Join our marine team as the station leader,
this is for someone looking to develop their marine career as a leader and manager.

Who We Are

The Perhentian Marine Research Station is a project that was initiated by Blue Temple Conservation in 2013 but from June-2016 has been managed by Fuze Ecoteer. The aim of the research station is to monitor the marine ecosystems and involve the local community. The results of the studies will be given to decision-makers to help them effectively manage the Perhentian Islands Marine Park. Specific areas PMRS looks into are seagrass, coral rehabilitation, anemones, and turtles. The project is funded by voluntourism, school and corporate groups and corporate CSR programmes. In 2021, PMRS started to serve as a platform for building local capacity in marine conservation by providing training opportunities for the local youth to be directly involved in the marine conservation action called ‘Anak Pulau programme’.

The Role

As the Station Leader of the Perhentian Marine Research Station, you will be responsible for the day to day operations of the station including managing interns and leading the volunteer programme. You will lead a team of interns to collect rapid reef assessments, anemone studies, public awareness with the local dive centres and resorts and promote the research station cause online. This role will require excellent man management skills ( volunteers, villagers and private sectors), organisation skills and leadership. You will need to have the passion to want to lead and make a difference in the Perhentian Islands.

Key Duties

Volunteer Programme Leadership

  • Daily coordination of interns and volunteers, organising and facilitating their activities; dive courses, research dives or ‘diving for debris’, beach/reef cleans, Malay dinners etc.
  • Ensure the volunteer introduction, training and village tour are done well for the volunteers outlining key aspects of our research, activities around the island, objectives and expectations.
  • Ensure all applicable forms are signed and recorded.
  • Identify and implement ideas for additional research, sharing data and promoting sustainable practices.
  • Conduct weekly public awareness talks/activities around the island.
  • Lead and complete projects and reports as required by the Project Manager, such as producing informative displays and research impact reports to share with tourists.
  • Collect and record feedback from volunteers and regularly review the programme to maximise volunteer experience and produce reports when requested by the Project Manager.
  • Manage the interns to ensure the project station is kept clean & tidy through daily chores on a rota basis. Including providing fresh bed linen for all new volunteers.
  • Report to your Project Manager, maintaining open communication at all times.
  • Assist the Project Manager in completing risk assessments, operating procedures and programme content as required.
  • Develop the weekly timetable for the interns to deliver work in a timely fashion.
  • Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues.
  • Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer.
  • Any other duties that may be required as delegated by your supervisor including; cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work-related or personal).
  • Record and maintain programme book keeping.
  • Complete projects and reports as required by the Project Manager to be given to marine parks & respective funders.
  • Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion.

Stakeholders engagement & awareness

  • Capture photos and videos of activities where possible for reporting purposes and ensure the updating of the social media channels.
  • Complete projects and reports as required by the Project Manager, such as producing informative displays and impact reports to share with stakeholders and the public.
  • You will be expected to keep regular contact and good relations with Marine Park, local community, and relevant stakeholders to create awareness and support for the programme.

Equipment & safety

  • Assist the Project Manager in completing risk assessments, operating procedures and programme content as required
  • Be responsible for all dive, snorkel gear and other equipment, making sure it stays in good condition and is signed in and out by appropriate persons 
  • Lead annual safety training for team members and interns.

Research, survey & assistance

  • Assist Station Manager / Research Leader in conducting project relating research and survey.
  • Assist in ensuring data input is in a timely manner.
  • Assist in processing data so that it can be used on posters and in reports etc
  • Monitoring of data for quality and accuracy, if any decrease in quality, then retraining shall be needed.
  • Any other duties that may be required as delegated by your Project Manager including; assist in facilitating/instructing groups or volunteers, cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work-related or personal)

General Requirements

      • All are welcome to apply. Priority to Malaysian applicants.
      • Be a leader who leads by example through passion, hard work and dedication.
      • High level of water safety awareness.
      • Certified Rescue Diver or equivalent. Divemaster or higher preferred. 
      • Attention to detail when it comes to research training, data collection, data input and research monitoring.
      • Ensure a good level of communication between yourself and colleagues at all times.
      • Undertake and demonstrate consistent planning of your workload and adhere to set deadlines.
      • Meet regularly with your team and other project leaders in the islands as the timetable of the project allows.
      • Complete Risk Assessments, Operating Procedures and programme content as required.
      • Complete reports as required.
      • Provide cover for colleague’s leave and illness as required.
      • Ensure good financial management by detailing proposed and actual expenditure and filing receipts.
      • Travel for the purposes of work following agreed timetabling and budgets.
      • Provide adequate notice of any travel needed whether work-related or personal.
      • Must display a professional example to volunteers and colleagues at all times.
      • Must adhere to all safety measures, protocols and procedures as directed by Ecoteer.
      • You are expected to carry out daily house chores with the other staff on a rota basis.
    • Take on tasks in addition to the descriptions above as delegated by the Project Leader that are deemed fair, achievable within the present task load and within the person’s capability.

Personal Specification

  • Excellent communication skills and a confident public speaker.
  • Excellent management/leadership skills
  • Good swimming ability and water safety awareness.
  • High level of organisation and ability to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge of the work of Ecoteer and marine conservation in Malaysia.
  • Competent in using Microsoft Office.
  • A flexible and adaptive approach.
  • Must be comfortable in accessing assistance for a demanding role.


  • RM1,800 + EPF, Socso etc After 2 years the base rate goes to RM2,200
  • Free accommodation at the field station in the Perhentian Islands Village.
  • Free food at the project base.
  • 1 day off per week and a block of 4 months.
  • 1 month off during monsoon.
  • Accident insurance.
  • Annual RM500 development fund
  • Annual RM200 medical bills budget
  • All work related expenses (NOT TRAVEL TO OR FROM MALAYSIA)
  • Free Wifi internet at the project base

How to apply

Submit your CV and cover letter explaining why you are suitable for the role to  The station manager will only contact you if you have been successfully chosen for an interview.


Application deadline – September 19th 2023

Start Date – 1st December 2023.

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