Researcher (Peatlands Conservation) - Volunteer in the Philippines (Canadians Only)



Times of day

Weekday Mornings

Time Commitment

Full time (30+ hrs/wk)


Long-Term (6 months-1 year)


Eastern Visayas


Location Guiuan, Philippines

Start Date Jan - Mar 2019 (flexible)

Length of Placement 6 Months

Language Requirements English

Open to Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada only

The Volunteer’s Role

Through this placement, you will support International Institute for Rural Reconstruction in the delivery and implementation of its peatland forest conservation project entitled, “Leyte Sab-a Peatland Forest Restoration Initiative,” to protect, restore and manage the more than 1,200 hectares peatland and sustain its ecosystem functions.

Specifically, you will support the research team to facilitate the research and assessment of the Leyte Sab-a Peatland Forest. The volunteer is part of the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction Project team in Palo, Leyte and will be stationed in IIRR office. Regular travel to the project areas covering three towns in Leyte province will be required. The volunteer will report to the Project Coordinator and will work closely with other members of the International Institute for Rural Reconstruction project team. 

As a volunteer, you will:

-Meetings with IIRR team, partners and stakeholders and field visits to familiarize self on the project, activities and stakeholders

-Support the researchers from Visayas State University Alangalang campus to develop research plan and protocols; analyze, interpret results and writing of report

-Assist with online research on best practices on peatland conservation and management

-Support project team and researchers develop and build expertise on peatlands conservation

Essential Academic Qualifications:

University Degree in Environment Management, Peatland and Wetland Conservation

Essential Professional Background:

-Min. 3 years of experience in research or field implementation

Support Package

- Modest monthly living allowance (varies depending country)

- Accommodation while in placement

- Return airfare and visa/work permit costs

- Cost of required vaccinations, antimalarial medication and health insurance

- Pre-departure training and in-country orientation

- Travel and accommodation for reintegration debriefing weekend

- Modest support for accompanying partners and dependents going on placement with you for 12 months or longer (Return flight, emergency medical insurance, vaccinations)

- Access to Employee Assistance Program while in placement and upon return

- Cuso International assessment day (Candidates must cover the first $200 of the most cost-effective travel expenses and all accommodation costs).

- Travel and accommodation for the five-day pre-departure training course and for in-country orientation

- Bonus: Additional return flight home or cash in lieu after 12 months of service for volunteers who extend for another 6 months

Fee Required


  • Stipend Provided
  • Housing Available


  • Families
  • International Volunteers