Assistant Wildlife Patrol Ranger

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Batu Kapal Conservation
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Coordinator | Annabel
Coordinator | Annabel

High­lights

• Immerse yourself in the jungle. Wake to the sounds of gibbons calling every morning!
Be amazed by the abundance of wildlife in this rare and beautiful Biolink area adjoining the Gunung Leuser national park.
Make memories and friendships that last a life time.
Immerse yourself in the local culture. Meet the locals, they will make you will feel like one of their family!
• Explore the jungle, rivers, markets and surrounding villages in your free time.
Join us for 2 to 4 weeks as a ranger on wildlife patrol, ensuring the survival of endangered orangutan, tiger and animals that live in this Sumatran Wildlife Buffer Zone. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
Singles
Couples

We are a community based conservation ranger program, run by a group of dedicated local people who are passionate about nature and the environment and who want to protect the animals and rain forest where they live. If you are looking for a hands on grass roots conservation project where you can join a monthly ranger patrol and really make a difference to protect the last place on earth where tiger, rhino, elephant an orangutan coexist, please come and join us! Please note places are limited to a maximum of 2 volunteer rangers per patrol each month and patrols will start on certain dates each month.

Our base camp is located at Batu Kapal Conservation Sanctuary in the heart of the jungle on the tranquil Landak River, overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Gunung Leuser National Park. Our conservation base is 20 minutes by motor bike or a 1 hour walk from the Bukit Lawang village, ensuring you will feel a world away from the hustle and bustle of village life, as soon as you arrive in this hidden Sumatran jungle paradise. We are surrounded by nature and geological formations, with frequent visits from the local population of wild orangutans and sightings of porcupines and civet cats. We have resident wild populations of thomas leaf monkeys, silver monkeys, macaques, water monitors, geckos and slow loris on the property as well as many birds, butterflies, dragon flies, frogs and insects.

About the Project

Working with the Indonesian Wildlife Protection Unit, you will be contributing to the protection of the endangered Orang-utan, Tiger, Elephant and flora and fauna in the fragile rainforest ecosystem occurring in the national park buffer zone. Please note places are limited to a maximum of 2 volunteer rangers per patrol each month, starting on certain days.

Sumatra represent the last remaining natural habitat for Orang-utans in Indonesia. the Sumatran Orang-utan is now classified as critically endangered.

Forest cover in Sumatra was reduced by 61% from 1985-1997 due to logging, infrastructure development, internal migration, and plantation development. The Sumatran Orang-utan population has decreased by 86% over the past 100 years.  The most recent estimate places the figure around 7,300 left in the wild, with steady losses occurring every year. 

VOLUNTEER RANGER PROGRAM ACTIVITIES

·         Patrols

·     Patrol 10 days every month in the buffer zone patrol area.

·      Remove all traps and snares in the buffer zone patrol areas

·      Patrol on foot at various times of the day including before sunrise and after sunset

·      Set up camera traps, download camera trap images and video, identify, analyse and record camera trap data when back at base

·       Take photos with date stamp and GPS coordinates. Record in SMART system

·        Surveying, mapping and monitoring the area, habitats and animals.

·        GPS and record all signs of wildlife including footprints, scratchings, nests, sightings, sound, faeces, conflict

      Map orangutan and fauna habitation, large tree corridors and food forage areas.

      Map known orangutan and primate movement pathways and nests with GPS.

·         At the end of every patrol data to be compiled in SMART system

Assist with compiling a 

species list for fauna and flora in the buffer zone area. 

·        Assist with Community Liaison and Education. Rangers to meet with the head of each village and local community, to

1.   identify existing private landholdings, their primary land use and the extant native vegetation

2.   provide education on why traps and snares are illegal and the consequences if caught by or reported to forest police.

 3.      assist with solutions for human-wildlife conflict situations and establish points of contact in each community to call rangers when there is wildlife conflict.

4.   collect information from the community about any recent human-wildlife conflict, illegal activity, how often they are setting snares and why.

