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Volunteer Post-release Monitoring Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation

Date Posted:

Position Description:
The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has reintroduced over 400 ex-captive orangutans from the Nyaru Menteng and Samboja Lestari Orangutan Reintroduction Centres into protected rainforest habitat in the Heart of Borneo. we have three reintroduction sites, one in East Kalimantan (Kehje Sewen) and two in Central Kalimantan (Bukit Batikap and Bukit Raya National Park). In each of these remote, pristine forest locations we have a small team of researchers who carry out post-release monitoring using radio-tracking and focal follows, and check on the health and condition of all reintroduced orangutans. Releases will continue here during 2019. We are looking for one or two volunteers at each site to support our Indonesian monitoring team. Daily tasks include radio-tracking walks, searching for orangutans, following priority individuals to record information on their behaviour, diet and ranging and fruiting phenology surveys. You will also contribute to data entry and daily reporting and help with planning and camp logistics.

These positions are available immediately and the sooner candidates can start the better. Applicants with experience working in a tropical forest environment and/or a remote field location and/or with animal behaviour research experience will be favoured. A willingness to learn foreign languages is essential as the field team do not speak English.

Each field station is extremely remote with basic facilities. They are located deep in the Bornean rainforest, several hours from the nearest village and up to three days overland travel from our main offices and rescue centre. There is no communication with the outside world except via satellite phone. Food is simple, living quarters are dormitory style and washing and bathroom facilities are rudimentary.

The Bornean rainforest is rugged, with steep hills and dense undergrowth, high annual rainfall and many species of biting and stinging invertebrates including leeches, mosquitoes, wasps and ants that you will encounter on a daily basis. In addition, applicants must be energetic, patient, open, responsible, flexible, healthy, able to work independently but also as part of a team, be highly motivated and be hardworking and able to keep going, and do so cheerfully! Our schedule is demanding (6 days work, 1 day off), up to 12 hrs field time per day. The position is not ideal for someone who needs a lot of personal time, or for someone who easily feels lonely, or for someone who gets stressed or worried easily when things don't go to plan. This role does NOT involves any hands-on contact with orangutans.

You must provide certificates of negative tests for TB, Hepatitis A, B and C and HIV in advance of your arrival.

This is a voluntary position for an initial period of two months (the length of the visa) with opportunities to extend up to a year if all parties agree, which would require leaving Indonesia to obtain a new visa and then return

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
In-country expenses are covered, including accommodation, food and travel

Application Deadline:
interviews to take place in January 2019

Please send a cover letter plus copy of your Curriculum Vitae to We will be conducting short skype interviews in early 2019

Contact Information:
Simon Husson, none


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