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Research Assistantships for PrimatesPeru

Organisation: PrimatesPeru

Country: Peru

Type: Environment & Wildlife Conservation

Research Assistantships for PrimatesPeru

Deadlines: Rolling, up to March 15, 2014

We have four major assistantship programs offered this year, as illustrated below:

Callitrichid Behavioral Research

8 week minimum commitment, dates May 10 to August 31, 2014, cost $3000 for the 8 wk period (further weeks= $375 per week). 

Skills: Tracking primates by radio telemetry, working off-trail, full-day follows, behavioral observations, database entry, feeding ecology, scent-marking behavior, sex identification, collect samples for endocrinology, parasitology, and genetics.

Callitrichid Animal Handling

6 week minimum commitment, dates June 1 to July 31, 2014, cost  $2250 for 6 wk period.

Skills: set up field processing kit, collect swabs, determine sex/age, handle widlife safely, record TPRs, weight measurement, collect samples for endocrinology, parasitology and reproductive physiology.

Callitrichid Botany Research

4 week minimum commitment, dates  May 10 to August 31, 2014, cost $1500 for 4 wks.

Skills: Locate tagged trees using GPS, collect morphometric data, leaf/fruit samples, photograph plant features, leaf patterns, sap color, fruit characteristics, identify plants.

Ambush Predators and Primate Prey Research

8 week minimum commitment, dates June 1 to August 31, 2014, cost $3000 for the 8 week period 

Skills: Track primates, track ocelots using radio telemetry, use a GPS, full-day follows of saki monkeys, behavioral observations,primate vocalizations,field experiments using predator decoys, record habitat data, operate remote camera traps, input behavioral, audio, habitat, and camera trap data into various databases.

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