Volunteers needed as field assistants for the project:
Evolution and Socio-Ecology of small Mammals in the Succulent Karoo of South
>From May 2010 onwards, but especially for July/August to December 2010
Opportunity: This is a great opportunity for anybody who wants to get more
experience in field work relating to evolution, ecology and behavior before
starting an MsC or PhD project.
Project: We study the evolutionary and ecological reasons as well as
physiological mechanisms of group living, paternal care, communal nesting
and social flexibility in the striped mouse. As this species is diurnal and
the habitat is open, direct behavioral observations in the field are
What kind of people are needed? Biology/zoology/veterinary students are
preferred as candidates. Applicants must have an interest in working in the
field and with animals. Hard working conditions will await applicants, as
the study species gets up with sunrise (between 5 and 6 o` clock), and stops
its activity with dusk (19 o` clock). Work during nights might also be
necessary. Work in the field will be done for 5 days a week. Applicants must
be able to manage extreme temperatures (below 0 at night in winter,
sometimes over 40?C during summer days). Applicants must both be prepared to
live for long periods in the loneliness of the field and to be part of a
small social group.
Work of field assistants: Trapping, marking and radio-tracking of striped
mice; direct behavioral observations in the field. Volunteers are also
expected to help with maintenance of the research station (water pump, solar
Confirmation letter: Students get a letter of confirmation about their work
and can prepare a report of their own small project to get credit points
from their university for their bachelor or masters studies.
Costs: Students have to arrange their transport to the field site
themselves. Per month, an amount of Rand 1000 (around 100 Euro) must be paid
for accommodation at the research station. For students with their own
undergraduate project, a fee of Rand 1250 (approx. 120 Euro) per month
applies. Students must buy their own food etc in Springbok (costs of about R
2000 or 200 Euro/month). Including extras, you should expect costs of about
300 - 400 Euros per month. Students get an invitation letter which they can
use to apply for funding in their home country (eg. DAAD in Germany, SANW in
Place: The field site is in the Goegap Nature Reserve near Springbok in the
North-West of South Africa. The vegetation consists of Succulent Karoo,
which has been recognized as one of 25 hotspots of biodiversity. It is a
desert to semi-desert with rain mainly in winter (June to September).
When and how long: At the moment we are looking for volunteers to start in
May 2010 and especially for the period July / August to December 2010. The
volunteer project is ongoing, i.e. positions will also be available in 2011.
Volunteers are expected to stay at least 2 months, but longer periods of up
to 6months are preferred.
How to apply? Send a short motivation letter stating why and for which
period you are interested and your CV via email to
More information under <http://www.stripedmouse.com/> www.stripedmouse.com
Contact via e-mail: email@example.com