We are currently looking for
Tarsius Project is a complex initiative, incorporating research, education of local people, welfare of captive tarsiers and eco-tourism in order to protect the one of the smallest primates in the world – Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta). Our Project is located in the picturesque interior of the most famous Philippine Island in terms of tarsiers – Bohol. At the moment we are in the process of developing the Tarsier Conservation Centre, focused on establishing a viable, captive breeding colony of the Philippine tarsier as well as developing extensive educational programme for local schools.
We are currently seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic field assistant to join our team for minimum 6 months (although, the appointment can be extended upon performance and willingness of a the candidate). This is an interesting opportunity for individuals interested in primatology, zoology, zoo biology, education and conservation to gain more field experience to further their professional career in animal husbandry and in-situ conservation. The position offers the successful candidate to work as a technician in the field of conservation and management of a sensitive species, while living in the heart of beautiful and calm tropical Philippine islands. The successful candidate will be involved in various activities, but main tasks include following areas:
- Tarsiers Food
Main focus will be insects day-to-day husbandry (feeding, cleaning, making furnishing, handling and counting individuals, but you will be asked for other work in the breeding area). This includes also insects collections at the evening/night.
- Tarsiers Husbandry
Preparation of food and providing it to the tarsiers, observation and monitoring the individuals, handling and checking tarsiers’ condition, maintenance of enclosures.
Behavioural observations on our captive tarsiers at nighttime, data entry and analysis.
- Conservation and Environmental Education
Development and implementing a new educational programme for elementary and high schools, creating additional educational materials, brochures, displays etc.
- Field Work
Forest monitoring in order to find suitable tarsiers for our captive breeding programme, observation of wild individuals if needed.
Additionally you will be asked to help with our eco-tourism aktivity (the Night Safari) and livelihood development for local people.
Irregular working hours are required, which includes also night shifts. You will be working 6 days per week and have 1 day off per week for your own needs.
A preferred candidate should possess at least B.Sc. in Primatology, Zoology or related field. Previous experience in animal husbandry, especially with primates is highly desirable, knowledge of insects husbandry will be an asset. Candidates with previous experience of behavioural data collection will be preferred. You must be energetic, responsible, flexible and have a keen interest in primate behavior/sociobiology. You must be highly self-motivated to work in all conditions, especially nights and in forested areas, physically and mentally fit, independent, resourceful, and enjoy the challenge of working with a diverse group of people of different backgrounds as well as working alone in the night forest. Fieldwork can be tiring, frustrating, and both physically and mentally challenging. Applicants should be prepared to approach these challenges with enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
Our project site is in very remote location, so you must feel comfortable living at a very isolated field site location with limited cell phone, internet and power access. Optimism, sense of humour and patience will help. Candidates with experience living in developing countries will be favoured.
Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
While on the project site, accommodation will be provided and a basic allowance of 4,000 pesos per month will be given to cover food and basic daily needs. Flights, visa and insurance expenses are the responsibility of the volunteer and are not covered by the Project.
If you are interested, please send a CV with a photo , cover letter as well as declaration of the starting date and preferred duration of commitment to firstname.lastname@example.org and copy to email@example.com. Do not hesitate to contact us also for further information.
Filip Wojciechowski, Project Field Manager, Philippines