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The ‘Rainforest Volunteer Coordinator’ Internship Is back!

Do you love the rainforest and want to gain conservation and leadership skills?

Join us at our Merapoh Rainforest Station, on the borders of Malaysia’s Taman Negara (National Park) as a Rainforest Volunteer Co-ordinator. The conservation work is focused on anti-poaching patrols to protect tigers, elephants, sun bears, tapirs and other threatened species.

There is also a research team to study arboreal primates, birds and other iconic species. The community aspect includes supporting a semi-nomadic aboriginal tribe, called the Bateq. They make the rainforest their home, but also need skills to interact and survive in the modern world.

Rainforest volunteer

Role (Voluntary, Full time, Fixed Term)
As the Rainforest Volunteer Coordinator you will be responsible for helping the project leader to organize the volunteers during the programme. You will often be the first point of contact for participating volunteers. You will be expected to help on jungle trekking and research focused work, as well as teaching.

Key Duties as Rainforest Volunteer Co-ordinator:

Volunteer Management
Contact the volunteers at least 4 weeks before they arrive to confirm their arrival date and time and discuss suitable pick up arrangements and collect all passports for entrance permit application

  • Follow a daily schedule of activities making adaptations as deemed necessary
  • Arrange logistics and transport to meet programme needs.
  • Ensure ALL programme introductions and safety briefings are given with all applicable forms signed and records kept.
  • Clearly explain programme objectives and expectations from volunteers.
  • Ensure ALL protocols and procedures are explained to volunteers prior to undertaking any activity.
  • Monitor volunteers throughout the program with attention to safety, morale and participation.
  • Facilitate volunteer meetings to gain feedback on the program and to identify key interest areas for long term stays.
  • Identify and utilize individual strengths amongst the volunteers and your colleagues.
  • Regularly review the programme with your colleagues.
  • Ensure the general upkeep of the house and volunteer areas.
  • Ensure all equipment and camping gears are in working/usable condition.
  • Ensure supplies of first aid equipment are kept at the appropriate level.
  • Ensure the upkeep of equipment used by volunteers.
  • Daily updates of the Facebook group.
  • Pictorial monthly reports.

Forest Based Activities
You will co-lead volunteer groups with the rainforest leader or Bateq guide to survey certain trails/area for poaching signs on the Taman Negara and Main Range sites along the Sungai Yu Corridor.

  • You are responsible for guiding all new volunteers through the forest safety briefing; you will manage volunteers who usually have never been in a tropical rainforest before.
  • You are responsible for the safety of the volunteers at all times when in the forest, though you will be given training by the project leader and always have a local guide with you so you MUST ensure all suitable safety precautions are taken.
  • Organise and conduct weekly overnight camping sessions for the group with the Bateq – Sat. and Sunday.
  • Organise and conduct weekly foraging activities with the Batek.
  • Organise weekly caving programme with SGI.

Help with the collection of GPS locations for all treks and point of interests.
Data recording and analysis as the project leader sees fit.

Help with identifying the location of snares and traps as well as poaching camps.
Provide details of snares and traps to the Wildlife crime line.
Identify and implement opportunities for sharing data.
Promote sustainable practices through projects and by sharing information.


  • Help host foraging sessions with the Bateq.
  • Lead the rubbish collection project at the Batek village – twice monthly collections – separate waste into recyclable materials and sell at recycle centre at Gua Musang. KEEP ALL THIN PLASTICS FOR PRECIOUS PLASTIC – a handy recycling tool
  • Helping to teach basic maths, science and language (English and Malaysian) to the Bateq children and more advanced for the Malay kids

Volunteer Accommodation

  • Ensure the volunteers keep the accommodation in a clean and tidy state.
  • Ensure bedding is changed on a weekly basis and that all new volunteers have clean bedding.

General Requirements

NOTE: You will need to contribute a fee* of £100 per month for accommodation and share of communal food at the project site

* this applies to international applicants. Malaysian applicants do not need to pay any fee

  • Be a team player
  • High level of Rainforest safety awareness.
  • Ensure a good level of communication between yourself, Project Leader and colleagues at all times.
  • Undertake and demonstrate consistent planning of your workload and adhere to set deadlines.
  • Meet regularly with the Project Leader as the timetable of the project allows.
  • Assist the Project Leader in completing Risk Assessments, Operating Procedures and programme content as required.
  • Complete reports as required.
  • Provide cover for colleagues’ leave and illness as required.
  • Ensure good financial management by detailing proposed and actual expenditure and filing receipts.
  • Travel for the purposes of work following agreed timetabling and budgets.
  • Provide adequate notice of any travel needed whether work related or personal.
  • Must display a professional example to volunteers and colleagues at all times.
  • Must adhere to all safety measures, protocols and procedures as directed by Ecoteer.
  • Must notify Project Leader of issues that affect the completion of set tasks.
  • You are expected to carry out daily house chores with the other staff on a rota basis.
  • Take on tasks in addition to the descriptions above as delegated by the Project Leader that are deemed fair, achievable within the present task load.

Person Specification

  • Medium – high physical fitness.
  • Willing to learn new skills and ways of doing things.
  • Able to work under hot and humid conditions.
  • Excellent communication skills and confident public speaker.
  • Good forest ability and camping safety awareness.
  • High level of organization and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the work of Ecoteer and terrestrial conservation in Malaysia.
  • Able to motivate volunteers that are new to demanding environments and on occasion able to manage conflict.
  • Competent in using Microsoft Office.
  • A flexible and adaptive approach.
  • Must be comfortable in accessing assistance for a demanding role.
  • Completed first aid training.
  • Adventurous. Experience in outdoor activities preferred.
  • Independent and resourceful.

What you get out of it

  • Gain valuable practical conservation research and fieldwork skills
  • Gain management and leadership skills in dealing with multi-cultural teams
  • Rotate with other interns to go caving with volunteers- 1 intern per group.
  • Share of communal food
  • IF YOU STAY LONGER than 6 months, you will receive a basic allowance of Rm250 per month for the 7th month.
  • Mixed dorm accommodation at Merapoh.
  • 8 days off per month – provided as 1 day off per week and a block of 4 days off per month or 2 days off per week depending on work management at Project Leader’s discretion.
  • All work related expenses (NOT TRAVEL TO OR FROM MALAYSIA).
  • Free Wifi internet.
  • Written reference letter on request.

Application deadline: 14th April 2019

Start date: As soon as possible

PLEASE NOTE: We prefer longer durations and the minimum stay is 3 months.

How to apply

Please submit your cv and cover letter to:

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