Rainforest volunteer internship
Join the Malayan Rainforest Station team and help lead the conservation volunteer programme.
Location: Merapoh, Malaysia
Category: Rainforest Conservation
Job Type: Internship
Contract Length: 6 Months (with opportunity to extend)
Application Closing Date: Ongoing – please apply now
Start Date: Ongoing
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 rainforest volunteer internship is the role for you.
During the rainforest volunteer internship you will work with the Malayan Rainforest Station (MRS) and work as the Volunteer Coordinator. You will wake up to the sound of the jungle at the project based in Merapoh, bordering Malaysia’s magnificent Taman Negara (National Park). You’ll develop your leadership skills by taking charge of our volunteer experience and coordinating their weekly activities. Furthermore, work within a dedicated team, embrace Malaysian culture and help share our passion for protecting our natural world.
- 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.
- Love of outdoor activities and adventurous, with a medium 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 the ability to meet set deadlines.
- Good level of fitness due to the physical demands of the activities on the project.
- A confident communicator, comfortable with presenting to groups.
Key duties and responsibilities of the Rainforest Volunteer Internship
- Be the first point of contact for volunteers. Contact the volunteers at least 2 weeks prior to their arrival to confirm suitable pickup 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 on timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion.
If that’s not enough to convince you that this rainforest volunteer internship is for you, then check out this video of the project. It’ll give you a pretty good idea about what you’ll be getting up to.