Job: Part-Time Student Assistant for Ecological Traits Project (Singaporean only; 6-12 hours/week in Sep–Dec 2019)

Part Time Student Assistant for Ecological Traits Project
Future Cities Laboratory, Singapore – ETH Centre

Job: Part Time Research Assistant for the Ecological Traits Project. Singaporean only

Description: The ecological traits project compare plant functional traits among different ecosystems in Singapore. We seek a motivated Singaporean student who could assist with fieldwork in the rainforests and laboratory analysis of plant functional traits. The fieldwork will be conducted at various sites, with a focus on Bukit Timah Nature Reserve and Central Catchment Nature Reserve. Student will assist with leaf collection in the field. Laboratory work will be conducted at the NUS-Yale Laboratory. Student must be comfortable working in the forests.

Duration: The employment period is from now until December 2019.

Time commitment: The student should expect about 12 hours of work time per week during the non-examination period, with a minimum block of 6 hours required in the field, including traveling time. We are able to accommodate flexible days and time where necessary.

Contact: Please contact Dr. Zuzana Drillet at or phone +65 85544235 for more details.

Position is opened until filled.

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Thu 16 May 2019: 12.00pm @ NUS S1A – Lunch time talk by Dr Ravi Chellam on conservation management of Asiatic Lions of India

Dr Ravi Chellam is in town and we are pleased to have welcomed him to share with us the conservation challenges of the famous Gir Lions of India. The lunch time talk and discussion will be held on Thu 16 May 2019 at NUS. All are welcome – just turn up! 

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The venue is at the S1A Seminar Room, next to LT32 at Science Drive 4. Screenshot 363



Job: Manager/Wildlife Management and Outreach @ NParks (deadline: 05 May 2019)

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NParks is “looking for an enthusiastic and self-motivated individual to join our team of wildlife management specialists. With a focus on preventing wildlife related conflicts, the work scope will range from policy and guideline formulations, industry development, direct conflict interventions and public education efforts.”

See the advertisement at Careers@ Gov here

Remembering Dr Ong Bee Lian with the “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award” (raising funds by 15th Mar 2019)

OBL memorial photoWhen we shared the passing of Dr Ong Bee Lian, former students from over three decades at NUS shared their memories of her inspiring figure, her days in lectures and practicals, and strikingly, her nurturing mentorship and kindness in her various roles as lecturer, administrator, mentor and friend [link].

Now, I am happy to share that Friends of Dr Ong Bee Lian at the Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) & Food Science and Technology Programme (FST), NUS have announced the initiation of a bursary in her name, and invite contributions very fittingly to help needy students in DBS & FST.

Their deadline is 15 Mar 2019.

“The Department of Biological Sciences together with Food Science and Technology Programme are initiating a bursary award for the late Dr Ong Bee Lian. Dr Ong was an exemplary and dedicated educator who was passionate about teaching. She was well liked by all her students, friends and colleagues at DBS as well as FST. She was always caring and constantly instilled enthusiasm for life in others. Her demise was sorely felt by many, though her strength of character and dynamic personality continues to be an inspiration to us all. In remembrance of her, whom we have missed dearly, we hope to name an award after her.

The bursary award will be named “Dr Ong Bee Lian – Department of Biological Sciences (DBS) Bursary Award”.

Please refer to the Appeal Letter for further details: [link]

If you wish to make a donation, please fill up the Gift Form: [link].

You can send the gift form by mail or email to Ms Lee Chooi Lan, Mrs Ang or Ms Sally Soh (email addresses are listed in the Appeal Letter). We hope to receive the funds by 15 March 2019 to qualify for the matching fund claim.

The sum we are trying to raise is only $25K. All donations are eligible for 2.5 times tax exemption.

Every amount makes a difference and it would be greatly appreciated. We look forward to your kind support and generosity to make this possible.

Please help to disseminate this message to friends who may be interested to know more about this worthy cause.

Feel free to contact Chooi Lan, Mrs Ang or Sally if you need clarification.”

Conservation job vacancy: Asian Species Action Partnership Coordinator (apply by 28 Feb 2019)

“ASAP is an inter-institutional Partnership convened by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Species Survival Commission (SSC), which focuses attention on a region that, without more serious conservation intervention, will see the demise of much of its unique diversity. ASAP was established to address the extinction risk among the most threatened land and freshwater vertebrates of Southeast Asia.

We are seeking a self-driven and motivated individual to support the ASAP Partnership. The successful candidate will be passionate about and committed to conservation, flexible and with personal drive and initiative. They will be expected to have knowledge and understanding of conservation issues in Southeast Asia, and enthusiasm for conserving species, building capacity, and engaging with diverse stakeholders across the global conservation community. They will need excellent communication and relationship skills.”

For more details, visit the ASAP webpage.

Job: Full-time Research Assistant for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (6 months; deadline 31 Oct 2018)

The Research Assistant will assist in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris. The role involves mainly assistance in the marine debris monitoring programme, volunteer management and processing of microplastic samples.

The is a 6-month full-time position with monthly pay and remuneration depends on qualification.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in marine debris monitoring programme and workshops.
  • Laboratory-based work involving sorting and identifying of microplastics from sediments.

Job requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field.
  • Able to work on weekends to carry out marine debris monitoring programme.
  • Meticulous, responsible and careful with samples and data management.
  • Good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail is essential.
  • Strong oral, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Any experience in sorting (e.g., macroinvertebrate) is desirable.


  • A good knowledge and experience in marine debris and microplastics.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Good at data management and experience with data analysis.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Ms Joleen Chan at by 31 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified for the interview by mid–Nov 2018.