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Hiring Organization:
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Since its inception in 2001, the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) has been concerned with all aspects of Sumatran orangutan conservation. In order to achieve its ambitious goals, the SOCP strives to be a leading source of information regarding the behavioral ecology and distribution of this Critically Endangered primate. As such, the SOCP regularly conduct orangutan population surveys, in addition to managing numerous monitoring stations, where detailed behavioral and ecological data are currently being collected. Because Sumatran orangutans can be found in various tropical forest habitat types, SOCP maintains long-term monitoring stations in each of these habitat types, including, dry lowland forest (Sikundur, 2013-ongoing), wet peat swamp forest (Suaq Balimbing, 1994-1998, 2005-ongoing), and upland forest (Batang Toru, 2006-ongoing). The information obtained from the long-term work at these monitoring stations allows conservation biologists to better understand the habitat and behavioral variability of Sumatran orangutans, and as such, helps practitioners to make more informed decisions regarding their future conservation and management of the species.

We at SOCP are always looking for motivated researchers and volunteers to come to Indonesia and participate at one of our three long-term monitoring stations in the Sumatran provinces of Aceh and North Sumatra. We invite unsolicited field researchers and volunteers to contact the SOCP Biodiversity Monitoring Unit (BMU) at the email address given below. While we focus our monitoring activities on orangutans, we are always open to have researchers who are interested in other aspects of Sumatran flora and fauna.

Either engaged in a relevant degree program or holding a relevant degree.

Main Species Studied: Pongo abelii (Sumatran orangutan)

Other Species at the Site: Hylobates agilis (agile gibbon), Hylobates lar (white-handed gibbon), Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque), Macaca nemestrina (pig-tailed macaque), Nycticebus coucang (slow loris), Presbytis thomasi (Thomas? leaf monkey), Presbytis melalophos (mitred leaf monkey), Symphalangus syndactylus (Sumatran siamang), Trachypithecus cristatus (silvered leaf monkey)

Notes: Long-term behavioral (orangutan only), climatological (rainfall, relative humidity, and temperature), and phenological (flowers, leaves, and fruit) data are collected at each of our three monitoring stations.

Contact Information:
Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP)
c/o Yayasan Ekosistem Lestari; JL Wahid Hasyim No. 51/74
Medan, none 20154


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