5.   Conduct socialization sessions with the head of each village and local community every month i. Surveys should include information about any recent human-wildlife conflict, illegal activity, how often they are setting snares and why. Rangers to communicate why traps and snares are illegal and the consequences if caught by or reported to forest police. Encourage communities to call rangers if there is any wildlife conflict

Other activities include:

  • observe, map, monitor, survey, photograph and GPS record habitats, flora and fauna in the buffer zone area, including orang-utans, evidence of tiger and elephant and all other animals and birds
  •  develop a full species list of fauna and flora
  • locating and recording areas with wild orang-utans and populations of other animals
  • identifying, GPS recording and monitoring orang-utans and other primates daily activity pattern, including migration paths and feeding, resting and travelling patterns
  • gps all orangutan nests in the area and map them on GIS and SMART
  • identify individual orangutans, taking photos of individual orangutans for identification of population of orangutan in the area and range
  • preparing, consolidating, mapping and analysing data sheets on GIS and SMART data base
  • maintaining work at the base
  • volunteers are responsible for cleaning and maintaining base camp and assisting with cooking and dishes while on patrol and at base camp.

SKILLS

We are looking for volunteers that have a passion for wildlife conservation, adventurous, physically fit, have an ability to work as a team with other volunteers and by yourself, have an upbeat, positive attitude and are committed to achieving the projects goals. A high level of fitness is advised as the climate is hot and humid and trekking conditions while on patrol in the jungle can be challenging.

While no specific skills or experience are required, being able to use a laptop, excel and word and a willingness to learn how to use the GPS to record wildlife sightings is desirable but not essential. Knowledge of how to use QGIS software would also be handy, but can also be learned while on site.

We are looking for volunteers that are highly motivated, have significant drive and able to work independently or as part of a small patrol team after the initial induction and orientation. Our team are here to assist and support you, but we expect our volunteers to be motivated in completing daily ranger activities.

To ensure you have a great volunteering experience with us, please take the opportunity every day to discuss the programmed activities with the ranger patrol manager and team. If you have any particular concerns or need further advice or support, please discuss this with the ranger manager so it can be addressed and resolved.

Our Respect Jungle Guidelines are designed to help you understand and enjoy your time in the jungle in an environmentally sensitive and respectful way. We follow a strict no contact of wild animal policy.  Let's help protect this fragile ecosystem so your children and grandchildren can enjoy this natural wonder for many years to come!

Respect Wildlife – Keep wild animals wild! Never feed wild animals or birds.

  • Feeding wildlife damages their health alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers. Store food and rubbish securely. Wild animals have adapted over time to the food found in nature. Human food can make animals sick.
  • Feeding can also make animals reliant on humans for food, which may lead to aggressive behaviour.
  • Keep your food and wastes in a secure container. Plastic bags are not secure, animals can easily rip these open

Observe wildlife from a distance.

  • Do not follow or approach wild animals. Keep a respectable distance (5 metres) and if the animal shows signs of fear or aggressiveness, back off immediately and give the animal plenty of space to move on.
  • Avoid chasing or following wildlife that is attempting to escape.
  • Keep watching times to a reasonable length to avoid stressing the animals.
  • Move slowly, quietly, and in full view to avoid scaring or stressing animals.

Avoid touching wilds animals.

  • To minimise the spread of disease to wild animals, familiarisation with humans and for your own safety from injury and bites
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, and raising young. Touching nests or young animals may cause their parents to abandon them.
  • Report any injured animals to the local land managers. Do not attempt to handle the animal.

Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.

All native plants, animals, geological features, historical and cultural remains are protected by law in national parks. Ensure that they remain undisturbed.

Avoid activities with large groups

Large groups have a greater impact and affect the natural experience for both the groups and other park users

Stay on the track!

