Assessing plant species assemblages under differing herbivore stress. The project location is Hoedspruit, South Africa, near the Kruger National Park and will look at three exclusion zones:
1. No large herbivores: two areas – both with significant disturbance in the last 12 months. One area 30m x 40m and one 60m x 30m
2. Predominantly grazers (hippo and cattle): two areas – one with significant disturbance in the last 12 months, one without. Both areas are upward of 10,000m2.
3. Predominantly browsers (impala and giraffe): two areas – one with significant disturbance, one without. Both areas are upward of 10,000m2.
Candidates will need to have strong botanical identification skills, the ability to supervise students who will assist with data collection for eight hours a week and excellent report writing ability.
This project will be hosted at Purposefully Lost’s Conservation Dog Handling Facility which specialises in training conservation scent detection dogs – all candidates must therefore be comfortable around working dogs.
To apply please submit a CV and a cover letter in the first instance. Candidates will receive free accommodation and a monthly stipend to assist with food costs.