Primate Research Internship: Puerto Rico

New York University
Punta Santiago, Puerto Rico
Job Category
per diem of $125 per week, plus housing and travel
Start Date
Last Date to Apply
FIELD SITE: Cayo Santiago, an island 1 km off the coast of Puerto Rico, is a research field station home to approximately 1600 rhesus macaques. The monkeys currently living on Cayo Santiago are all the direct descendants of 409 monkeys who were brought to the island in 1938. Monkeys roam freely on the island, and naturally separate themselves into social groups. Today, researchers from universities around the world conduct field work focused on a range of disciplines including evolutionary ecology, anthropology, and psychology. The colony is run and maintained by the Caribbean Primate Research Center and the University of Puerto Rico. Internship: A team of interns will assist in non-invasive data collection for an on-going study of rhesus macaque physiology and behavior. Primary duties will include collection of biological samples (feces and urine) from the free-ranging monkeys. This will involve spending approximately 7 hours per day on the island (5 days per week), observing the monkeys in their natural habitat, and collecting both urine and fecal samples from the monkeys opportunistically. Interns must be willing to commit to the full internship duration, which will be (tentatively) from May 22nd until September 1st of this year. STIPEND: A weekly stipend of $125 and housing in the coastal town of Punta Santiago are provided. Travel to and from Puerto Rico (from anywhere in the continental United States) is also covered. HOW TO APPLY: To apply, please send your resume (with the contacts of 2 references), and a one-page statement of interest to Dr. Eve Cooper ( This internship is part of a collaborative research project led by Dr. James Higham (New York University), Dr. Lauren Brent (University of Exeter), and Dr. Noah Snyder-Mackler (Arizona State University).
Qualifications Required: - Ability to work independently, as well as be a positive and contributing member of a group - Ability to work in physically challenging conditions, including standing for the majority of the day (up to 7 hours) under hot conditions with minimal shade, and walking across uneven and steep terrain - Willingness to work in close contact with free-ranging monkeys, which requires both vigilance as well as confidence around wild animals - Tolerance to collecting both feces and urine samples - Sincere interest in biological anthropology, animal behavior, primatology, ecology, veterinary sciences, or another related field - Applicant must be a US citizen or permanent resident and a minimum of 18 years of age - Proof of full Covid vaccination, and willingness to submit a health questionnaire is required Preferred: - Previous field work experience, especially field work involving primates and/or under hot climatic conditions - A bachelor’s degree in biology, anthropology, ecology, or a related field - Basic Spanish
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Dr. Eve Cooper
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