Location: Merapoh, Malaysia
Job Type: Internship
Contract Length: 6 Months (with opportunity to extend)
Application Closing Date: November 30th
Start Date: 6th January
Love the rainforest and enjoy working with people? If you’re great at building relationships, organisation, and are looking to gain experience in people management with a bit of conservation thrown in, this is the role for you.
Whats in it for you?
Wake up to the sound of the jungle at our project based in Merapoh, bordering Malaysia’s magnificent Taman Negara (National Park). Develop your leadership skills by taking charge of our volunteer experience and coordinating their weekly activities. Work within a dedicated team, embrace Malaysian culture and help share our passion for protecting our natural world.
Skills for your CV:
- Volunteer management; responsible for small group of volunteers on a weekly basis
- Leadership and organisation skills to ensure activities are coordinated in an efficient and timely fashion
- Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with ease
- Problem solving, using initiative and creativity
- Practical conservation experience developed when assisting with research elements of the project including identifying animal tracks/marks and GPS recordings
- Knowledge of rainforest survival skills and native flora and fauna
- Ability to work under pressure and adaptability to changing situations
- Efficient administrative skills
- 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.
- Love of outdoor activities and adventurous, with a basic level of fitness
- Ability to motivate volunteers when in challenging environments and listen and offer support at times when they may be struggling or conflict
- An interest and passion for conservation. As part of your role you’ll educate our volunteers and impart knowledge to them surrounding important conservation issues in the area
- Team player but willing to work individually at times
- Driving license essential (manual license desirable)
- Excellent organisation and planning skills and ability to meet set deadlines
- Good level of fitness due to the physical demands of the activities on the project
- Confident communicator, comfortable with presenting to groups
- First aid trained and awareness of rainforest safety
Key duties and responsibilities
- Be the first point of the contact for volunteers. Contact the volunteers at least 2 weeks prior to their arrival to confirm suitable pick up arrangements and answer any questions they may have
- Organise and facilitate weekly volunteer activities: jungle treks, foraging/bushcraft activities and camping with the Batek, and caving and tree climbing with SGI.
- Provide a programme introduction for volunteers outlining objectives and expectations complete with relevant safety briefings and ensure all applicable forms are signed and recorded
- Whilst the local Batek guides will lead the treks, you will be responsible for ensuring the safety of the volunteers
- Assist the research team with data collection whilst trekking using GPS and providing details of snares, traps or poaching camps and reporting to the Wildlife crime line when appropriate
- Maintain first aid kit supplies and ensure all equipment is kept in working conditions
- Ensure the project house is kept clean & tidy with the help of our volunteers through daily chores on a rota basis
- Capture photos and videos of our volunteers where possible and assist with updating the projects social media channels. Writing blogs may also be required
- Report to the project leader and collaborate with other interns where necessary, maintaining open communication at all times
- Collect and record feedback from volunteers and regularly review the programme to maximise volunteer experience and produce reports when requested by the project manager
- Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion
- Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues
- Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer
- Any other duties that may be required including; helping with group events, cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work related or personal)
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.