We are looking for two enthusiastic, motivated candidates for a one-year position working as a field-based research assistant in Gabon, starting on June 1, 2014!
The research project focuses on the impacts of anthropogenic activities on tropical forests, animal communities and ecological processes in the Central African rainforest. Field assistants work on a rotating schedule, spending one to two weeks a month conducting animal surveys in and around Ivindo National Park and one to two weeks collecting data on tree phenology, forest dynamics, seed dispersal and seedling recruitment in forest plots near the Ipassa Research Station.
Successful candidates must thrive in a small team setting, working well with both Gabonese and American technicians and guides. Work typically begins at first light (6 am) and can consist of hiking more than 10 km in hilly and swampy terrain in hot, muggy and buggy conditions. Field assistants live out of a tent two weeks each month. The field station is rustic with only intermittent access to internet and telephone.
While working in this challenging environment, successful candidates will be rewarded with the opportunity to observe tropical bird and animal species in their natural habitats. Candidates will undoubtedly learn a great deal about tropical ecology, natural history, conservation biology, and the impacts of land use on forest structure and composition in near-pristine and degraded landscapes as well as what it takes to organize projects in Central Africa.
Preference will be given to candidates with previous field research experience. Experience in French is strongly recommended.
Field assistants must pay their travel to Gabon, but will be provided with room and board at the Ipassa Research Station.
Interested persons should send: 1) a CV, 2) a cover letter describing motivation and qualifications for position, and 3) the names and contact information of three professional references. Please send application materials in pdf form to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “(candidate's last name)-Ipassa Field Position.” Ex: Smith-Ipassa Field Position. Applications will be accepted until May 1, 2014.