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We're hiring! Every Singaporean A Naturalist (ESN) Project Officer Position

Information for applications for available job position:

Advertised: 18 January 2021

Position: ESN Project Officer

Closing Date for applications to reach the NSS Office: 15 February 2021

Work Type: Contract/Permanent

About Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS):

The Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS is a non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study, and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia, and the surrounding region. It is a registered society in Singapore under the Societies Act, Cap. 311, and an Institution of a Public Character (Unique Entity Number: S61SS0142H).

NSS is one of Singapore's oldest non-government organisations. Inaugurated in 1954 as the Singapore branch of the Malayan Nature Society, it became the Nature Society (Singapore) in 1991. For over half a century, NSS was the lone voice speaking for Singapore's natural heritage treasures – a foundation pillar supporting civil society in Singapore.

NSS is run by its active members, and depends financially on subscriptions from all its members as well as donations from companies, institutions, and individuals.

Visit this link to find out more about our mission, what we do, and what we have achieved to date.


NSS operates from an office at 510 Geylang Road, #02-05 The Sunflower, Singapore 389466, and at present employs three full-time staff.

About Every Singaporean A Naturalist (ESN):

Every Singaporean A Naturalist or ESN is NSS’s flagship citizen science project and nature education programme to provide students and teachers, and eventually the wider public in Singapore, with a hands-on conservation experience to deepen their appreciation and knowledge of nature. The goal is to make every Singaporean a naturalist who cares about, loves, and protects nature.

Since 2018, NSS has been successful in engaging students and teachers in schools through ESN. We equip students and teachers with knowledge and skills to assist us in long-term urban biodiversity monitoring. In doing so, we empower them to become confident ambassadors and inspiring educators of our natural heritage. ESN has since expanded to 27 schools today and is still growing.

We conduct workshops for students and teachers on nature and nature conservation in Singapore. We train them to identify and monitor the urban biodiversity in their school, and to collect and contribute data to our ongoing citizen science project on iNaturalist. To date, our student naturalists have recorded 1,981 observations of 187 species.

Visit this link to find out more about the ESN programme.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will be assisting and working with the current ESN Project Officer on the day-to-day management, implementation, and strategic planning of the ESN programme. Duties include but not limited to:

· Creating and improving explanatory materials to introduce and promote ESN to new schools and, later, community groups.
· Recruiting new schools and, later, community groups as participants of ESN.
· Creating and improving ESN training and workshop materials for use by participants.
· Conducting ESN training (on monitoring methodology and species identification, etc.) and workshops (on nature and nature conservation in Singapore, etc.) for participants.
· Creating and improving ESN education and monitoring materials for use by participants.
· Assisting participants with ESN monitoring and the analysis of data as needed.
· Maintaining the front-end of the database management system used to store ESN monitoring data (iNaturalist).
· Ensuring ESN becomes a sustainable part of the schools and, later, community groups.
· Administrating and improving the ESN Skills Achievement Programme to award and certify participants.
· Managing the NSS Mentorship Programme to recruit and train members of the public and/or NSS members as Nature Mentors for participants.
· Conceptualising, planning, and organising ESN activities and events as enrichment for the participants. For example, Colouring Contest, Online Speaker Series, Sharing Session/Symposium, etc.
· Liaising with the NSS Member Programme and Outreach Officer, Committees, and Special Interest Groups to integrate participants into NSS activities and events (e.g., Singapore Bird Race) and/or to organise nature walks for participants.
· Maintaining and updating ESN social media accounts (e.g., Instagram) and webpages (e.g. Google Site, NSS website, etc.) to engage participants outside of training and monitoring hours.
· Creating content for media platforms. For example, articles for ESN webpages, NSS Nature News and Nature Watch Magazine, posts for ESN social media accounts, etc.
· Organising feedback or feedback events to evaluate and improve performance of ESN.

· Arranging and attending meetings with the ESN Working Group and NSS Exco for major decision-making and strategic planning.
· Preparing monthly progress report for the ESN Working Group and NSS Exco.
· Preparing proposal, including annual budget, and periodic progress report, and providing liaison with external donors who support ESN.

· Assisting the NSS Secretariat with ad hoc tasks as needed.
· Attending occasional overseas conferences, workshops, etc., as needed.
· Explaining and promoting ESN to the BirdLife Partners and other audiences and stakeholders as needed.


· Preferably a degree in Environmental Science, Life Science, or any other related discipline.
· Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills with the ability to influence and motivate others. Enjoy working with people.
· Confident with public speaking and has good presentation skills to engage a variety of audiences (e.g., donors, teachers, students, etc.).
· A creative, organised, resourceful team player who can work independently and multitask.
· Comfortable in taking a lead role in evaluating the performance and progress of the programme and making recommendations for its improvement.
· Having any of the following will be considered favourably:
Experience in leading collaboration and partnership with schools.
Experience in nature education and outreach.
Experience in using various mediums to create education and training materials.
Familiarity with internet and web-based media.
· Has a keen interest in nature conservation/education/outreach and enjoy working in an outdoor environment.
· Willingness to learn about local biodiversity and conservation concerns.
· Willingness to work on weekends as needed.


This is an entry level position. Monthly salary of $2,200 to $3,300 depending on experience and qualification.


Applicants should send the following by 15 Feb 2021:

· Cover Letter detailing their interest in the position and expected monthly salary.
· Curriculum Vitae with contact and personal details, highlighting relevant education, experiences, and skills.
· Two references with full contact details of the referees.

Hard copies to Sung Mei Yee, Nature Society (Singapore), 510 Geylang Road, #02-05 The Sunflower, Singapore 389466.

Soft copies to

Please write “Application for ESN Project Officer Position” on the top right-hand corner of the envelope or email subject line.