Assistant Project Leader – Perhentian Turtle Project

Location: Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

Category: Marine Conservation

Job Type: Full Time Job

Contract Length: 2 years

Application Closing Date: 1st February 2020

Start Date: 2nd March 2020

The Role

As the Assistant Project Leader for the Perhentian Turtle Project, you will assist the Project Manager by overseeing and coordinating the daily logistics of the project, ensuring that project activities run smoothly. This entails liaising between the project manager, interns, the local community and potential volunteers as well as stakeholders. In addition, you will also be expected to temporarily fill in the positions of other team members – Project Manager, Assistant Data Coordinator or Volunteer Coordinator – when necessary. In order to do so, you will receive training on the nature and activities of the project as well as sea turtles and marine conservation. Consequently, you will develop your field, leadership and communication skills.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create weekly schedules of the project’s daily activities for interns and volunteers to be approved by Project Manager
  • Coordinate project activities (e.g. snorkel tours, Malay dinners, beach cleans, and awareness talks) that require liaising with the local community or stakeholders
  • Keep track of the project’s monthly spendings by ensuring all transactions are accompanied by signed receipts and recorded in bookkeeping
  • Ensure SOPs, project equipment, and sites are well-maintained by interns and volunteers
  • Contribute to the daily cleaning and cooking schedules
  • Assist and/or temporarily fill in the positions of other team members when necessary. For example (may include having to lead volunteers on the following as well):
    • Assist in collecting and analyzing photo-ID and nesting data when necessary – this includes conducting kayak surveys (1.5-2 hours) and nightly beach patrols on a 400m beach.
    • Introduce, brief and lead volunteers on surveys, patrols, data analysis, and any other project activity
  • Identify and implement ideas to diversify project activities, increase additional research, or promote sustainable practices
  • Be a professional example of a leader and marine conservationist to local community members, volunteers and team members
  • Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer
  • Any other duties that may be required including helping with group events, shop for project supplies (e.g. food and cleaning supplies), and participate in local/island events
  • Interact with and assist the local Department of Fisheries rangers at the nesting beach and hatchery management, and encourage volunteers to do the same, to maintain our relationship with them
  • Ensure all safety precautions are taken whilst in the water and make sure all volunteers are accounted for during water-based activities
  • Complete projects and reports as required by the project manager such as producing informative displays and research impact reports to share with tourists
  • Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion

Personal Specifications

  • Must have an interest and passion for sea turtle and marine conservation.
  • Must be comfortable with being in the ocean – swimming and skin diving ability preferred
  • Must have a strong interest and experience in outdoor activities, especially water-related activities
  • Must be open-minded, willing, and determined to try and learn new things, skills (especially swimming and skin diving if not previously able to),  languages, and cultures
  • Must possess strong observational skills, high acuity and attention to detail
  • Must be flexible and quick to adapt to new surroundings and sudden changes in schedules
  • Experience living in basic and rustic conditions preferred
  • Must be a team player but able to work individually when required
  • Strong leadership skills preferred
  • Fluent in written and spoken Bahasa Malaysia and English.
  • Excellent communication skills and a confident public speaker.
  • Proactive with high level of organization and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the work of Fuze Ecoteer, sea turtle and marine conservation in Malaysia.
  • Knowledge of traditional Malaysian culture.
  • Must possess efficient time management and organisation skills to meet set deadlines
  • Must be competent in Windows OS and Microsoft Office
  • Fluency in social media, especially experience making engaging and professional posts preferred – please provide example(s)
  • First Aid training desirable but basic training can be provided upon arrival
  • Must be comfortable in accessing assistance for a demanding role.
  • Experience of working within a community and relevant bodies.
  • Be comfortable around children.


  • RM1,300 per month with EPF and Socso
  • Free accommodation – you will live in the project house, sharing a room with at most 3 other people and have access to communal food shared with team members and volunteers.
  • Free food – You’ll get access to communal staff food at the PTP House where you’ll be expected to muck in and help cook. Plus treat yourself to some delicious local cuisine from around the village or when attending Malay dinners with our volunteers.
  • Free Wifi available in the Turtle House.
  • 1 day off per week with an additional block of 7 days off every 90 days during project season (Mar to Nov). 
  • All work-related expenses within the islands (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from the Kuala Besut jetty)
  • Potential for career advancement
  • Reference letter upon request after the completion of your employment.

How To Apply

Please submit your CV, and Cover Letter to [email protected].

For more information or if you have any further questions about the role please email [email protected].

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If that’s not enough to convince you, check out this video of the project. It’ll give you a pretty good idea about where you’ll be staying and what you’ll be up to.

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