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Yayasan Konservasi Sawh Bali

Yayasan Konservasi Sawh Bali

Yayasan Konservasi Sawh Bali

A start up environmental + economic development foundation in Ubud, Bali. The Mission of Yayasan Konservasi Sawah Bali is to conserve the sawah (rice paddies) and sustain a working landscape in Ba...


Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

30 Aug 2013

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Have you got a passion for land conservation and economic development in a threatened paradise? We've just launched our pilot project!

Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

Job Type:
Mid Level
Escape Factors:
Social Impact
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To keep the sawah (rice paddies) from developing, Yayasan Konservasi Sawah Bali will apply the model of the American land trust. Each farmer will be paid a sum of money to not develop their land, in perpetuity. The project intends to increase farmers’ income by supporting a return to traditional organic methods and heritage rices as well as creating value-added products and new markets for the farmers.

As founder of this Yayasan, I have a small team (but growing) of educated + committed Balinese (who are tri-lingual) and an astute intern from the U.S. This will eventually become a wholly managed and run Indonesian foundation. At this time, all current staff is volunteer with zero compensation.

I am looking for an experienced and knowledgeable person in the non-profit environmental sector, preferably in land trust practices
and implementation. Or a person who has economic development
experience especially in supply chain logistics.

As a start-up, I am finding that it is not enough to have the best mentors in U.S. land conservation back in America. I need someone here, on the ground and in the field (literally), to share the workload and help develop the organization. 

Sawah Bali is in the midst of its initial launch project; conserving over 200 small farms in two banjars (villages) that use one subak (1000+ year old democratically run, efficient water canal system)  

  • Critical thinker that understands that we are guests in this country.  Must possess a willingness to learn in depth in a new culture. (The mission of Sawah Bali will be similar to that of a U.S. land trust, but  the land use tools may not be replicated exactly due to our deferential response to their legal, cultural, social and religious ethos.)
  • Commitment of at least 6 months, 30-50 hours/week. Volunteer will receive time off to tour / get massages / surf, etc, and of course attend religious ceremonies (upacara)
  • FOCUSED and ORGANIZED person who is FLEXIBLE in nature and spirit
  • Bachelor's degree 
  • 5+ years experience in land conservation and/or economic development

Skills (any or all!)
  • Start-up experience
  • Negotiating land acquisition contracts
  • Accounting
  • Land stewardship and monitoring
  • Non-profit management
  • Policy / legal work
  • Communications
  • Structuring internal organization / applying best use practices
  • Board development
  • Experience as President / Executive Director
  • Research /development of value added agricultural products; especially with supply chain

Highest Priority Position

  • Creating a system to rate the endangered sawah (rice paddies), using GIS maps and doing field work in collaboration with Unesco in Bali (World Heritage Sites designated in 2012). Sawah Bali needs accurate methodology to assess its program strategy. 
  • Please note! All the cliches you have heard about Bali are true. This is a magical place that is home to welcoming people with a strong Identity despite 350 years of colonialism, 80 years of rampant tourism and a heavy dose of globalization. The arts of gamelan, dance, theatre and painting all serve their religion of Hinduism and animism and they are integrated into daily life. 

Please bring your corporate skills, but do not expect a corporate culture - this work is highly collaborative, mission-driven and spontaneous. For example, meetings may often be postponed due to religious ceremonies or holidays.

Round-trip airfare will be provided. 
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