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Malayan Rainforest Station Field Research Assistant

Location: Merapoh, Malaysia

Category: Rainforest

Job Type: Internship

Contract Length: 6 Months (with opportunity to extend)

Application Closing Date: Ongoing – please apply now

Start Date: October 2019

If you’re passionate about wildlife and rainforest conservation and have always wanted to dive in depth into the world of research and conservation then this internship is perfect for you!

Whats in it for you?

As the Field Research Assistant, you will, in general, assist the Project Manager in preparing and conducting research by collecting data, help with identifying the location of snares and traps as well as poaching camps and also assist the volunteer coordinators in bringing volunteers into the forest. This role requires an individual who is passionate about wildlife and love the forest.

Skills for your CV:

1. Basic skill sets as a conservationist:

  • Opportunity to acquire significant experience as a junior field biologist –
  • Able to experience on-ground anti-poaching effort

2. Analytical skills: 

  • Navigational skills using contour map and GPS 
  • Statistical analysis using R’ and SMART software 

3. Public relations skills:

  • Soft skill to approach the government and private sector
  • Ability to adapt within a new community


  • Free accommodation at the project house in Merapoh with a fantastic rooftop view. You’ll be in mixed dorm style rooms with the other project interns.
  • Free food! You’ll get access to communal staff food at each project base where you’ll cook as a team and with the volunteers. Feel free to treat yourself to some local Malaysia cuisine too, particularly at the local weekly night market.
  • Lead and accompany the volunteers on exciting outdoor activities such as jungle trekking, caving, bushcraft, tree climbing and wild camping with the other interns
  • An additional allowance of RM250 per month after 6 months, if you commit to a longer term internship
  • Free Wifi! The project house is a 2 minute walk from a free internet centre so you can keep in touch with your friends and family and your Instagram up to date.
  • When volunteers are on the project, we’ll be honest, your week will be pretty busy but the project manager will make sure you get a break and when you’re less busy you can take full advantage of the opportunity to see a little more of Malaysia.
  • All work related expenses (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from Malaysia)
  • Written reference letter upon completion of internship. We’ll do our best to help you land your dream job

What we need from you

To apply for this role you’ll need to meet a few requirements and be committed to ensure our volunteers have a fantastic experience. You can also find out a bit more about the role itself by reading about the duties you’ll be completing throughout the internship.


  • Healthy and physically fit, willing to work in harsh field conditions for a significantly long period of time.
  • Possesses a driving license and able to drive a manual vehicle
  • Strong-will and motivated.
  • Fast-Learner and independent.
  • Basic Experience in forest navigation is preferred.
  • High research interest and passion for conservation.
  • Significant knowledge of Malaysian biodiversity, especially birds and mammals.
  • Strong team player.

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Assist the Project Manager and other researchers on field during data collection and other preparations. 2019 researches will focus more on camera trapping and ornithological survey.
  • Assist the Project Manager and researchers during data entry and statistical analysis.
  • Looking for evidence on human encroachment activities such as poaching and mining in Protected Areas around Merapoh using GPS and providing details of snares, traps or poaching camps and reporting to the Wildlife crime line when appropriate.
  • Help out Volunteer Coordinator Interns in preparing and bringing volunteers into the forest
  • Engage stakeholders to report research findings .
  • Help out Community Team in engaging with local communities (Orang Asli and local Malays).
  • When required, assist the Project Manager and other interns with volunteer and teaching activities including trekking, camping, bushcraft, and caving.
  • Report to your supervisor and collaborate with other interns when necessary, maintaining open communication at all times.
  • Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion.
  • Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues.
  • Follow instructions as delivered by Project Managers when on site.
  • Ensure the project house is kept clean and tidy, assisting with daily chores on a rota basis.
  • Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by the Project Manager/Leader.
  • Any other duties that may be required including; group events, cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work related or personal)

How To Apply

Please submit your CV, and Cover Letter to

For more information or if you have any further questions about the role please email,

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If that’s not enough to convince you, check out this video of the project from a few years back that was made by our volunteer coordinators themselves. While a few things have changed it’ll give you a pretty good idea about what you’ll be getting up to.
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