Volunteer – Bonobo Team Leader in Congo

Deadline: 17 December 2015
Open to: candidates with undergraduate degree or Masters in Primatology
Benefits: costs for accommodation, monthly allowance USD 200, visa and travel costs


The Bonobo Conservation Project of WWF Congo in the Lac Tumba Landscape (western Congo) is looking for a long term volunteer (at least 6 months) to support their research and ecotourism activities with two groups of habituated bonobos (since 2006). A team of local trackers are following these groups on a daily basis.

The volunteer will be responsible for the supervision of one team (9 local workers on rotation), which includes work plan development, conflict management and mitigation, regular days working in the forest to monitor their work, data entry and analysis and report writing, monthly payments and training on data collection.


  • A  undergraduate degree or Masters in Primatology or a related subject;
  • GPS and GIS skills;
  • Team player and intercultural competency;
  • Ability to deal with basic living conditions in a remote place;
  • Resistance to social/psychological stress;
  • High interest in conservation;
  • At least basic French is essential as the trackers do not speak English. Lingala would be a bonus;
  • Experiences with ecotourism projects would be an asset;
  • Experience working with habituated great apes would be an asset;
  • Work experience in Central Africa would be an asset;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, during weekends and long hours during the day;
  • Physically fit enough to walk long distances in difficult conditions.


  • Accommodation will be provided at the field station (internet and electricity are available but no phone reception) and in the village;
  • Basic meals (rice, beans, manioc etc) will be provided when in the field;
  • Monthly allowance of USD 200;
  • Visa costs will be covered;
  • Travel costs in country to the field site on arrival and at the end of the contract, and to/from the forest will be covered;
  • Oversea travel cost (up to USD 800) will be reimbursed if the volunteer stays for at least 6 months;
  • It is the responsibility of the volunteer to arrange their own health and travel insurance cover, including full medical insurance (note that the base is very remote and there is no easy access to medical assistance).

How to apply?

To apply please submit your application in either English or French, including covering letter and CV, via email, with the subject heading Bonobo Team Leader_your name to: recruit-wwfdrc@wwfdrc.org. The application deadline is 17 December 2015.

For more information please visit the official website.

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