Field assistant wanted!
For a project looking at the environmental, socio-economic and health implications of harvesting edible caterpillars in West Africa
- Southwestern Burkina Faso, West Africa. (45km from Bobo-Dioulasso)
- Minimum 3 weeks; maximum 3 months.
- Between June 1st – September 31st
- I’ll cover all your board and accommodation once you reach the field site.
- Flights, visa, vaccinations and insurance will be your main costs. I can’t pay these for you, but I’ll do my best to help you find and apply for funds to cover these expenses.
There won’t be a ‘typical’ day, but activities will include:
- Monitoring tree defoliation
- Monitoring caterpillar presence/absence on trees
- Accompanying women and children when collecting caterpillars
- Collecting insect samples
- Assisting with interviews (recording responses)
- Bird surveys (accompanying expert and recording observations)
You’ll be given training for everything you’re asked to do.
- Physically fit and able to ride a bike
- Open-minded and interested in agriculture, conservation, livelihoods, ecology and edible insects.
- Happy to live in a tropical climate and with fairly basic conditions (no running water; all electricity solar powered; 5km from nearest tarmac road)
- Enthusiastic about scientific research
- Completed/enrolled in an undergraduate degree course
- Comfortable with travelling to an FCO-designated 'orange' zone and able to get appropriate insurance (this should be possible through your university)
- Prior field experience in a tropical country
- Prior experience with field techniques: Bird surveys; insect sampling; semi-structured interviews.
- French language ability
- Prior experience using GPS/GIS
- Motivated to collect data for own research project
- If you would like to do your own research project while you’re here, that’d be great - please let me know, and we can discuss possibilities.
- If you’d like to contribute to a scientific publication as part of your time here, that’s great too. Again, please let me know, and I’ll explain a bit more about what that would involve.
How to apply:
Please send me your CV and (~500words each) answers to the following questions, by March 11th:
- Why do you want to work as a research assistant studying edible caterpillars in Burkina Faso?
- Why do you think you’ll be good at it? (describe your previous experience, etc)
- If you’d also like to do your own research project, please tell me a bit about it.
I’ll contact you for an interview (via Skype or in person) during March.
Meanwhile, please be in touch with me directly if you’ve any questions. I'd love to hear from you.