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  • This is how the typical field assistantship opportunity sounds like (I'm copying-pasting from an actual one):

    The study area comprises a primary forest (...) at an elevation of 300-1,300m asl (monsoon climate with cold winters). In addition to 8 primate species, the area harbors e.g., elephants, gaurs, 2 bear species, 8 cat species (including tigers), wild dogs, jackals, snakes (including cobras) and plenty of leeches, mosquitoes, spiders, and ticks.

    The work in the forest is demanding (particularly during the rainy season) and field worker rather regularly encounter elephants, forest bisons, bears, packs of wild dogs, snakes, etc. Applicants should be physically fit, self-reliant, and feel comfortable under the conditions described. The ability to ride a motorbike and a car with stick-shift is essential. Applicants should have a BS or BA (Biology, Physical Anthropology or related field) and prior research experience (preferably in Asia). Applicants must be willing to learn the Thai language.


    No salary.

    Term of Appointment:

    13 months.

    Applications should include an application letter, CV/résumé, as well as names, phone numbers and e-mails of 2 references.

    September 23, 2008

  • That totally sounds badass though. Motorbiking through the jungles in a foreign country, fighting off packs of wild dogs and tigers, sucking venom out of snake bites, all for zero pay.

    September 26, 2008

  • And with a minimum term of appointment of 13 months!

    September 26, 2008