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Project Assistant

Hiring Organization:
Orangutan Health Project

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Contract Duration: Six Months (Negotiable)

The Project Assistant will work under the supervision of the Project Assistant Coordinator/Director 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 Director/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, preparation, and weighing; other related research tasks as needed

Assistance with grant writing as needed

Assisting Project Coordinator or Director with any requested tasks

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)

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:
6 month contracts

Application Deadline:
Ongoing recruitment

Please see our website for more information.

Contact Information:
Dr Ivona Foitova
c/o YLI, Jl. Bioteknologi, Kampus USU
Medan 20155

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