Malayan Rainforest Station Field Research Assistant
Location: Merapoh, Malaysia
Job Type: Internship
Contract Length: 6 Months (with opportunity to extend)
Application Closing Date: Ongoing – please apply now
Start Date: Immediately
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!
As the Field Research Assistant, you will, in general, assist the project manager and researchers in preparing and conducting research by collecting data, analysing gathered data and to be involved in publications, if deemed necessary. There are a few research projects that MRS is involved directly and/or collaborating with our institutional partners which includes the Clouded Leopard Project, The Hornbill Project, The Herpetofauna Project, among others. You will also be involved in helping the project in identifying the location of snares and traps as well as poaching camps. It is also important for you to assist the volunteer coordinators in bringing volunteers into the forest for any research and monitoring purposes. This role requires an individual who love Animal Science(Zoology, Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation etc), terrestrial fieldwork, both in forested landscape and plantations and the most important is passionate about wildlife conservation. Basic ecological and local biodiversity knowledge will be a significant advantage, although someone who don’t possess any but willing to learn and adapt within a short period will fit perfectly as well.
- Basic skill sets as a researcher and conservationist
- Opportunity to acquire significant experience as a junior field biologist
- Able to experience on-ground anti-poaching efforts
- Analytical skills
- Navigational skills using contour map and GPS
- Statistical analysis using R’ and SMART software
- Public relations skills
- Soft skill to approach the government and private sector
- Ability to adapt within a new community
- Scientific Publications
- Opportunity to learn and develop skills in publishing scientific and non-scientific articles regarding our research projects
- Free accommodation – you will live in the project house, sharing a room with at most 3 other people and have access to communal food shared with team members and volunteers.
- Free food – You’ll get access to communal staff food at the MRS House where you’ll be expected to muck in and help cook. Plus treat yourself to some delicious local cuisine from around the village or when attending Malay dinners with our volunteers.
- For international interns, visa cost will be borne by the intern. FE can help with the visa application process for a fee.
- 1 day off per week, plus a block of 7 days off every 90 days.
- Allowance of RM250 per month from the 7 months onwards if you are able to commit to a longer-term internship.
- All work-related expenses (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from Malaysia).
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.
- International interns are required to pay a deposit UKP100 to Fuze Ecoteer. Interns will receive the deposit money back when his/her internship contract intern term ends and work performance is satisfactory.
Key duties and responsibilities
- Assist the manager and other researchers on field during data collection
- Assist the manager and researchers during data entry and statistical analysis.
- Assist the project in preparing materials needed for publications, or take initiatives in the whole writing processes, if deemed necessary by the Principal Investigator.
- 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.
- Helping out Volunteer Coordinators in preparing and bringing volunteers into the forest
- Engaging stakeholders to report research findings .
- Helping out community team in engaging 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 on 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 and other visiting researchers
- 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 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)
If that’s not enough to convince you, check out this video of the project. It’ll give you a pretty good idea about what you’ll be getting up to.