This little crab, Johora singaporensis is a true citizen of Singapore, for it can only be found on our island nation and no where else on Earth. However, its future truly depends on what we do to protect it, for J. singaporensis has been named as one of the 100 most threatened species on Earth by The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the Zoological Society of London at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in South Korea.
One of the few invertebrates in the list compiled by 8,000 scientists from the IUCN Species Survival Commission (IUCN SSC), J. singaporensis is only found in two places on our sunny island - Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and two other “hill” streams. Its total population size is unknown and one of the key factors in threatening the species’ survival is habitat degradation due to changes in water quality.
While Bukit Timah Nature Reserve is protected, the other streams are not protected and the species is vulnerable to all kinds of disturbances, from the lowering of the water table to pesticide use, pollution, and urban development.
RMBR, in collaboration with NParks, will be embarking on a two year project to study the status and conservation of our truly unique Singapore icon. Are you interested in helping us pull Johora singaporensis back from the edge of extinction?
We are hiring!
Job description: Research Assistant
Duration: Oct 2012 – Sep 2014
We are looking for a full-time research assistant for a project on the Singapore freshwater crab, Johora singaporensis.
The duties involve intense field work surveying of freshwater streams in local forests to establish distribution, habitat preference and physiochemical properties and establishments and management of an ex situ breeding programme.
The applicant must interested in field work in day and night in difficult conditions, be able to recruit, lead and manage assistants, and be able to do careful work in an aquaria.
We are looking for someone who can be independent in setting up field surveys, be communicative about updates, pay close attention to detail, responsible about the care and handling of aquatic fauna, single-minded about research priorities, be willing to work in a team and interested in contributing to conservation.
The applicant must have a background in the biological sciences, must enjoy working outdoors, be physically fit, look forward to wildlife encounters and night work, be very flexible about working hours, have good communication and interpersonal skills, and be fluent in English (writing, reading and speaking).
Past experience with rearing animals in aquaria is useful, but not necessary. Possession of a class 3 driver’s license would be beneficial but not critical.
Interested applicants please send your CV and Cover Letter to Ms Tan Kai-xin at firstname.lastname@example.org by 30 Sep 2012.
Thanks to Joelle Lai for this blog post!