Gelada Monkey Research in the Ethiopian Highlands

Hiring Organization:
Dr. Peter Fashing (California State University Fullerton) & Dr. Nga Nguyen (California State University Fullerton)

TWO field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, long-term field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. Field research assistants will participate in data collection during an intensive 13-month long field season as part of this study, now in its second decade. Assistant duties will include (but are not limited to) carrying out behavioral observations, fecal sample collection, and vegetation monitoring. Work will begin in mid-May 2018 and last until the end of June 2019. Applications will be accepted until both positions are filled.

Two field assistants are needed for a study of the behavior, ecology, and conservation of wild gelada monkeys (Theropithecus gelada) at a remote, semi-permanent field site in north-central Ethiopia called Guassa. The study is being carried out by Dr. Peter Fashing and Dr. Nga Nguyen, professors in the Anthropology Department and Environmental Studies Program at California State University Fullerton. The field assistants will be responsible for (a) collecting basic demographic and reproductive data as part of routine monitoring of the well-habituated study population, (b) conducting focal animal samples (c) recording GPS readings of gelada ranging locations, as well as (d) conducting vegetation monitoring and (e) walking census transects. The two field assistants will share a camp and research responsibilities while at Guassa.

The study area consists of 111km2 of hilly Afro-alpine grassland situated at 3,200-3,600 meters above sea level along the eastern edge of the Ethiopian highlands and affords spectacular views out over the Great Rift Valley nearly a mile below. A number of animals endemic to the Ethiopian highlands occur at Guassa including geladas, the critically endangered Ethiopian wolf (the world’s rarest canid), the blue-winged goose, and the thick-billed raven. Notable mammals not endemic to Ethiopia but also present at Guassa include hyenas, leopards, serval cats, and the recently discovered cryptic African wolf. The gelada population at Guassa has been studied on a near-daily basis since January 2007 and nearly all individuals in the main ~220-member study band are habituated to observers at distances of a few meters or less.

For more information on the project, please see the following website:

Applicants should have a B.S. or B.A. in Biology, Biological Anthropology, or a related field. Good physical fitness and a willingness to walk long distances (6-12 km) each day are essential to working at Guassa where the terrain is hilly, the air thin (due to the high elevation), and the geladas wide-ranging. Experience with winter camping and life in cold climates is preferred since the successful applicants will be living in (spacious) tents at a location where nights are sometimes below freezing (as low as 19ºF though 33-36ºF is more typical) and days are often chilly (45-60ºF) and windy (10-40 km/hour) as well. Our campsite is situated on an isolated patch of ecologically pristine alpine grassland far from human habitation and applicants must be highly self-sufficient (the nearest town, Mehal Meda, is 22 kilometers away from camp, we do not own a vehicle, and contact with other English-speakers is rare). Field assistants will live in a semi-permanent campsite with 2 Ethiopian staff members with limited English language skills. Prior travel and/or field experience in Africa or mountainous regions of Asia or South America preferred. Applicants must be fluent in English and eager to learn Amharic (the national language of Ethiopia).

After Guassa, former field research assistants have all (n=20) co-authored one or more peer-reviewed journal articles with us. Most have gone on to pursue graduate studies (Ph.D. and/or Master’s, including at Yale, Dartmouth, Penn State, Minnesota, Massachusetts-Amherst, Toronto, Saskatchewan, UC Santa Barbara, Oxford, UC London, and Georg-August [Göttingen], among others) or additional research opportunities in biological anthropology, animal behavior, or ecology. Several assistants have returned to Guassa to conduct graduate or postdoctoral research.

