Before contacting us with general enquiries about our work, we ask that you please read through the list of information below. If you would like to collaborate, volunteer, or donate to our projects, please email the relevant project leader, but first please do carefully read all the information below. Make sure you send an email to the relevant person instead of leaving a comment on this website! Each person’s email address can be found at the end of their respective personal profiles. For media/comms enquiries, please contact Hana.
Official correspondence by snail mail can be sent to the following address:
Please note that as a non-profit research group composed mainly of conservation scientists, our core work is conducting long-term scientific research projects in the field. We are a small local NGO dependent on grants and donations to remain operational, and as such we have very limited resources and capacity. We aim to increase our effectiveness as much as possible through collaboration and partnerships with other organisations, but our scope of work is limited and therefore we ask that you take note of the following aspects:
- Our core research scope is focused on conducting applied conservation science; Rimba cannot collaborate on research projects that do not aim to answer relevant questions for implementing real-world conservation action on the ground; the research conducted must feed directly into conservation implementation.
- We are not a funding body and do not function as a foundation; as such we are unable to provide funds or financial contributions for external projects that are unrelated to our own.
- We do not work with captive animals, and as such we are unable to provide advice on wildlife rescues.
- We do not conduct tree-planting, reforestation, or work on oil palm issues.
- We are unable to host or help organise conferences or other events for external projects, as we do not have a suitable office space or an administration unit to support such activities.
- We are unable to conduct school/educational activities, student training courses, or guided tours.
- Whenever possible, we try to work in partnership with other organisations to promote conservation within the scope of our projects. However, due to a lack of capacity and resources, we are unable to lead or be in charge of community engagement, outreach/educational programs, volunteerism/voluntourism programs, events, campaigns, training sessions, urban projects, or student internships.
- Although we are normally unable to provide students with structured practical/industrial training, official internship experiences or student projects to fulfill degree requirements, we will assess individual requests on a case-by-case basis to determine what fits in with the scope our work and schedules. In such cases please do follow the same instructions as for prospective volunteers below.
If enquiring about volunteering or job opportunities, please note that we are only able to accommodate volunteer requests from individuals who are already based in Peninsular Malaysia, and we are only able to offer employment opportunities to Malaysian citizens. For prospective volunteers please ensure that you read and adhere to the following instructions carefully:
Rimba would not be anywhere without fantastic volunteers. Due to the nature of our work – which tends to require either specialised skills or physically intensive fieldwork (or both) – we are ideally looking for skilled or experienced volunteers who can commit for at least several months at a stretch. However, depending on our activities it may be occasionally possible to fit in one-off or shorter term volunteers, or perhaps work you could do from your desktop at home. So we assess volunteer applications on a case-by-case basis, based on current needs, situation, and the information you provide us about yourself. Rimba’s scientists can also provide reference letters or letters of recommendation (upon request) for successful volunteer stints.
1) Background of yourself and interests
2) Which project(s) you would like to volunteer with
3) Amount of time you can spare, including your specific available dates/time period
4) Short CV, including skill sets or experience that would come in useful for the project(s)