mardi 9 octobre 2012

Orangutan Behaviour Field Intern

Hiring Organization:
Orangutan Tropical Peatland Research Project

Date Posted:

Position Description:
Please see full description and application material here :

The Sabangau Orangutan Research Project has been running since the founding of OuTrop in 1999. We are able to study the largest population of orangutans at very close quarters and the data set complied is a fantastic resource for a lot of our research. You will be working closely with experienced local researchers monitoring the behavioural ecology of habituated and non-habituated orangutans, both groups will increase our knowledge of ranging, demography, behaviour and inter-group interactions. As the Orangutan intern, you will regularly be getting up before dawn on following days, to reach the location of the apes’ nest, following the group recording extensive behavioural data, hopefully until their next sleeping tree at dusk. On searching days, you will enter the forest at dawn and search as part of a team for targeted orangutans to collect similar data. Full training of data collection methods and use of GPS units will be provided in the field.

As a dynamic and growing conservation organisation, we offer internships with specific roles working on our field research projects. Interns are required for periods of six months (absolute minimum four months) and will be based in Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan and at the Setia Alam base camp in the Natural Laboratory of Peat-swamp Forest; a 50,000 hectare area of forest where we conduct our research. The base camp is well established with over 80 km of forest transects and many long-term forest plots. Interns will either work on a number of different projects or be assigned specific projects depending on experience, skills and our requirements. Interns may also be expected to assist with project logistics, reporting and with our volunteer programme, as required.

Please note: The Indonesian Research Permit application process is lengthy and complicated. It generally takes a minimum of two months to get successful applicants out to Indonesia, so please factor this is when considering your availability.

Interns must be available for a minimum of four months and preferably for six months. At the end of six months there may be the opportunity to stay for longer. Applicants must be physically fit and able to handle the challenges of field work, including working long days with very early starts, uneven and flooded terrain, insect pests, tropical weather conditions and basic living conditions. We are a small team working in a remote region based in a camp with limited privacy; all rooms are shared. Indonesia is a developing country and delays, complicated bureaucratic procedures and last-minute changes of plan are an unavoidable part of working here. Interns must therefore be good team-players, flexible, patient and willing to assist in all aspects of the project. Applicants should complete an application form and supply a recent CV. Short-listed candidates will then be invited for interview. Relevant experience for the internship(s) you are applying for is preferred, although not essential if suitable skills are identified.

There is no funding associated with this position.

Support provided for internship/volunteer positions (travel, meals, lodging):
OuTrop will provide advice for all travel, meals and lodging. There is no extra funding available . Meals and lodging are organised by OuTrop throughout your time in the Setia Alam base camp.

Term of Appointment:
March/April 2013 for six months

Application Deadline:
12:00 GMT 26th October 2012

Please see full description and application material here :

Contact Information:
Honorary University Fellow at the University of Exeter
United Kingdom


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