Lang Tengah Turtle Watch Job Volunteer: Research Assistant - Malaysia

The key to safeguarding our nesting population of turtles - predominantly Green Turtles, as well as Hawksbill - on Lang Tengah relies on our constant and continued presence on the island, as this is the main deterrent to egg poachers.  Living 24 hours a day in the camp, we regularly patrol the nesting beaches on the island by night, relocating any nests that are laid on other beaches back to the safety of Turtle Beach.

We are aiming to expand our operations from the shore up into the forest and right down into the ocean.  Our first move has been compiling a species list for the island.  As far as biological research on Lang Tengah is concerned, the records of the marine park and WWF up until we started our operations were described as ‘data deficient’.

In 2017 we aim to expand upon the work we did in 2016 from Turtle Bay and do more school group workshops as part of our LEAP programme, funded by CIMB Foundation, as well as recycling initiatives.

You will be the driving force of our operation, patrolling the nesting beaches by night with the rest of our young, dedicated and passionate team.  You will also aid in the relocation of eggs, if necessary, and the gathering of data from pre & post hatch inspections, as well as nesting females.

The expansion of our research may require your assistance in undertaking terrestrial and/or marine transect surveys.

You will also assist in welcoming visitors from resorts and educating them about the turtles and the project, as well as helping with our school and recycling programmes.

You look after the camp, ensuring there is enough water to drink and food to eat, as well as partaking in other camp chores such as cleaning and stock-takes

Those looking to volunteer should be relatively fit and acquainted with the rigours of outdoor living.

Turtles aside, we try to make your experience with us as fun and interactive as possible. Every afternoon, we aim to put on leisure activities to make sure you can experience all the island has to offer, these activities include: trekking through the jungle to secluded snorkelling spots, cliff jumping, volleyball, kayaking, playing games on camp and more! There is also the option to go scuba diving on the island but this is at an additional cost. 

Stripped-back and open-air, the camp lies slightly recessed behind the secluded beach on Turtle Bay.  Think rustic, jungle living - bucket-showers and camp fires.

Please note that we cannot facilitate visa acquisitions for our volunteers.

We are looking to recruit volunteers throughout the season - from 6th March to 9th October 2017.

We are trying to encourage long-term volunteers, as we feel that staying for 1 month + gives you the best experience from what the project has to offer.  Giving you time to properly settle in properly also means that you will also be more comfortable with fellow volunteers and the islanders, boosting the productivity and quality of the work we do on Lang Tengah.

International volunteer rates are:
4 weeks: $650 USD
8 weeks: $1,000 USD

This is inclusive of all food, accommodation, project training, equipment, orientation and all leisure activities (excl. scuba diving)

To find out more about our project or to apply, please look at our website, facebook page, or contact our coordinator Raphe van Zevenbergen:

FACEBOOK: Lang Tengah Turtle Watch
Closing Date: 20 January 2017