SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana seeks three undergraduate research assistants to assist in the collection of vital data on the biology and ecology of amphibians, as part of its Wewe River Amphibian Project (K-WRAP). The project is in collaboration with the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) Wildlife Department, and is funded by the UK-based Rufford Foundation. The project goes from June 2017 to April 2018. This is a volunteer position in which SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana will cover the successful applicant's project expenses. Collected data will also form part of successful applicants’ undergraduate thesis. Prior to taking up the position, a three-month training will be given on amphibian monitoring protocols including taxonomy, systematics and data collection.

Deadline for submission of application documents (refer to ‘How to apply’ section below) is 9th June 2017.

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Frog researchers from the SAVE THE FROGS! KNUST chapter.

Overview of Research Project
K-WRAP is an initiative by SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana KNUST launched in 2014 to promote ecological and social interventions to prevent local amphibian extinctions at KNUST Wewe River, one of southern Ghana’s largest watersheds. The Wewe River is home to 12 frog species, which are experiencing dramatic declines due to illegal farming activities, fuel-wood extraction, and inappropriate waste disposal into this river. The data we seek will therefore, inform conservation decisions, which will be crucial in reversing the current trend. As such, in addition to using traditional survey methods, we will mount automated acoustic monitoring gauges to help detect and monitor especially cryptic and endangered species and their habitat conditions. In this regard, we seek research assistants in the following two thematic research areas:

  1. A Tale of Two Amphibian Sampling Methods: Traditional Visual Encounter Surveying versus Bioacoustic Technology. A conservation research question of particular interest is: How effective is the traditional method of visual encounter surveys compared to bioacoustic technologies, in terms of capture rates, and recording of species richness and composition?
  2. Breeding Ecology of Wewe River Amphibian Community:
    1. When are the breeding seasons of resident amphibians?
    2. What are the specific breeding requirements of each species?
    3. Which habitat types are most preferred as oviposition sites?

Eligibility:
The applicant should:

    • Be an active member of any SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana university chapters.
    • Be proficient in English with good writing skills.
    • Be willing to work in remote areas and at odd hours of the day.
    • Have 30 hours per month to dedicate to the project.
    • Have excellent command of office software, such as word processors, spreadsheets, presentation tools etc.

HOW TO APPLY
Interested persons should please submit these documents to ghana@savethefrogs.com with Research Assistant Application in the subject line:

    • Curriculum Vitae (2-3 pages).
    • A three-paged research proposal (specific to one of the two thematic research areas listed above).
    • A reference letter from a Head of Department or a supervisor.

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