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OFI Intern

Hiring Organization:
Orangutan Foundation International

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Dr. Galdikas is a well-known primatologist specializing in orangutan research who has devoted the last thirty-eight years to the study and protection of wild orangutans. As the President of Orangutan Foundation International, she is responsible for 220 Indonesian employees, 350 orphan orangutans, 6,000 wild orangutans, and 1,800 square miles of protected forest. The administrative offices of OFI are in Los Angeles, where a full-time Administrative Director and a part-time bookkeeper are employed. In addition to her work with OFI, Dr. Galdikas teaches part time at Simon Fraser University. She is also a writer, with the need to finish work on her next project.

Opportunity: Dr. Galdikas is a famous person whose story and talents can be better leveraged to fulfill her mission, which is to preserve wild orangutans and their habitat in Borneo. The role of the assistant would be to help manage her communications with all stakeholders. These stakeholders include, but are not limited to:

* Funders: Identifying new funding sources, collaborating with Dr. Galdikas on grant requests, letters to potential donors, fulfilling donor reporting requirements, analyzing data and writing research reports.
* Volunteers: Many people across the world are attracted to the OFI cause and Dr. Galdikas' work. Planning to leverage the talents of this far-flung free workforce, disseminating information to them so that they can be of assistance, and providing them with Dr. Galdikas' feedback and guidance is a challenge.
* Public Relations: Dr. Galdikas has many opportunities to educate the public about her cause and to augment her community of supporters by appearing in the media, including web 2.0 communication such as her blog, Facebook, newsletters, online articles, newspapers, and books as well as videos and film. (The film rights to her book, Reflections of Eden, are currently available.)
* Activism and Influencing Public Policy: The plight of the wild orangutans and their rain forest home in Indonesia is extremely grave. The UN says that by 2020, the rain forest in Indonesia will be 98% destroyed and orangutans will be extinct in the wild. Dr. Galdikas can use her network of contacts and her stature as an conservation expert to reach out to government officials, corporations, and other NGOs to promote rain forest preservation.

In order to help Dr. Galdikas manage the many demands on her time, the OFI Intern maintains close contact with Dr. Galdikas on a daily basis to share her workload. As the primary liaison with Dr. Galdikas, the OFI Intern communicates with other stakeholders and helps them to get the information that they need so that they can continue to do their work on behalf of OFI.

Critical Success Factors:
The successful candidate for this position will have the following attributes:

* Passion for orangutans and rain forest conservation
* Strong loyalty to Dr. Galdikas based on respect for her achievements and perseverance
* Dedication to the mission of saving orangutans coupled with a will to seek out opportunities and to pursue them.
* Ability to pursue many projects in parallel, to keep all tasks organized, and to help all participants stay on a timeline.
* Excellent writing skills, and the desire to write all of the emails, correspondence, research papers, reports, and articles required to advance Dr. Galdikas' cause
* Enjoy working with people, ability to be diplomatic.

The Assistant to Dr. Galdikas will receive a stipend of $5,000 per annum. Apart from food expenses while in North America, all other expenses -- including frequent air travel -- will be covered. No health insurance or other benefits are available.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Since lodging is frequently with Dr. Galdikas, female candidates are strongly preferred.

The following documents are required from all volunteers prior to departure:

* Proof of vaccinations
* A health certificate from a doctor
* Negative tests results from the following diseases:
o Hepatitis
o Tuberculosis
* Proof of medical insurance
* Proof of travel abroad insurance
* Signed work contract
* Signed confidentiality agreement

Term of Appointment:
1 to 2 years

Application Deadline:
Fall 2014

To apply, please follow these steps:

1. All applicants must be members in good standing of OFI. To join OFI, please visit: The fee is $35 for a student or senior membership.
2. Download and fill out the Long-term volunteer application form here:
4. Submit the following documents to

-Proof of OFI membership

-Cover letter


-Two references

You will receive a return reply from one of our volunteer coordinators within one week. Please note that all of our volunteer coordinators are themselves volunteers, so please be patient if there is an occasional communications delay.

Contact Information:
Sarah Whitaker
824 South Wellesley Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90049

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