Lang Tengah Turtle Watch Job Vacancy: Research Assistant Internship - Sea Turtle Conservation, Dungun - Terengganu, Malaysia

Lang Tengah Turtle Watch is looking for someone willing to gain experience from an unpaid internship position in practical conservation work at their mainland project, based at the prestigious Tanjong Jara Resort on the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia.

You will be living in the staff quarters of the resort in our own private building, along with our permanent staff members and other interns. Your main role will be becoming an integral part of our team, assisting our staff with whatever aspects they require, which may involve any of the following:
  • Assisting with current research projects being undertaken at the hatchery - We are currently looking at the effects of moisture on hatchling fitness, so are looking for people who preferably have experience handling hatchling sea turtles.
  • Relocating sea turtle nests in to our hatcheries
  • Handling sea turtle hatchlings when they emerge, so they can be released safely back to the water
  • Being based in our Visitors’ Hut (5/7 days a week)
  • Carrying out nest inspections with resort guests
  • Being on hand to chat with resort guests and answer any questions
  • Helping with our nest adoption programme:  contacting local tender holders to purchase eggs otherwise being sold to the marketplace; sign up guests to the nest adoption programme; gather photographs and send out the nest adoption updates to the adoptees
  • Ensuring the hatchery, visitors’ hut and our accommodation are kept clean and tidy at all times
  • Giving briefings to guests on nights when we do hatchling releases 
  • Overseeing hatchling releases
  • Liaising with the Tanjong Jara Staff to inform them about hatchling releases, nest inspections etc.
  • Coordinating beach cleanups 
  • Inputting turtle data gathered by our team of Rangers
  • Updating our social media pages
Please note that you will not be solely responsible for these tasks, we have 2 permanent LTTW members of staff at Tanjong Jara Resort.  You will be there as a fully-intergrated team member and on hand to assist the staff.

This is a great opportunity to get involved with a small organisation that is growing rapidly.  This means that your work has a real impact of the success of the project and you will also be able to contribute in shaping the future of the project. This season is going to be extremely busy with the expansion of our hatcheries, meaning more chances to get hands on experience handling eggs and hatchling sea turtles in a busy and fast paced, but positive working environment.

For this role you will be sent to Lang Tengah for a week of training at our jungle camp before you come to Tanjong Jara, as this is a 5* resort and we want you to be able to answer any questions that may be thrown your way without hesitation.

To be considered for the position you must be:
  • Outgoing - this is one of the most important elements, as you will representing the organisation on a daily basis with resort staff and guests
  • Organised
  • Culturally sensitive
  • Be well informed on wildlife conservation, biology and ecology as a whole
  • Holding - or be in the process of acquiring - a related bachelors degree, or higher.
  • Fluent in English
We are offering 10-week internships for the following dates:
  • 8th July - 16th September
  • 15th July - 23rd September
  • 5th August - 14th October
This is an unpaid internship position.  However, Lang Tengah Turtle Watch will cover your in-country travel costs, food and accommodation whilst on the project.  Travel to and from Malaysia is at the expense of the intern.

If you feel you’re the right person to be part of our young, passionate and dynamic team of conservationists, please do send through a copy of your C.V. and a Covering Letter stating which time-slot you are applying for to their Project coordinator, Bill:

Closing Date: 07 June 2018