Perhentian Turtle Project
Research INTERN

Join the Turtle Conservation team and help with a novel acoustic tracking project of sea turtles.

Location: Perhentian Islands, Malaysia

Category: Turtles, Research Assistant

Job Type: Internship

Contract Length: May to August 2023, maybe extended for the right person.

Application Closing Date: 10th April

Start Date: 1st May 2023

Turtle conservation volunteer project in Malaysia

As the Sea Turtle Research Intern, you will help collect tracking data of nesting sea turtles in Perhentian and Redang Marine Parks. You will be using acoustic tracking equipment to track sea turtles for 6 hours a day, 6 days a week. When turtles are found you will help to record location data and observe the turtles’ behavior in-water as well as take photogrammetry photo research. This is new novel research to our team and an exciting project to be involved with. You will also help to collect and organize the data on a daily basis. You will be helping with boat tracking data to identify regular boat lanes. This is part of a multi year project to develop action plans to improve the in-water conservation efforts of nesting green turtles. It is likely you will get involved with other sea turtle project aspects but the tracking is your key focus. The duration of your internship will be split between Redang and Perhentian accordingly.

Key duties and responsibilities


  • Conduct 6 hours of acoustic tracking using a hydrophone per day, 4-6 weeks in Redang and Perhentian.
  • Collect facial photographs of foraging sea turtles.
  • Collect photogrammetry photos – testing a non-invasive method for measuring turtles whilst they are in the water.
  • Record the data accurately in the database.
  • Collecting GPS data of boats in the marine parks.
  • Continual monitoring of data for quality and accuracy. Retraining to be provided if required.
  • Assist the local Department of Fisheries (DOF) rangers and the Field Research Assistant to:
    • Patrol a 400m nesting beach in every hour in 2 shifts between 08.00 PM and 7.15 AM for nesting turtles and poaching activity
    • Collect biometrics and facial photographs of nesting sea turtles
    • Collect and relocate eggs from nesting sea turtles into the hatchery
    • Collect hatchery data
    • Release hatchlings
  • Complete projects, as producing informative displays, and monthly research impact reports to share with stakeholders
  • Introduce, brief and lead volunteers on surveys and data analysis sessions.


  • Degree in Environmental Science/Marine Science or any related field
  • Must have an interest and passion for sea turtle and marine conservation and the work of Fuze Ecoteer.
  • Must have a strong interest and experience in outdoor activities, especially water-related activities
  • Must possess strong observational skills, high acuity and attention to detail in particular regards to research training, data collection, data input and research monitoring
  • Must have a strong interest in data collection, management, and analysis
  • Must be proactive and organized in completing tasks
  • Must be able to work (awake, alert, and active) night shifts in tough conditions and on a small isolated island with limited resources
  • Experience living in basic and rustic conditions preferred
  • Must be open-minded, respectful, willing, and determined to try and learn new things, skills,  languages, and cultures
  • Must be flexible and quick to adapt to new surroundings – especially humid tropical climates and changes in sleep schedules –  and sudden changes in project schedules
  • Fluency in written and spoken Bahasa and English is essential.
  • Must be able to swim and tread water
  • Experience in public outreach and engagement preferred
  • High level of water safety awareness preferred
  • The candidate should be a team player but able to work independently and as part of a team to develop and implement conservation projects with minimal supervision
  • Strong leadership skills preferred
  • Must have a strong sense of responsibility, discipline and display a professional example to villagers, volunteers and colleagues at all times.
  • Must possess efficient time management to meet set deadlines
  • Must be competent in Windows OS, Microsoft Office and Microsoft Power BI
  • Skills in R, Python, and/or GIS preferred
  • Experience writing scientific reports preferred
  • First aid training is desirable but basic training can be provided upon arrival.



  • Food and accommodation.
  • The position is a 5-month contract starting from April 2023 until August 2023 with the possibility of extension
  • Learn new research techniques and have name published in associated papers and articles.
  • Have a more holistic understanding of sea turtle and marine conservation by experiencing the wonders and challenges in the field from multiple perspectives including the environmental, social, and legal aspects
  • 1 day off per week with an additional block of 7 days off every 90 days during project season (Mar to Nov). 
  • Potential for career advancement
  1. 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.
  2. Free food – You’ll get access to communal staff food at the Turtle 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.
  3. For international staff, visa cost will be borne by the intern. FE can help with the visa application process for a fee.
  4. Free WIFI available in the Turtle House.
  • Reference letter upon request after the completion of your employment

How To Apply

Please submit your CV, and Cover Letter to

For more information or if you have any further questions about the role please email

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

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