Tracks are carefully designed to allow people to visit natural environments while minimising the impact on the environment. Staying on track minimises erosion, limits spreading of diseases and weeds, and helps you from getting lost

Dispose of Waste Properly

  • “Pack it in, Pack it out.” Inspect your campsite and rest areas for rubbish and spilled food.
  • Pack and carry out all rubbish and leftover food including organics.
  • Do not burn or bury rubbish. Rubbish that is half-burned or buried will attract animals and make a site unattractive to other visitors
  • Be careful not to drop rubbish while walking on tracks.
  • When available use established toilet facilities.
  • In other situations, carry a trowel and deposit solid human waste in catholes dug in topsoil – usually 10-15cm deep and at least 100m from water, camp and tracks. Cover and disguise the hole when finished.
  • Pack out all hygiene products in a suitable container.
  • Be careful of improper cigarette butt disposal. Take all cigarette butts out with you.
  • Plan meals to avoid generating messy, smelly rubbish. It is critical to wildlife that we pack out kitchen waste and leftover food. Don’t count on a fire to dispose of it. Rubbish that is half-burned or buried will attract animals and make a site unattractive to other visitors. Overlooked rubbish is litter, and litter is not only ugly — it can also be deadly to the wildlife.
  • Animals scavenging a meal from a tasty smelling morsel can ingest bits of dropped food packaging damaging their digestive system. Plastic six-pack holders and plastic bags kill birds, fish and animals. Fishing lines, lures and nets ensnare, kill, injure and maim wildlife, so be careful not to leave any behind in rivers or streams. Pack in plastic bags to carry your rubbish out (and maybe someone else’s).
  • Before moving on from a camp or resting place, search the area for “micro-rubbish” such as bits of food and rubbish, including cigarette butts and organic litter such as fruit peel, egg and nut shells.

Typical day

Day 1: Introduction Day!

You will fly into Medan (KNO) airport, Sumatra, to begin your jungle adventure at the Batu Kapal conservation base! It is a 4 hour drive to the project site from the Medan Airport. You can either travel by public bus or we can arrange a private car transfer from the airport to the project site ($60 US or 750.000 IDR one way car transfer)

On arrival at the project site you will be given an introduction and orientation to the ranger programme and the intended schedule during your.

Day 2 and 3  - Practice Patrol

A high level of fitness is required for the volunteer ranger position, as ranger patrol conditions can be physically challenging. It involves trekking and camping out in dense jungle at times, in hot and humid conditions with steep inclines in some parts.  If after a 2 day initial trial patrol you are assessed as not being physically fit enough to join a 10 day patrol, you will continue your volunteer placement as a valued member of our wildlife conservation volunteer program, assisting with activities at base camp.

Day 4 to 13 – 10 day ranger patrol. Daily activities include

·         Removing all traps and snares in the buffer zone patrol areas

·         Patrolling on foot at various times of the day including before sunrise and after sunset

·         Setting up camera traps, download camera trap images and video, identify, analyse and record camera trap data when back at base

·         Taking photos with date stamp and GPS coordinates. Record in SMART system

·        Surveying, mapping and monitoring the area, habitats and animals.

·        GPS and recording all signs of wildlife including footprints, scratchings, nests, sightings, sound, faeces, conflict.

·         Assisting with setting up camp, cooking and dishes when required while on patrol

Day 14 and 15 data analysis and entry back at the base

  • preparing, consolidating, mapping and analysing data sheets on GIS and SMART data base
  • assisting with Community Liaison and Education.
  • assisting with solutions for human-wildlife conflict situations
  • maintaining work at the base
  • volunteers are responsible for cleaning, maintaining and assisting with cooking and dishes when staying at base camp.

Day 16 to 28 After you have finished your 2 week ranger patrol placement, you are welcome to join our wildlife conservation program for one or two weeks.

Wildlife Conservation Volunteering activities at the base.

A typical days wildlife conservation volunteering activities at the project site is flexible and can be made up of a combination of our environmental and educational volunteer activities. Please contact us for an example itinerary of this program 

Please note we have a strict no human contact or feeding policy of wild animals to minimise the transmission of disease and to ensure your safety. Our aim is to keep wild animals wild through the protection and reforestation of their habitat!

Free-time activities

Free-time activities - Choose from any of the optional activities below for you in your free time on weekends (cost extra)

1.      Full day activity. Walking to the Selang Pangeran Waterfall (easy 1.5-2 hour walk one way. Fitness average), returning at 5pm by motor bike (price $95 pp includes lunch) . 

