interns who stay a full year and participate in data collection. The project currently monitors 11 social groups of monkeys. Virtually all monkeys are well habituated, and their genetic relationships are known, as well as social histories dating back several years in most cases. The primary foci of research currently are (a) behavioral variation, social intelligence, and third-party punishment of deviation from typical social interaction patterns, (b) life history strategies, and (c) the effects of climate change on behavioral endocrinology and population dynamics. These internships are excellent preparation for graduate school. Interns who finish their terms have always received admission to high quality graduate programs (>60 of our past interns have gone to graduate school). Term of Appointment:
We want people to stay for an entire year, because of the high cost of training research assistants. Starting dates are highly flexible (disregard the start dates and application dates below, as we’re accepting applications at any time). We plan to take on six interns during the period of April-Oct 2018. Salary/funding:
None. However, a field manager position (which pay a stipend in addition to room and board) will open in mid-2018, and this position will be chosen from this year’s group of interns. Currently we are able to provide free lodging, and reimbursements of the cost of board, and at least part of the plane fare. (See below) Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
We provide lodging and reimburse most of the cost of food and transportation to the site. 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. Assistants must buy their own medical insurance 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. Application Deadline:
Rolling deadlines: Try to apply at least 1 month before desired start date if possible. We hope to hire 3 more people between the months of April-Oct 2018. We prefer people who can start sooner rather than later.
Qualifications
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 for the duration 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. Application Instructions: Application instructions and a detailed guide to working on the project are on the following website:
 http://lbmp.anthro.ucla.edu/how-to-help/internships/ 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. 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. Term of Appointment:
We want people to stay for an entire year, because of the high cost of training research assistants. Starting dates are highly flexible (disregard the start dates and application dates below, as we’re accepting applications at any time). We plan to take on six interns during the period of April-Oct 2018.
Contact Person
Susan Perry
Contact Phone
310-267-4338
Contact eMail
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