Seeking volunteer research assistants – come to Peru!

In case following along on the blog isn’t enough for you, I am accepting applications for volunteer research assistants for my project about climate change and amphibians in the remote Peruvian Andes.We will conduct field research to understand the effects of climate change on aquatic communities in newly created wetlands. We will hike through some of the most beautiful scenery on Earth, but this is not for the faint of heart or lung. We will be working in a very high-elevation (and therefore physically challenging) field site. Field work will involve hiking at 5000+ meters above sea level on unconsolidated glacial moraines, and conducting surveys for tadpoles and adult frogs in glacial melt ponds. Volunteers will be trained in many skills related to identification and sampling of amphibians, measuring environmental variables, and using common scientific equipment (e.g., GPS, dataloggers, time-lapse cameras, calipers).Monthly field expeditions will consist of 4 days prep work and altitude acclimatization in Cusco, Peru (also possible to visit Machu Picchu during acclimatization); 3-4 days travel through some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world into the field site; 10-14 days at the field site.Non-Peruvian volunteers will need to cover their own costs while working on the project: air/ground travel to Cusco, Peru; living costs in Cusco, Peru. In addition, students/recent graduates will pay a subsidized portion of their expedition costs. Equipment required during the expedition will be provided.  For current undergraduates looking for a research internship and recent graduates looking forward to research jobs or graduate school, the skills you learn will benefit your future career, and at the end of your time you’ll take skills and incredibly valuable experience with you to profit from them elsewhere.

Applicants must be at least 20 years old, have travel insurance, have a strong interest in biology, conservation, and/or environmental science, be physically fit, and be able to work well with others under difficult conditions. A good sense of purpose and humor are also required. Volunteers with backcountry experience are preferred. Knowledge of Spanish is recommended but not required.

Students and recent graduates: To apply, please send a cover letter explaining your interest in the project and relevant experience (including outdoors experience – maximum of 2 pages), resume, and contact information for 3 references. Please send an email with any questions or for additional information.

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