International Animal Rescue Primate Scientific Research Volunteers

22 October 2016 Volunteer

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.


Yayasan IAR Indonesia (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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All short-listed candidates will need to provide at least two references and will be interviewed via Skype.

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