Internship

Lang Tengah

Turtle Bay, Lang Tengah Island

Job Type: Internship
Location: Turtle Bay, Lang Tengah Island
Duration: Starting as soon as possible - (Minimum 3 months)

Introduction

PULIHARA is looking for someone willing to gain experience in an unpaid internship position in practical conservation work based on Lang Tengah Island on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. Living 24 hours a day in our Research Station, we regularly patrol the nesting beaches on the island at night, relocating any nests that are laid on the beaches back to the safety of Turtle Bay. We also restore and monitor the coral reef in front of our bay and carry out educational outreach activities

Work Description

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

  • Conduct nightly patrols on nesting beaches to record nesting activities, biometric and photo-ID data of nesting females, relocate nests (if necessary), and mark the nests.
  • Monitor turtle nests and conduct post-emergence nest excavation to determine hatching and emergence success.
  • Carry out coral research and monitoring dives.
  • Give informative talks to resort guests about sea turtles, conservation, and the organisation.
  • Help to coordinate and carry out beach cleanups and outreach programmes involving schools and corporate groups.
  • Train and lead the volunteers in all activities, including taking volunteers on leisure excursions (jungle trekking, snorkelling, kayaking).
  • Update LTTW social media platforms (e.g., Facebook and Instagram).
  • Ensure the Research Station is kept clean and tidy; ensure there is enough water to drink and food to eat; as well as partake in other  daily chores such as cleaning and stock-taking.
  • Adhere to all safety measures, protocols, procedures, and budgets as directed by LTTW.
  • Assist in any other duties that may be required, including covering for team member’s leave and illness, shopping for project supplies, and participating in local events.

You should be relatively fit and acquainted with the rigours of outdoor living and be prepared to participate in all our conservation activities, which can be fairly physically demanding. As part of a small team, you are also expected to provide cover for other interns.

Free Time

Turtles aside, we try to make your experience with us as fun and interactive as possible. You can experience all the island has to offer during your free time.

General Requirements

  • Good knowledge of English
  • Good knowledge of Malay and Mandarin is an advantage
  • Organized and have strong attention to details
  • Able to live and work in a small team as well as individually when necessary
  • Expect to work long hours throughout the day and night, often with irregular or little sleep
  • Eager to learn about marine biology and conservation, specifically sea turtle biology, ecology and conservation
  • Experience in public outreach and engagement preferred
  • Have initiative and possess flexible and adaptive approaches to problems
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Confident swimmer
  • A certified diver is an advantage
  • Must be competent in Windows OS and Microsoft Office

This is an unpaid internship position. However, PULIHARA will cover your in-country land travel to/from project site, food, and accommodation while on the project. You will prepare your own breakfast and take turns cooking lunch and dinner every day.

Accommodation

You need to feel comfortable living in a stripped-back and open-air camp that lies slightly recessed behind the secluded beach of Turtle Bay. Think rustic, jungle living – bucket-showers and campfires.

Contact

If you feel you’re the right person to be part of our young, passionate, and dynamic team of conservationists, please send through a copy of your CV and a cover letter to our Operations & Administrative Coordinator, Mary, at mary@pulihara.org with LT Marine Conservation Intern as the subject heading.

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