For an example of media coverage of a recent (February 2017) scientific paper (in the American Journal of Physical Anthropology) involving past and current Guassa Gelada Research Project assistants, please see…

Our research site was also recently featured in the April 2017 issue of National Geographic magazine. The article featured stunningly beautiful photographs of Guassa and its geladas made by Jeff Kerby, a former GGRP field assistant who subsequently earned his PhD at Penn State and is now a postdoctoral researcher at Dartmouth. For more details, please see…



Research assistants will be provided with basic accommodation, food and other basic supplies while at the field site. In addition, we will pay each assistant’s $1,000USD research fee (directly to the Ethiopian Wildlife Conservation Authority) for permission to conduct research in Ethiopia. However, applicants must pay their own international travel to Addis Ababa ($1,500-$2,000USD from the USA, less from Europe), including the cost of a tourist visa (~$70USD), and are responsible for any additional expenses incurred while traveling in Ethiopia, including travel to and from the field site and Addis every few months (to buy supplies, see a movie, etc.). Buses to Addis (300 km from Guassa or 6-8 bumpy hours travel) are inexpensive ($10 each way) and run almost daily from Mehal Meda. Camp is located a few miles walk from the road where you can catch the bus after a one or more hour wait. Luxury food items such as chocolates, cookies and canned tuna may be purchased in Addis at the volunteer’s expense. Our semi-permanent camp is remote but comfortable, with large walk-in tents with beds, solar electricity for the lights, a laptop computer, and small electronics, as well as mobile telephone service for international calls and calls within Ethiopia, and regular email service. Travel health insurance is strongly recommended; volunteers are required to acquire the necessary vaccinations prior to entry to Ethiopia. Volunteers are required to provide their own winter/alpine condition clothing, footwear and sleeping bag. Advice about what items are necessary for life at Guassa can be provided upon request. 

13 months beginning mid-May 2018 and ending late June 2019. Because the training process requires approximately 2 months, assistants must be willing to work for a minimum of 13-months. We work in teams of twos and each researcher typically spends two to three days in the field with the geladas and one day at camp helping with camp chores and data entry and checking (we download and proof each day’s data onto the camp computer at the end of each field day). We expect successful applicants to be keen observers and diligent and conscientious students of animal behavior. Volunteers must be willing to work in a small team setting and have demonstrated a willingness to follow instructions/protocols closely in the past. We expect detailed updates from the field at least twice each week by email to keep us updated on conditions/progress in the field.

Positions will remain open until filled. 

To apply, please submit (1) a letter of interest stating how and why this position satisfies your interest and future educational or career goals, explaining your suitability for this project, plus a time frame during which you are available to work, (2) a CV or resumé detailing relevant experience, (3) a summary of college courses taken and the grades received, to be followed later by an official transcript, and (4) contact information for at least two references, preferably at least one academic reference as well as one person who has worked closely with you or who has closely supervised your work. The subject heading of the email message should read: “Application for field research position”. Please email the application materials to Dr. Peter Fashing at 

Contact Information:
Peter Fashing, Ph.D.
Dept. of Anthropology
California State University, Fullerton
800 N. State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92834-6846
Phone: 657-278-3977



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Lab Manager, Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University

We are seeking a Lab Manager for the Salmon Watersheds Lab. This dynamic position provides a great opportunity to gain experience in the management of a large research program, knowledge of ecological research methodology, and technical and administrative expertise.

An ideal applicant for this position is an individual who is well organized, communicates and collaborates effectively at the group and individual level, and values participation in ecological research. Applicants should possess a keen interest in ecology and conservation and have some experience in research and familiarity with a range of freshwater methods in the lab and the field. The principle duties of the position are administration and coordination of the lab; other tasks may include laboratory analyses, field work, data management, supervision, and assisting lab members. There is also opportunity for involvement in independent research and publications. This is a great opportunity to gain valuable experience with the day-to-day operations of running a lab. A successful applicant should be adaptable and capable of learning new skills and addressing new challenges.

