Volunteer Architect/Designer for MNS

by | November 18th, 2011 | Other Projects | No Comments

Save Temenggor Campaign

Cover image courtesy of Malaysian Nature Society (MNS)
Text by Ian Hall

Applications for this position are now closed

Malaysian Nature Society are looking for a volunteer architect or designer to help them with the fit out of their community outreach centre in Gerik, Perak. Start date: 30th Jan 2012. Applicants should contact Arkitrek using our contact form.

The volunteer will take the lead in space planning the first floor of the ‘Hokkien Association’ building in Gerik. Work will also include design of furniture, screens and fittings using reclaimed or recycled materials or sustainable forest produce such as Bertam Palm. The volunteer would also have to coordinate with street artists who will be engaged to paint murals and with local Orang Asli who will supply forest products and craftsmanship.

The position would suit a Malaysian student or graduate who is willing to committ a minimum of 2 months working in Gerik. MNS will provide overland transport from within West Malaysia to Gerik and accommodation in Gerik. The volunteer will be expected to work independently and should be willing to oversee the whole cycle i.e. design to working with Orang Asli to sourcing the materials and completion of finished products. This could take 2-3 months with opportunities for additional return visits at weekends.

The volunteer will live and work together with MNS field staff in Gerik. They will report weekly to MNS head office and liaise with the field staff. There will be ample opportunity to explore the magnificent rainforest and learn the ways of it’s plants and animals from the locals.

The volunteer will live and work together with MNS field staff in Gerik. They will report weekly to MNS head office and liaise with the field staff. There will be ample opportunity to explore the magnificent rainforest and learn the ways of it’s plants and animals from the locals.

The purpose of the MNS Gerik Community Centre is for MNS and other conservationists working in the Belum Temenggor Forest Complex to engage with local residents to build consensus and support for conservation rather than logging of this 130 million year old rainforest.

For more information about the MNS Save Temenggor Campaign please refer to the MNS website. Even if you can’t volunteer, join MNS to add your voice to the call for conservation.
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GO ON! what are you waiting for? If you can’t volunteer, join MNS now from as little as MYR70

To date MNS has saved over two thousand square kilometers of rainforest in Malaysia

…That’s an amazing effort, especially given how small the organasation is. Imagine how much more they can do if you and your mates join. Membership starts from MYR70 for Malaysians and anyone from any country can join.

Logging of Temenggor continues today. MNS successfully lobbied the state government to stop the logging in Royal Belum. The State thinks that this is enough to keep environmentalists happy. You need to tell them that it is not enough. Iconic animals like Tapirs, Tigers, Elephants and Hornbills need large contiguous areas of forest to sustain them. Areas like the entire Belum Temenggor Forest Complex.




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