Internships and Volunteer Opportunities

Gunung Palung Orangutan Project

Date Posted:
2014-12-16

Position Description:
Looking for a motivated physically fit individual with interest in primate data collection and backpacking/camping, for volunteer field research assistant position at Gunung Palung National Park, West Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. Appointment is for minimum of 6 months to (ideally) 1 year.

Project seeks to understand male orangutan ranging patterns. Males can have incredibly large ranges, usually larger than established research site trail systems. Due to the logistical constraints of following orangutans outside of trail systems, data on male orangutan ranges are incomplete because behavioral follows are typically aborted when orangutans leave study area. This study seeks to increase sample size on orangutan ranging patterns beyond the borders of research sites by engaging in long-term, long-distance follows using a mobile team of researchers capable of camping out in the rainforest (using hammocks) and carrying all necessary rations and gear for several days.


Main responsibility for volunteer will be assisting primary investigator with behavioral data collection. Data collection will take place during field periods, and the goal length of each field period is 10 days (which may not be possible every time due to logistical reasons). Each month, there may be approximately two field periods.
Other responsibilities for volunteer include assisting primary researcher with wildlife photography projects, tree climbing, and data entry. There will also be opportunities to work with the local national park and conservation organizations, on education and conservation projects.

This is an incredible opportunity for someone to get out and actually live an dadventure in the wild. Gunung Palung National Park is a beautiful and diverse site, and one of the most pristine primary rainforest sites in the world. It has a variety of insect, bird, and plant species, and five species of primate. You will be working and camping out in the rainforest for days at a time, living the life on an adventurer scientist. You will also have opportunities outside of field work to explore the rainforest on your own, and work with a local NGO.

Qualifications/Experience:
Applicant should enjoy and have primate behavioral data collection experience, as they must be able to focus on data collection for long periods of times. Previous rain forest experience is highly recommended, and applicant must be physically fit, independent, and capable of handling long term periods in difficult field conditions. Film or photography experience is a plus, as is climbing experience (whether it be tree climbing, caving, or rock-climbing).

Applicant should be comfortable working with people of other cultures. Prior knowledge of Bahasa Indonesia is encouraged but not required.

Salary/funding:
Volunteer-Based. See Support.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
Applicants are expected to cover all visa and permit application fees, and international travel to Ketapang, West Kalimantan, Indonesia (project base location). Housing in Ketapang, travel from Ketapang to the field site, and living expenses while at the field site, will be covered by the project. Volunteers are required to purchase their own personal equipment, e.g., binoculars, compass, clothing, etc., and have health insurance. Hammock for field work will be provided.

 Term of Appointment:
Minimum of 6 months to (ideally) 1 year

Application Deadline:
2 January 2014

To apply: individuals should email a CV, a two-page personal statement, and two letters of recommendation, to Robert Rodriguez Suro at rrsuro@bu.edu (you may email CV and personal statement immediately for instant review, ahead of letters of recommendations).

Personal statement should include your reason for applying for this volunteer position and your relevant experience in the following areas:
-Primate behavioral data collection
-Field research
-Outdoor experience/skills
-Experience working with a team
-What you hope to gain from this experience, and your future plans
-Photography/Video experience (if any)
-Climbing Experience (if any)

Letters of recommendation should address the following questions:
-Relationship to applicant
-How long have you known the applicant?
-Does the applicant have experience in primate behavioral data collection, and how so?
-How did the applicant perform in their field work?
-Is the applicant diligent, and able to follow orders?
-Is the applicant creative, receptive to ideas, and/or able to contribute good ideas?
-How does the applicant deal with frustration and difficult situations?
-This position is challenging, physically demanding, and requires mental toughness. How would the applicant thrive in this environment? Do they have a sense of humor, and a capacity for remaining optimistic, and getting along well with others in a difficult environment?
-Any other skills that stand out as relevant to this position?

Contact Information:
Robert Rodriguez Suro
9 Ave Laguna Apt 322 Monterrey Estates
Carolina, PR 00979
USA

 

 

 

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