Approximate start date: early April 2018
Appointment: Full time (35 hr/week), salary commensurate with experience
Appointment length: 1-year term with possibility of extension.
Location: Salmon Watersheds Lab, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC

Information about the position and how to apply can be found at: or email


Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) Coordinator

The Global Sharks and Rays Initiative (GSRI) is an organizational partnership established to implement a ten-year collaborative global conservation strategy for sharks and rays. The GSRI and global strategy were launched in February 2016. The GSRI Core Partner Team (CPT) currently comprises the following organizations, all of whom have committed to collaborate to implement the global strategy over the full ten-year term: Shark Advocates International, Shark Trust, TRAFFIC, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF). The co-chairs of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Shark Specialist Group, serving as technical advisors, are also members of the CPT. The GSRI aims to be inclusive and to partner with all agencies, organizations, and institutions committed to its shared vision and goal and to collaborating in implementing the GSRI global strategy.

The position

The major tasks of the coordinator will be:

  • Lead in the organization of GSRI CPT regular calls and meetings, including preparation, agenda-setting, producing records of meetings and follow-up, and driving decisions on action points;
  • Facilitate the organization and conduct of GSRI annual meeting, including preparing meeting materials, developing agendas, assigning tasks to participants, including to prepare and finalize the record of the meeting;
  • Set indicators and targets and establishing/updating systems to monitor progress against indicators and targets;
  • Maintain oversight of the progress of joint GSRI projects, working closely with relevant institutional grants manager (WCS or other) to ensure timely and full delivery of all donor commitments;
  • Serve as focal point for requests from organizations interested in partnering with the GSRI;
  • Other services as agreed by the Core Partner Team.

Required experience

  • Excellent written and spoken English. A second world language would be viewed favorably, but is not essential.
  • Excellent organizational and project management skills as well as attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated ability to handle multiple and diverse work streams simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and adept at managing conflict and driving collaborative decision-making coupled with strong interpersonal skills.
  • Proven capacity for strategic planning.
  • Experience with The Open Standards for the Practice of Conservation and Miradi software a plus (desirable).

Duration: One-year contract, with the possibility of renewal

Location: Flexible globally. However, the Coordinator must be available for conference calls and meetings that connect a global network of experts and NGO representatives. This will regularly require working outside of 9AM to 5PM working hours. International travel is required. Travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Contractual Arrangement: The position will be contracted as an independent consultant by the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) on behalf of the GSRI. The number of hours per week required to perform the services will fluctuate, but is expected to be approximately 20 hours per week. The GSRI Coordinator will function as an independent contractor, not a staff member of WCS or any of the GSRI Core Partner Team organizations. The consultant will be paid on an hourly basis. Payments to the consultant will be made, based on submission of invoices and deliverables, without deductions for income taxes or social security and no benefits will be provided. A 1099 form will be provided.

How to apply: If interested in this consultancy, please submit a cover letter and CV to Sofia Sainz, at, with the subject line: GSRI Coordinator. Preference will be given to applications submitted by March 16th, but the position will remain open until filled.


Weston Family Senior Scientist, Nature Conservancy of Canada

With the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation, the Nature Conservancy of Canada is hiring a new, full-time senior scientist.

The Weston Family Senior Scientist, a recognized leader in applied conservation research in Canada, will develop and lead an integrated program of scientific research, thought leadership and outreach, and conservation planning and information that is strategically aligned with NCC’s mission and conservation work. The senior scientist will:

  • Undertake and publish original research in one of three priority areas (recovery of species at risk, management of pernicious invasive species or retaining and re-establishing natural habitat connections through settled and working landscapes);
  • Develop, oversee and manage the success of the Weston Family Conservation Science Fellows program for post-graduate students;
  • Help coordinate NCC’s many scientific and conservation planning initiatives;
  • Represent NCC and its science program to a variety of audiences, from scientists and funders to partners and communities.

For more detailed information and application instructions, please visit


The deadline for applications is April 6th, 2018.

The Nature Conservancy of Canada is the nation’s leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain.

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Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society – Executive Coordinator Job Description

The Canadian Section of The Wildlife Society (CSTWS) is part of The Wildlife Society, an international professional organization that promotes principled approaches to wildlife management. Our Mission Statement is to foster excellence in wildlife stewardship in Canada, through science and education. Members are drawn from provincial, territorial and federal governments, universities and colleges, environmental and wildlife conservation groups, resource industries, Indigenous communities and the general public. The Section works with its regional Chapters, TWS and other organizations to encourage informed resource management and policy development.

