Wildlife Biology Research Assistantship

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Applications are open for limited spaces to join our spring and summer research program in the Peruvian Amazon. We have four field teams operating at any given time. RAs spend approximately 60% of their time assisting a specific project, and 40% of their time providing general support to other projects. Ongoing studies include: -Primate Behavior & Monitoring: assist a 12-year behavioral and mark-recapture study of three Neotropical primates species -Biodiversity & Wildlife Health: assist a wildlife veterinary team safely collect samples from several vertebrate taxa (bats, birds, small- to large-size mammals) -Animal Movement & Spatial Ecology: help set-up and collect data from a LoRa-based animal tracking system, and carry-out non-invasive animal detection protocols (eDNA collection, camera trapping, hair snare devices). -Conservation Genetics: join our field genetics laboratory team in intaking and analyzing samples associated with studies on microbiome, feeding ecology, taxonomy, and disease ecology. Visit https://fieldprojects.org/participate/wildlife-biology/ to learn about training and skills acquired on each project. Quick Facts: -2023 Start Dates: (Spring) Flexible Feb and March start dates; (Summer) May 29, June 12, July 3 -Minimum Commitment: 5 weeks -Location: Los Amigos Biological Station, Peru -Application Deadline: (Spring) Jan 31; (Summer) March 31 -Program Fee: $2450 for 5 weeks; $490 each additional week. Fee includes food+lodging at the field station, training and use of field equipment. Fee DOES NOT include transportation to field station. For more information, including FAQ, visit: https://fieldprojects.org/participate/wildlife-biology/ Short on funding?See our scholarship opportunities: https://fieldprojects.org/participate/scholarships/ Ready to apply? CV + 2 references required: https://fieldprojects.org/participate/applications/raship-application/
Minimum Requirements: -You must be at least 18 years of age by the time the training program begins (no upper age-limit) -A letter of recommendation from a source that can substantiate the participant’s experience and skills -Previous lab experience in molecular biology is required. Pipetting, PCR and gel electrophoresis experience at a minimum -Must be able to carry at least a 20 lb back pack during field expeditions -Fluency in spreadsheet management via Excel. -A vaccine to COVID-19 (see FAQ for details) -Participants must be in good physical condition, with the capability to walk 4 miles a day Preferred Requirements: -Ideal participants will be biology majors, have taken anatomy- and morphology-based courses, and/or demonstrate a strong interest in natural history -Genomics experience is not required, you will gain this on this program, but prior laboratory experience is welcomed -Participants will not be discriminated against for medical conditions they might have, if we determine that being on this project will not pose an immediate risk to their health -Participants must be willing to maintain long hours in the field and the laboratory, with every effort made to balance this across the program -Participants must be reliable – when a team is assigned to work with a group of animals, days of planning go into the execution of the protocol. Carelessness and tardiness on the part of the participant could jeopardize the entire project -Participants must be detail-oriented; our job is to track species across several capture programs -Due to the nature of the work and weather constraints, participants MUST be willing to be flexible about their schedules
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