Project Assistant- Orangutan Health Project
Orangutan Health Project
The Orangutan Health Project (OHP) is located in North Sumatra, Indonesia and investigates the special behaviours and ecological conditions necessary for the maintenance of health in wild orangutans, using parasitic infections as a measure of this health. As a Project Assistant you will work under the supervision of the Project Coordinator/Manager and assist in all aspects of the project's work. The procedure is to come as a paying volunteer for the first 3 weeks. This initial period gives you a chance to see how you feel about the project and your responsibilities, and equally important, it allows you and the Project Coordinator to assess your working relationship. If you and they decide that you should stay on, then there will be no extra charge for the rest of your six-month stay.
Organising and supervising short-term volunteers
Email correspondence for project
Coordinating with referral organisations
Specimen collection (faecal samples, herbariums), preparation of sample bottles; other related research tasks as needed
Assistance with grant writing as needed
Assisting Project Coordinator or Project Assistants with any tasks as needed
Possible forest trekking and observation of wild orangutans in the jungle with staff and volunteers, including overnight camping for several days.
Important Note: the opportunity for trekking and orangutan observation is not guaranteed; it is totally dependent on the needs of the project at the time (i.e. the number of staff required, weather, the physical fitness of the assistant, etc.). Also note: there is no physical contact with orangutans.
Good problem-solving skills and ability to take the initiative
Outgoing personality, patience, flexibility and a sense of humour!
Ability to live under basic conditions with limited amenities
Openness to, and acceptance of, non-Western ideas and cultures
Fluency in English language
Basic computer skills (Outlook, Word, Excel)
Leadership skills are an advantage
Participation fee payable by volunteer = US $950
provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
You will be asked to make a contribution to the project to cover costs incurred by you at the project as well as a donation to the project's research. While employed you will receive accommodation, three meals a day, drinking water and all transport costs associated with the work.
Term of Appointment:
Contract Duration: Six Months. Immediate start
We are looking for a Project Assistant to begin ASAP. Please see our website for more information, or find us on Facebook. Any applicants who can commit to start within this time frame will be given priority. Applications for all availabilities are welcomed as positions are ongoing. A great opportunity for the right person!
c/o YLI, Jl. Bioteknologi, Kampus USU
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