2.      ½ day, 1 day, 2 and 3 day jungle treks to Adi Back camp and Batu Gajah camp in the Gunung Leuser National Park into the wilder parts of the park, straight from our project site! (POA, price depends on number of people on trek).

3.      Rock scrambling open caving adventure at Batu Kapal Cave or Bat Cave ( 2-3 hours. $45 pp with guide).

4.      Hot springs day trip by 4wd including lunch ($120pp min 2)

5.      White water rafting full day trip on the Wampu River. 2 hour drive to Wampu River rafting start point in open air pick up truck (cost $195 pp min persons 2. Lunch included)

6.      Day trip to Batu Rongring by 4wd to hike to the 27m  circumference tree including lunch ($120pp min 2)

7.      3 hour motor bike tour of the villages and rice fields, visit cottage industries, rice hulling and drying, palm sugar, tofu, bamboo weaving (price $55 pp).

8.      Traditional massage ($20 pp).

9.      Traditional rice cooking in evening – prepare and cook rice in bamboo over fire ($20 per person)

10.  Donate and plant a tree as part of the Batu Kapal Reforestation Program (donation $15 per tree with proceeds going back to the conservation program)  

Water Sports
Swimming
Concert/
Music
Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Climbing
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (intermediate level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
We are looking for volunteers that have a passion for wildlife conservation, are adventurous, physically fit, have an ability to work as a team with other volunteers and by yourself, have an upbeat, positive attitude and are committed to achieving the projects goals. A high level of fitness is advised as the climate is hot and humid and trekking conditions while on patrol in the jungle can be challenging.
Being familiar with GPS, laptop, excel, word and GIS software is useful but not essential
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 08:00 - 17:00

What's Included

Services by Batu Kapal Conservation

Includes dorm accommodation when staying at base, camping at times when on patrol, three meals per day, tea, coffee and drinking water  and ranger program activities.

Airport Pickup at Medan KNO Airport can be arranged if required ( $60US per car one way)

Motor bike transfers into the site $6 US one way per motor bike (Note the conservation project site is located in the jungle, we are not situated on a road, its a 20 minute motor bike ride from the village of Bukit Lawang and not that easy to find as it is not sign posted)

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover injury, accident, sickness, hospital and medical expenses, missed flights, cancellation and loss or damage to your personal belongings.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note if you plans change your volunteer fees are non refundable, however we are more than happy to change your start date. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.

SAFETY

Safety of our volunteers, guests and staff is our highest priority. Please respect each other and others property. Any person causing serious harm or putting others at risk will be asked to leave the site with forfeiture of your volunteer fees. This includes drunk and disorderly behaviour.

ZERO DRUGS POLICY.

Drug use in Indonesia is illegal and a jailable offence. For everyone’s safety, we are a drug free program. Please note the use of drugs will result in the immediate termination of your volunteering placement and removal from the program with forfeiture of your volunteer fees.

RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL PEOPLE

We are responsible for the safety of volunteers and staff in our care. Please respect local culture and staff. Relationships with staff and local people will not be tolerated during your volunteer placement,  resulting in immediate termination of your volunteering placement and removal from your site with forfeiture of your volunteer fees.

VALUABLES

Volunteers are responsible for the safety of their valuables and personal items at all times.  Management will not be held responsible for the safety of volunteers valuables. If you are concerned, please bring a money belt for your money, passport and important documents.

WIFI AND INTERNET ACCESS

Please note we do not have WiFi on site as we are in a remote area. There is limited patchy mobile phone coverage available on parts of the base with the local mobile phone service. Data for Indonesian sim cards can be purchased for your phone and very affordable rates.  We recommend volunteers buy a local SIM card with data on it when they arrive. Telkomsel is one of the better choices. 

Otherwise there is WiFi available in the village at some guest house cafes also. It is a 45 minute walk into the village, or a 20 minute motor bike ride

Accommodation

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation during your time will be shared hostel style dormitory accommodation when staying at the base, with a shared bathroom, cold water shower and western-style toilet.

