Primate Behavior Research Assistant (Peru)

Field Projects International
Los Amiogs Biological Station, Peru
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Volunteer Openings
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Field Projects International is currently accepting applications for a new Primate Behavior Research Training Program for 2022. This field research training program will be held at the Los Amigos Biological Station in Southeastern Peru where we have conducted research for more than a decade. This program focuses on studying the behavior of two Neotropical primates: the emperor and saddleback tamarin. Learn more and apply: Program Start Dates (2022): August 7th and 21st September 4th and 18th October 2nd and 16th November 6th and 20th December 4th and 18th Enrollment Deadline: September 1, 2022, or until all spots are filled. Skills and Training: Comfortably and safely work and move on and off trail systems in a Neotropical rainforest setting. Identify tamarin species by sight and sound. Conduct full-day behavioral follows of wild primates using focal, scan, and ad-libitum data sampling methods. Use radio telemetry equipment to locate tagged individuals and groups. Opportunistic collection of fecal and urine samples, including preservation technique. Mark feeding trees and collect fruit samples. Clean-up and maintain multiple data types in an organized way for subsequent analyses, including: spatial data, habitat data, behavioral data, and biological sample metadata.
Minimum Requirements: Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins (there is no upper age limit). You must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. Participants must be in good physical condition, with the capability to walk 4 miles a day. Participants must be willing to be flexible about their weekly and daily schedules due to the nature of field work and potential weather constraints. Preferred Skills: Participants should demonstrate a grounding or strong interest in wildlife monitoring and biology. Previous field experience is not required, but previous behavior research experience is a plus. Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have so long as participating on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health. Participants should be willing to maintain long hours in the field, and return to complete data entry in the evenings. Participants should be reliable and demonstrate patience.
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