Volunteer Field Assistants – Tsaobis Baboon Project, Namibia

Volunteer Field Assistants – Tsaobis Baboon Project, Namibia

We are seeking volunteer field workers to assist on a study of the behavioural and population ecology of desert baboons at our long-term field project in Namibia.


The Tsaobis Baboon Project is a long-term study of desert baboons in Namibia.  Based at the Institute of Zoology (the research arm of the Zoological Society of London), and affiliated with the Gobabeb Research and Training Centre (Namibia), our aim is to carry out fundamental research in behavioural ecology and population ecology, and to inform conservation policy and practice for social species.


We are seeking to appoint six volunteer fieldworkers for the 2014-2015 field season, between late October 2014 and early August 2015. A range of 3-month and 6-month volunteer positions are available over this period. The fieldwork will primarily involve daily follows of baboon troops on foot, collecting data on the behaviour of individually recognisable animals, together with monthly insect/vegetation surveys and wider ecological monitoring related to the baboons' environment. The main research focus will be on climate, behaviour, and baboon host-parasite dynamics.


Further information about the Tsaobis Baboon Project, the volunteer fieldworker positions, and the application procedure can be found on the Project’s webpages: www.zsl.org/science/research/baboon


The deadline for applications is 9am on Monday 16th June 2014


Interviews will be held at the Institute of Zoology between Monday 30th June and Wednesday 2nd July 2014. Telephone/Skype interviews will be possible for overseas applicants.