Loango Gorilla Project - Assistant Project Manager

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May 14, 2024, 7:25:02 AMMay 14
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Loango Gorilla Project, Gabon – Assistant Project Manager Position


Hiring Organization:  Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany

The Loango Gorilla Project is seeking to hire an assistant project manager for in Loango National Park, Gabon. The goal of this long-term project, started in 2005, is to study western gorillas to better understand their behavioral ecology, social behavior, and population dynamics. We work closely with the Gabonese National Park Service. We routinely collect data from one group of habituated gorillas and habituation of a second group is well underway. The assistant project manager is responsible for overseeing the data collection and management at the project and ensuring it is kept to a high standard. The assistant manager is required to spend significant time in the field collecting data and to be familiar with all data collection protocols.  

Specific duties include, but are not limited to:  Data collection in field, responsible for checking quality of data collected by guides and assistants, oversee data input and management, assist in training new staff in data collection protocols and data management, development and implementation of innovative activities and trainings to build the capacity of the staff at the project, and assist in the production of monthly and annual reports for the Gabonese National Park service (ANPN) The assistant manager will also help the project manager with other aspects of the day-to-day management of the project, including shopping for supplies, organizing transportation of staff, and running errands in Libreville and Port Gentil when necessary.

The assistant project manager will be based in Loango National Park.  The project operates out of the Yatouga Camp, which has only basic amenities:  no running water, solar power only, etc. (there is not-bad internet and good phone network).  Trips to Port Gentil (full day travel) are likely to be roughly once every two months. All staff live in the camp and we eat dinner together every night. Everyone must be willing to work together as a team and be willing and interested to live in a multicultural, communal work/living setting. Time spent in the forest with the gorillas depends on needs to manage everything else.  Loango is a lowland forest that contains many swamps (which we walk through nearly daily) and a wide array of wildlife including forest elephants (which we encounter nearly daily). The field conditions are challenging.

The candidate must be fluent in French and English. One year minimum experience working in Africa is expected.  A minimum of a BSc degree and preferably an MSc degree in biology, anthropology, or related field would be optimal. The person must be good at managing people, working in a multicultural setting, organizing logistics, have experience with data management (including handheld data collection methods), good communication skills, and dealing with unexpected, sometimes frustrating, circumstances. The person must be willing to make a one year commitment, with an eye for two years or more in the position.  Patience, flexibility, and being organized are a plus. The person should not have expectations of only spending time in the forest observing gorillas. A scientific background and interest in ensuring that data collection is running smoothly is an asset. Being comfortable living in a communal forest camp and being physically fit enough for forest work are also beneficial qualifications.


700 euros per month.
One round trip airfare to Gabon per year, basic health insurance, internal travel costs, accommodation (small wooden hut), and basic food are provided. If you want anything special you need to purchase it yourself. You will be required to have basic health insurance that also covers emergency repatriation and liability. You also must have vaccinations for measles, yellow fever, TB, hepatitis A and B, polio, and meningitis (cost of vaccinations are not paid by the project).

Term of Appointment:
1 year, starting sometime in July 2024.

Application Deadline:
June 1, 2024. Applications will be reviewed as they arrive so don’t wait to the last minute to apply.

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV, and names of 3 references to
If you do not hear from me by June 15, 2024, please assume that you are not being considered for the position.

Contact Information:
Martha Robbins

Deutscher Platz 6
Leipzig 04013



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