While on ranger patrol you may be camping away from the base at times, under a basic tarp structure or in a tent. You will be sleeping on a thin roll mat. 

Please don’t worry about the water being too cold to wash in - it is hot and humid here all year round, you will probably welcome the respite!

We provide a mattress for your stay either at the base or while camping. You will need to bring along a sleeping bag or sleeping bagliner/sleeping sheet, mosquito net and a pillow if you need one and your towel and toiletries. A head torch is also handy.

Please note if you do not have any sleeping gear with you, you can hire a sleeping bag, pillow and mosquito net from us for 125.000 IDR for your stay.

Please note there is no mains electricity in the jungle at Batu Kapal, we have a generator which operates for 2 to 3 hours a day to recharge the off grid battery storage bank.

Camping Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

You will have three meals per day provided for you whilst you are volunteering with us.  We eat together buffet style as a family with the other volunteers and staff when staying at the base. Breakfast is usually either pancake, omelette, eggs, toast or rice/noodle dishes. Lunches and dinners are delicious and typically consist of traditional Indonesian food like noodles or rice, egg, vegetables, curries, tofu and soy bean dishes are also provided for vegetarians and vegans. Gluten free and dairy free meal options are also available on request.  Please just let our friendly staff know if your have special dietary requirements and they will be happy to accommodate your needs.

Free coffee, tea and water available. Soft drink and alcohol is available at the conservation base at extra cost.

Please help out with cooking meals and the dishes each day. Our staff love to learn new recipes!

Please note there is no refrigeration on site at the base, while on camp during patrol or at any guest houses in the local area. All food is bought fresh daily and cooked fresh for you every day.  This is normal practice in rural areas in Sumatra.

Water is boiled for your safety every day.

Internet Access
Sorry, no access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Kuala Namu International Airport (KNO) in Kuala Namu. We assist you to find cheap flights to Indonesia.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Indonesia provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in Indonesia you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Indonesia.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

Prior to Arrival

Your passport must be valid for a minimum period of six months from the date of entry into Indonesia. Entry to Indonesia will be refused and airlines may not carry passengers holding passports with less than six months validity. You are required to retain your arrival card for presentation to Immigration upon your departure.

You need to fly into Medan airport (KNO) on the project start date, preferably between 9am - 5pm so you are not arriving too late at the project site, as we are 4 to 5 hours from the airport. 

Please check with your doctor regarding the latest on the vaccinations required to travel to Sumatra.

In order to join this project you will need a visa. Please contact us for assistance with your visa if required

Less that 30 day stays – 30 Day Visa Exemption on arrival

On entry to Indonesia you will receive a 30 day visa exemption at the airport on arrival for stays less than 30 days. Please note you may have to pay for this on arrival if your country is not part of this free visa exemption scheme, however it is now free for most countries. Please check with the Indonesian embassy website for visa passport information and whether your nationality is eligible for this visa exemption on arrival.  

At immigration point, they may ask to see your return flight information to  ensure you are leaving withing 30 days

Over 30 day stays – Apply for a 60 day social visa before your arrive.

For stays over 30 days you will need to apply for a 60 day social visa at your local Indonesian Embassy  in your country 2 to 4 weeks prior to arrival in Indonesia. We will assist you with this process with the provision of sponsor letters for you to take to your local embassy.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover injury, accident, sickness, hospital and medical expenses, missed flights, cancellation and loss or damage to your personal belongings.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Please note if you plans change your volunteer fees are non refundable, however we are more than happy to change your start date. Please ensure you have travel insurance to cover cancellation.

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
2 - 5 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
$ 630
15 days
$ 675
15 days
$ 675
3 weeks
$ 855
3 weeks
$ 855
4 weeks
$ 1,065
4 weeks
$ 1,065
30 days (max. stay)
$ 1,125
Average fees
$ 289 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Batu Kapal Conservation will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Batu Kapal Conservation during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Assistant Wildlife Patrol Ranger

Join us for 2 to 4 weeks as a ranger on wildlife patrol, ensuring the survival of endangered orangutan, tiger and animals that live in this Sumatran Wildlife Buffer Zone.

$289/week

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