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CURRENT VACANCIES

MARINE BIOLOGIST

Lang Tengah Turtle Watch (LTTW) was founded as a conservation organisation in 2013 with the aim to help save sea turtles – predominantly green turtles, and a small number of hawksbill turtles – from extinction at Lang Tengah Island. LTTW is looking for a passionate and dedicated individual, who already has some experience in the conservation sector and is looking to take on a marine biologist at our island-based project, off the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. You will be living on the job site – eating, sleeping and working in our jungle camp with our team of volunteers and project staff.

Position available: 1 July 2022 – 31 October 2022

This position is open to Malaysians only. There will be a one-month probation period with an opportunity to continue over the monsoon to do data analysis, subject to performance reviews and capability to do statistical analysis.

Work description

Your main role will be to become a fully integrated team member, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Assist the co-managers in the day-to-day running of the camp, including scheduling and ensuring all camp chores are carried out daily
  • Responsible for the safe running of all the activities, ensuring interns and volunteers adhere to all safety measures, protocols and procedures at all times
  • Supervise, train and mentor interns and volunteers
  • Responsible for the maintenance and proper use of all LTTW equipment
  • Conduct nightly patrol on nesting beaches to record nesting activities, biometric and photo-ID data of nesting females as well as to mark the nests
  • Relocate nests, if necessary
  • Monitor turtle nests and conduct post-emergence nest excavation to determine hatching and emergence success
  • Conduct coral restoration and monitoring dives
  • Liaise and collaborate with local stakeholders (e.g. resorts and government agencies)
  • Give informative talks to resort guests about sea turtles, conservation and the organisation
  • Manage the volunteer programme, ensuring the volunteer wellbeing and taking volunteers on leisure excursions (jungle trekking, snorkelling, kayaking)
  • Ensure that data is collected and input correctly and immediately after data collection
  • Analyse data and prepare visual presentations of data for reports and paper publication
  • Report and discuss issues and improvements with the co-managers
  • Organise and conduct clean-ups and recycling programmes
  • Coordinate groups visits (e.g. schools and corporations) to Lang Tengah Island, i.e., plan and organise activities
  • Update LTTW social media platforms (e.g. Facebook and Instagram) and website
  • Attend LTTW events, as necessary
  • Take on tasks in addition to the descriptions above as delegated by higher management that are deemed fair, achievable within the present task load and within the person’s capability

Accommodation

You need to feel comfortable living in a stripped-back and open-air camp, which lies slightly recessed behind the secluded beach of Turtle Bay. Think rustic, jungle living – bucket-showers and campfires. Take a tour around our campsite with this video made by our volunteers.

General requirements:

  • Hold a related bachelors degree or higher
  • Outgoing: this is one of the most important elements, as you will representing the organisation to volunteers, resort staff and tourists on a daily basis
  • Able to live and work in a small team
  • High level of organization
  • Undertake and demonstrate consistent planning of your workload and adhere to self-set deadlines
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Qualified Advance Open Water Diver, preferably with experience in research dives
  • A confident swimmer
  • Physically fit, and able to work long hours throughout the day and night, often with irregular or little sleep
  • Well acquainted with the rigours of outdoor living
  • Have practical conservation experience (preferably in a remote environment)
  • Flexible and adaptive: our daily routine can alter depending on multiple factors and being able to adapt to this is essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English, good knowledge of Malay and Mandarin is an advantage
  • Excellent communication skills and confident public speaker
  • Competent in using Microsoft Office
  • Must display a professional example to volunteers and colleagues at all times
  • Provide cover for colleague’s leave and illness as required
  • Travel for the purposes of work following agreed timetabling and budgets
  • Must adhere to all safety measures, protocols and procedures as directed by LTTW
  • Must notify higher management of issues that affect the completion of set tasks

The following criteria are also desirable for potential applicants:

  • Experience in sea turtle conservation work
  • Experience in coral restoration and monitoring
  • Rescue Diver or higher qualification
  • Able to free dive to 8 meters and hold your breath for 30 seconds
  • Certified in Emergency First Aid Response or equivalent
  • Competent in using statistical software is an advantage

Food and accommodation costs whilst on site, as well as in-country road travel to and from project sites will also be covered. You will be living in the camp alongside our other team members and volunteers. Conditions on camp are basic, so you need to be comfortable with living in this environment. You will have one day off per week that you can accumulate for taking a break from the island. You will discuss and get approval from the co-managers on the period to take off. Although you will be based at our island project site there may also be opportunities to visit other project sites during the season. The season runs from mid-February until the end of October.

If you feel you’re the right person to be part of our young, passionate and dynamic team of conservationists, please send a copy of your C.V., a cover letter and details of two referees to our Principal Officer, Seh Ling, at sehling@langtengahturtlewatch.org with LT Marine Biologist as the subject heading. Candidate will be interviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.