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Project Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Orangutan Health Project

Date Posted:

Position Description:
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.

Possible Responsibilities:

Organising and supervising short-term volunteers

Email correspondence for project

Coordinating with referral organisations

Data entry

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.

University graduate

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

Support 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

Application Deadline:
Ongoing recruitment

Please see our website for more information, or find us on Facebook. We are very much in need of Project Assistants to start in September or October this year, any applicants who can commit to start soon will be given priority but people wanting to come later this year or in 2014 are welcome to apply, as the positions are ongoing.

Contact Information:
Louise More
c/o YLI, Jl. Bioteknologi, Kampus USU
Medan 20155

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