– Are you excited by the idea of fieldwork in tropical forests?
– Are you keen to learn more about mammal diversity and behaviour?
– Are you interested in working with cutting-edge technology?
If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this is an exciting opportunity for you to build your experience. We’re looking for a volunteer field worker to assist with surveys of forest mammals on Barro Colorado Island, the world famous ecological research site in Panama, run by the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. As a long-term resident, you will become part of this vibrant ecological research community.
Your primary role will be to survey a wide range of mammal species (peccaries, agoutis, ocelots, coatis and more) using camera traps. These devices automatically and discretely record passing animals, making it possible to obtain information on otherwise invisible species. Activities will include:
– regularly moving cameras to new locations
– downloading and managing photographs
– managing a database of information from the cameras
– running data summaries and simple analyses
Training will be provided, so no previous experience is required. However, experience of tropical field work, camera trapping and/or data base management would be an advantage.
You must be physically fit, be able to start work by the end of September 2008, and stay until January 2009 (precise dates to be discussed). The project will pay for your travel and living expenses.
To apply or get more details, send a CV to Marcus Rowcliffe firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 020 7449 6223. Given the imminence of the preferred appointment date, expressions of interest should be received by 5 September.