Volunteer research assistants are needed to work with skilled field workers studying the abundance and movement patterns of medium to large mammals within the Central Belize Wildlife Corridor in Central America.

Training will be given in all field techniques. The field activities will vary seasonally but are expected to include the following –
1) Live trapping
2) Telemetry
3) Camera trapping
4) Sign surveys

Accommodation in the study area is ~US$450 per month for dormitory style accommodation and two cooked meals (morning and evening) every day. Limited funding may be available to cover accommodation /subsistence dependent on the needs of the volunteer and how long they commit to stay; priority for financial support will go to Belizean nationals, but consideration will be given to other well-justified requests. We cannot offer any financial support for international travel or insurance.

Volunteers are expected to stay a minimum of two months.

Selection Criteria
Essential –
1) Background in Biology, Zoology, Wildlife Management, Conservation Biology, Natural Resource Management or related subject
2) Genuine interest in neotropical wildlife
3) Physically fit and capable of undertaking fieldwork in hot humid conditions
4) Mature approach to fieldwork
5) Prepared to work unsocial hours
6) Prepared to work at night
7) Proven ability to work well in a team
8) Capable of working independently when necessary
9) Capable of following protocols, recording data and organising field notes
10) Capable of inputting data into a database
11) Ability to speak read & write English fluently Desirable –
1) Driving license
2) Ability to use, or willingness to learn, relevant GIS & telemetry software

Opportunities to be involved in data analysis and the preparation of manuscripts for publication may arise, depending on the contribution made by the individual. We also welcome graduate students who may like to use this opportunity to develop a project and collect data for an MSc thesis. Please enquire further.

Application procedure
Please send a CV and a cover letter detailing why you would like to work on this project and how you fulfil the selection criteria. There is no deadline for this post; we will consider applications as we receive them. We will take on a minimum of two and a maximum of ten volunteers at any one time. For informal enquiries, and to submit an application, please contact Dr Rebecca Foster (rfoster@panthera.org)

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