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Primate Scientific Research Volunteers

As a volunteer you will get to experience new cultures, see some truly amazing places, work alongside passionate people and make lifelong friends, whilst helping to protect some of the most endangered ecosystems on the planet.

IAR operates programmes in Indonesia that aim to address various primate conservation and welfare issues. IAR manages two rescue centres, one in West Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) for orangutans and slow lorises, and one in Java for slow lorises and macaques. The aim of both centres is to rehabilitate animals rescued from the illegal wildlife trade, poaching or habitat destruction, and release them back in to the wild.

Volunteer Position:

IAR requires scientific volunteers to assist with habitat surveys, post-release monitoring activities of slow lorises and orangutans and the analysis of collected phenological and behavioural data. There are volunteer positions based at our rescue centres and in our various field locations (Java, Sumatera & Borneo).  The positions may often require extended periods of time in the field.

The position would particular suit newly graduated science students or similar.

  • Knowledge/Experience of sampling, data collection and analysis
  • A degree in Biology, Environmental Science or similar is preferable
  • English language is essential (Indonesian language is desirable)
  • Experience working with conservation programs in developing countries is desirable.
Other Details:
  • No fees will be charged by IAR for the volunteer positions.
  • Minimum time commitment is three months
  • Volunteers are expected to fund their own travel to and from Indonesia
  • Volunteers must have appropriate travel insurance
  • Volunteers must be fit to carry out, what can be, strenuous work in a remote, tropical environment and, prior to travelling, obtain travel medical advice regarding vaccinations and disease prevention
  • The position is voluntary and no salary is payable
  • IAR will provide accommodation, in-country visa expenses and transport to and from the airport
  • Some of our sites are remote and away from western amenities/home comforts.  Field camps are very basic.

If interested, please send your CV to [email protected] All short-listed candidates will need to provide at least two references and will be interviewed via Skype.


Project Manager - Orangutan & Slow Loris Reintroduction Programme

This position will be based in Ketapang, Indonesia, and require time at the reintroduction field stations, with travel to meetings in Bogor, Jakarta or Pontianak, and field trips within Kalimantan. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

Management of the programme at an operational and strategic level.

Operational level involves the day to day management of the project, ensuring the activities run in accordance to the plan and within the approved budget and human resources management. It will require skills in dealing with local communities, government representatives, as well as knowledge in the field of reintroduction of primates.

Strategic level involves the programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, programme funding and financial management (budgeting, budget control, etc.) ensuring funding (through grant making and others) and timely reporting.

Overall, the smooth running of the project in accordance with IAR’s strategy and planning, under the supervision of the Board of Yayasan IAR Indonesia. 

Criteria for applicants:
  • Fluent in Indonesian and English
  • Minimum required a Diploma (S1) in a related discipline. A Masters or PhD will be considered in the selection process.
  • At least 2 years experience in conservation in Indonesia
  • Experience in rehabilitation and reintroduction projects. Any experience with Orangutans or other primates will be considered.
  • This position requires field work at a research station and field camps. A good and healthy physical and mental condition is required.
  • Good computer skills required, amongst others: Word, Excel, SPSS, etc. GIS knowledge and work experience will be considered in the selection process.
  • Experience in survey techniques including data analysis and reporting required.
  • Experience in behavioral observation data collection, analysis and reporting required.
  • Experience in proposal and funding application writing and donor reporting required.
  • Management skills required (at least two years in a Management position).

Interested candidates can send an introduction letter, a recent CV and two recommendation letters to:

Karmele Llano Sanchez: [email protected]

All applications will be subjected to an evaluation and selection process based on criteria above, candidates will be eliminated and short-listed. All short-listed candidates will be called for an interview, either in person or via skype.


Vet Volunteers

Veterinarian volunteers requested at International Animal Rescue's centers in Indonesia.

- volunteer will be required for a minimum of 6 months

- minimum 2 years of experience

- no salary or travel expenses will be provided 

- Provided in country: visa expenses, food, accommodation, internal flights or transportation 

- protocols for vaccinations and medical tests to be followed (information to be provided after the interview)

Please send your CV to [email protected]  All short listed candidates will need to send at least 2 references and will be interviewed.