The Executive Coordinator (EC) is a new position that will assist CSTWS in building and maintaining a science-based program that supports land and wildlife conservation and management in Canada. The Executive Coordinator over the long-term will help implement several strategic initiatives identified by the CSTWS Executive Committee, with the broad goal of raising the profile and exposure of the CSTWS across Canada. This position is intended to become an on-going, part-time position that promotes strategic initiatives of CSTWS, working in coordination with the Section Executive Committee and its various Standing Committees, as well as wildlife and natural resource organizations across Canada. The incumbent Coordinator will provide innovative and collaborative leadership, to promote and expand the Section’s efforts across Canada.

In the first year of the position, key tasks will include developing revenue streams to sustain this position, increasing membership services such as training opportunities, and initiate efforts in expanding conservation networking. These tasks will position CSTWS to implement future strategic initiatives. Discussions of the new Strategic Plan to guide CSTWS will be part of a planning session at the Annual General Meeting in March 2018. The Executive Coordinator will report to the President of CSTWS, and will be expected to support the Executive Committee in designated operations, which will not exceed 15% of the time commitment.

Candidate Qualifications and Experience:

  • A university degree or college diploma in wildlife conservation or management, natural resource management, or related environmental fields.
  • Preference will be given to candidates with direct experience with Canadian governance systems relative to environmental legislation, policy and funding, familiarity with Canadian NGOs and professional wildlife organizations, and wildlife conservation issues across Canada.
  • A demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and foster team-based initiatives to further strategic initiatives.
  • A self-starter that welcomes the challenge of promoting conservation, and communicating with a diverse range of environmental professionals and the public.

Key position activities:

  • Help develop sustainable revenue streams to support the Executive Coordinator Position on an ongoing basis. This could include development of professional workshops or other training, or through grants.
  • Work with the various Canadian organizations involved in wildlife conservation and management to increase awareness of CSTWS, and to identify key national conservation issues.
  • Network with CSTWS Working Committees (e.g., Conservation Affairs Committee and the Membership Committee) to support their roles in responding to emerging conservation issues, promoting sound conservation science and providing professional development opportunities.
  • Coordinate and/or develop other strategic initiatives identified at the 2018 AGM, Strategic Planning Session.


The Executive Coordinator will be contracted initially on a 1-year term starting in March 2018, with the option to renew for subsequent years, pending successful development of a sustainable funding stream. This start date coincides with the CSTWS Annual General Meeting in Winnipeg in mid-March 2018), at which the new Strategic Plan will be discussed, as well as other operational issues. The meeting is the first opportunity to meet key contacts within CSTWS, and gain an understanding of membership, existing organizational structure, and strategic direction.


The Executive Coordination will be hired under a contract for part-time work averaging 20 hours per week, with remuneration of $35,000 – 40,000 (CAD) per annum payable in monthly instalments. Salary will be commensurate with experience. Pre-approved expenses will be covered separately.

Position Location:

The geographic location of the Executive Coordinator is flexible within Canada and may change over time. The Executive Coordinator is expected to work from a home office unless otherwise determined by the CSTWS Executive.


Travel to meetings or conferences may be required throughout the term of the Executive Coordinator.


To be considered for this position, interested candidates must submit their résumé or curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a cover letter stating why they should be considered.  Applications must be submitted electronically to by January 15, 2018.


Senior Forest Biologist/Ecologist, Canadian Programs, National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI)


National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, Inc. (NCASI) is an independent, nonprofit, member-driven research institute that seeks to create credible scientific information required to address the environmental information needs of the forest products industry in North America. NCASI is seeking an experienced professional to undertake and direct research investigations related to forest sustainability issues in Canada.

