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Borneo Nature Foundation-Sabangau Field Course 2018

Hiring Organization:
Borneo Nature Foundation

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Borneo Nature Foundation (BNF) is a not-for-profit conservation and research organisation. We work to protect some of the most important areas of tropical rainforest in Borneo, safeguard the biodiversity that is found there and help to preserve the indigenous culture of the region.In the Sabangau Forest we monitor the behaviour, distribution, density and ecology of orangutans, gibbons and red langur monkeys; survey biodiversity; and monitor changes in forest structure, productivity, regeneration and disturbance in the different peat-swamp forest habitat-types.

With almost twenty years of research experience working within the Sabangau forest, BNF is supported by both international and local scientific experts to share their knowledge about primates, mammals, botany, ecology, research, biodiversity, conservation and education with prospective students during this field course. We have trained over 280 volunteers, 60 research students and 15 interns in a wide range of conservation biology topics since the organisation was established. We continue to focus on capacity building at both the international and local level, and hope to share our expertise to equip students with the tools they need to develop their own research and conservation initiatives through these field courses.

We have two primary field studies. The first is to understand peat-swamp ecology, with a special focus on the density and distribution of orangutans and gibbons. The second study is to assess changes in habitat condition and determine the impact of our conservation activities on both habitat conditions and biodiversity. Each of these two studies is undertaken at our main site and at satellite camps. As we proceed, you'll learn about habitat and biodiversity monitoring techniques, as well as a range of forest skills, basic data analysis techniques and participate in discussions related to current issues in ecology and conservation led by our scientists.

Throughout the two-week intensive field course, students will learn the theory and methodology behind our long-term research and conservation projects and practice these methods in the field. These projects include:
Orangutan and gibbon population density surveys
Research and technology- understanding the importance of GPS technology, camera traps and drones in research and conservation
Surveying indicator species for ecological disturbance- butterflies and dragonflies/damselflies
Habitat structure and forestry research- establishing and measuring tree plots and carrying out phenology surveys
Peat-swamp ecology and importance- incorporating ground truthing, litterfall collection and water level monitoring
Threats and conservation solutions for peat-swamp forest- assisting with the habitat restoration and reforestation project

Within our biodiversity monitoring research, we also have three long-term primate behaviour projects: orangutan; white-bearded gibbon; and red langur. Students will hopefully have the opportunity to join our field staff during a primate follow and learn how behavioural data is recorded.

We are looking for intelligent, fit, enthusiastic individuals who are eager to learn the skills and knowledge to prepare themselves to develop their own future research and conservation initiatives. Students do not need to have any prior field work experience, but we do recommend students interested in ecological, biological and geographical sciences apply for this course.

The cost to participate for two weeks is £980. Please note that this does not cover travel expenses. There is no funding support provided from Borneo Nature Foundation for this programme, but we are happy to work together with students if they wish to receive course accreditation from their university.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
The fee covers airport pick-up, accommodation in Palangka Raya, transport to and from camp, accommodation and use of all facilities at base camp as described previously, research equipment and support in the field from BNF's scientists and Indonesian field team.

The fee also includes an important contribution to the long-term conservation of Borneo Nature Foundation and our partners, University of Palangka Raya, to support Forest Patrol Unit and Fire-fighting Teams.

Costs you will need to cover include international and domestic airfares, visa fees and travel insurance. Day-to-day costs are typically small and may include toiletries, food and drinks consumed while in town and any supplementary snacks you may choose to take to camp.

Term of Appointment:
July 6th-July 20th 2018

Application Deadline:
May 1st 2018

If you are interested in receiving credit from your university for the field course, please contact your university to discuss further. If your university does accept the course for university credit, BNF will then work together with you and the university to ensure all requirements are met.

If you think you would be interested in learning together with BNF in a thrilling environment:
Please email to request a Field Course Brochure and Application Form and then return the completed Application Form and a copy of your CV to that email address if you wish to apply.

Contact Information:
Jennifer Brousseau


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