The Project Assistant will work under the supervision of the Project 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.
• Organising and supervising short-term volunteers
• E-mail correspondence for project
• Coordinating with referral organisations
• Data entry
• 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.
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.
In order to undertake this position, we require a US$950 contribution to cover living expenses whilst at the organisation's field base.
• 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)