The Senior Forest Biologist/Ecologist, Canadian Programs is responsible for developing, coordinating, executing, and reporting forestry-related studies identified within or related to NCASI’s Canadian Technical Studies Program on a wide variety of forest environment and sustainability issues. This position will involve significant interaction with NCASI’s forestry staff and field personnel, NCASI member company representatives, industry trade associations, universities, and governments at the provincial and national level.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in forest wildlife biology, forest ecology, or closely related field, preferably with post-doctoral experience in forestry research and/or management; or a Masters degree in forest wildlife biology, forest ecology, or closely related field with a minimum of 5 years experience, preferably with emphasis on sustainability issues. Ph.D. strongly preferred. Familiarity with the theory and principles of silviculture, forest ecology, and wildlife biology, as well as related regulations (on both a provincial and federal level) is preferred. Excellent project management and communication skills are required. Applicants must be fluent in English, particularly in written form, and ideally have capability of communicating in French.

The position will be based at NCASI’s Canadian Operations in Montreal, Quebec. Some travel will be required.

To apply for this position, please submit your resumé to:
Kirsten Vice Vice President, Sustainable Manufacturing & Canadian Operations
1010 Sherbrooke St. West
Suite 1800
Montreal, QC H3A 2R7

Review of applications will begin on January 14, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

NCASI is an independent, non-profit, member-driven research institute that seeks to create credible scientific information required to address the environmental information needs of the forest products industry in North America. Established in 1943, NCASI is recognized as the leading source of reliable data on environmental issues affecting this industry, and has nearly 100 member companies throughout Canada and the United States. With a staff of 60 technical professionals, NCASI conducts primary research, undertakes surveys, performs field measurements, undertakes scientific research, and sponsors research by universities and others to document the environmental performance of industry facility operations and forest management, and to gain insight into opportunities for further improvement in meeting sustainability goals. NCASI is an equal opportunity employer.


Executive Director, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

The University of Windsor invites outstanding candidates to apply for the position of Executive Director at the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER).

GLIER is a research institute with an active and vibrant graduate program and diverse externally funded research programs within the Faculty of Science. It is a multi-disciplinary group that brings together researchers from Biology, Engineering, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Sociology, and Earth and Environmental Sciences to advance Great Lakes science and the sustained environmental efficacy of aquatic freshwater resources world-wide.

Reporting jointly to the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and the Dean of Science, the Executive Director will provide leadership in developing collaborative research programs and capacity for studies of Great Lakes ecosystems. The Executive Director will have exceptional administrative, communication, and fund-raising skills. A seasoned academic and researcher, the Executive Director will bring a track-record of success in having well-funded research programs. The Executive Director will support the GLIER graduate program and research facilities and will administer GLIER’s state-of-the-art trace organics and metals, environmental isotopes, applied molecular genetics and genomics, toxicology, GIS, analytical and aquatic geochemistry, and ESEM laboratories.

As the ideal candidate, you have a PhD and an exceptional record of scholarly activity in environmental research, particularly linked to aquatic science, and outstanding skills in facilitating basic and applied research. You are able to clearly articulate your vision and strategic plan for the further advancement of GLIER. In addition, you have the demonstrated ability to work collegially and communicate effectively within GLIER, the University community, external partners, and funding agencies. The initial appointment is for five years with a possible renewal for a second five-year term.

If you’re interested in this opportunity, please contact Katherine Frank or Nikki Mifflen at 902-421-1310 for more information, or submit your application online at:

The University of Windsor is a comprehensive research and teaching institution with more than 15,500 students. We are a welcoming community committed to equity and diversity in our teaching, learning, and work environments. In pursuit of the University’s Employment Equity Plan, members from the designated groups (Women, Aboriginal Peoples, Visible Minorities, Persons with Disabilities, and Sexual Minorities) are encouraged to apply and to self-identify.

If you need an accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette. Should you require further information on accommodation, please visit the website of the Office of Human Rights, Equity & Accessibility (OHREA) at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.