The Sloth Technician absolutely must have the ability to work long days (12+ hours) with very little time off. In addition, because most of this work will occur at night, this person will need to be able to work when tired and basically become nocturnal.
This person must be extremely dedicated to sloth conservation and willing to forgo personal comfort for the benefit of the animals. You will to be hot, sweaty, wet, cold, eaten by mosquitos, sleepy, sore, and tired but you'll still feel that there is no other place in the world that you would rather be than watching sloths in the jungle. The ideal person will eat, sleep, breathe and dream about sloths! This is rigorous fieldwork with limited hands on interactions with sloths.
Research and fieldwork
· Conduct behavioral monitoring at night in the rainforest.
· Daily Data Entry
· Using VHF radio telemetry
· Preparing food/collecting wild food items for sloths
· Feeding, cleaning and enriching sloth cages
· Assist in opportunistic capture, sample collection and release of sloths
All applicants must be physically fit, healthy, have field research experience, behavioral research experience (requires patience!), excellent communication skills, a strong interest in animal welfare and conservation and a great sense of humor. Must be non-smoker.