Monday, January 31, 2011

[EmergingEthnoNetwork] Research Assistant position in Borneo



As part of the Stability of Altered Forest Ecosystems (SAFE) project, located in Malaysian Borneo, we are looking for a keen and motivated Volunteer Research Assistant for the mammal stream of the project. Research Assistants can expect to be carrying out both camera-trapping and live-trapping, as well as more traditional sampling techniques, such as line-transect work and spotlight surveying. Prior experience with all or any of these would be beneficial.


This position would be suitable for a biological sciences graduate (with a good first degree) or post-graduate, preferably with prior field experience in tropical environments. Field conditions are very basic and remote (no running water, limited communication with outside world etc.) - applicants should be excited by this prospect! Applicants should also be physically very fit, and ready for long and challenging days in the field.


The project will cover one international return airfare, plus food and accommodation on site. Applicants should, however, have sufficient finances to cover medical insurance and any equipment they require. Ideally, we would like the volunteer to start as soon as possible (by end March 2011) and request a minimum stay of 5 months. Please indicate your availability on your application.


Applications, including a (brief) cover letter and CV, should be sent to Oliver Wearn ( Please note the short deadline for applications - by Friday 25th February.



The SAFE project is an international, multi-disciplinary effort to understand the effects of land-use change on tropical forests, especially in the context of oil palm plantation establishment. This long-term, large-scale project has the potential to become a landmark undertaking, comparable to the Biological Dynamics of Forest Fragments project in the New World. More information can be found at


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