Internship

WE ARE HIRING!

 

The Sakaerat Conservation and Snake Education Team are a research group based in the Sakaerat Biosphere Reserve in northeast Thailand. We have primarily focused on the conservation of several snake species in the local area using community outreach approaches. Alongside this, we have been conducting research concerning the spatial ecology and natural history of snakes native to the area.

We are now approaching the sixth year of an intensive radio-telemetry study on king cobras in the area. We have already highlighted immediate conservation concerns to the species and learnt a substantial amount about the biology of this amazing species in northeast Thailand where they had otherwise been unstudied.

The current direction of the project is to uncover further spatial information about free-ranging king cobra ecology and to learn more about the nesting behaviour of these snakes; including oviposition site location, nest thermal ecology and risks to females during nesting seasons. To do this, we are continuing our radiotelemetry efforts in the area.

Position Responsibilities

Only applicants that can commit a minimum of 6 months to the project will be considered for the positions. Each intern will be responsible for one or two king cobras to radio-track in a day and 3 pinpoints will be done on each animal at 4 hour intervals between each successful pinpoint. Interns will be working in a team of 4 to 8 other interns at a time and will work closely with them to ensure that all snakes are pinpointed successfully each day. King cobras are far-ranging snakes and they move often, this results in snakes going missing frequently. Team work is very important in these situations where work will have to be picked up for other interns or help given to find missing snakes. Interns will occasionally have to assist with radio-tracking Burmese pythons in the village areas.

Alongside the radio-tracking commitments, interns will be required to assist with processing study-species when they are found. Furthermore, we are often called to remove snakes from the homes of local residents, therefore interns will be asked to also assist with these removals. Lastly, interns will be expected to assist with data management, including data cleaning and report writing.

The most dangerous part of the position is riding on the scooters supplied by the project. Interns will be required to drive these scooters to travel from the research station to snakes in the village areas, this includes driving on a busy highway. High visibility jackets and helmets are provided for all interns riding on the motorbikes.

Food and accommodation will be provided for all interns, however no other compensation can be offered for the position. This means that interns will need to cover the costs of flights, visas, and insurance. Feel free to email me with any questions concerning the position.

Qualifications

Applicant must:

  • Be 21 years or older
  • Have at least a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in the biological field

Desired qualifications:

  • Have prior field experience
  • Been a part of a long term research project
  • Have experience with independent and group work
  • Experience working with R

 

Please send a CV and cover letter addressed to Max Jones to sakaeratsnaketeam@gmail.com. Please include 2 references either in your CV or in the email.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and positions will be filled as soon as a suitable applicant is found. However, applications are encouraged at any time.

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