Job Announcement: Field Manager, Full Time

Where: Miri and Ulu Baram, Sarawak, Malaysia
Reports to: Director, The Borneo Project

The Borneo Project works from the ground up to protect the indigenous livelihoods and forests of Sarawak through strategic support, capacity building, media outreach, and networking. We support projects that are initiated and led by local communities and organizations, and have deep partnerships on the ground. Since our founding in the early 1990s TBP has trained dozens of indigenous representatives in community mapping and facilitated and funded community reforestation, organic gardening, territory demarcation, indigenous education, and other village projects. We envision a world where indigenous communities in Sarawak thrive in harmony with their environment and actively shape their own paradigms of development.

Project Description:

The Baram Socio-Ecological Heritage Survey will employ and train indigenous villagers to collect data together with scientists using wide-reaching surveys. The process and the results will empower communities with information, equip younger generations with biocultural knowledge, provide socio-ecological data to inform future sustainability and conservation goals, and reconnect indigenous city-dwellers to traditional land rights issues. It will vastly improve the knowledge base of flora and fauna in the area, including the presence and abundance of gibbons and other primates. This information will directly inform future conservation and education projects.

Job Description:

We are hiring 2-3 field managers who will work together to hire, manage, train, and support the village technicians and oversee communications between villages and partner organizations.

  • The right candidate needs to have a passion for indigenous rights and environmental justice, and experience with community organizing in rural settings.
  • This is a science-based project and the field manager must be able to oversee high-quality data collection and processes.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Organize meetings and trainings with community, NGOs, and science team.
  • Coordinate communication between community representatives, local NGOs, and science team.
  • Oversee data collection process, ensure quality and consistency of data collection, coordinate data distribution to science team.
  • Maintain relationships with communities regarding their concerns, needs, and ideas to ensure their participation in every step of the process
  • Mediate and support positive resolutions of challenges that arise during the process with the support of lead NGOs and scientists.

Desired skills and qualifications

  • Commitment to social, and environmental justice, indigenous rights, and bottom-up social change
  • Ability to work independently
  • Ability to manage dispersed team of field technicians
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to manage details, meet deadlines, and problem-solve
  • Ability to work independently and multi-task with high degree of project and time-management capacity
  • Strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google Documents
  • Must be organized, detail-oriented, and flexible
  • Language skills: English and BM required, local indigenous languages desired
  • Ability to travel to remote areas of Sarawak 1-3 times per month, for 2-6 days at a time.

Working hours:

Mon to Fridays: 9:00am to 5:00pm; Some weekends and evenings may be required, with regular travel to the Ulu Baram.

Compensation is commensurate with work experience. Hiring will begin in August and will be finalized by November. The project duration is 2 years.

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter explaining why you are great for this job and a 1-2 page CV to