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We're hiring! Reforestation Officer Position


Advertised: 09 December 2021

Closing Date for applications to reach the NSS Office: Monday, 31 January 2022

Introduction
Established in 1954, the Nature Society (Singapore) is a volunteer-led, non-government, non-profit organisation dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study, and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia, and the surrounding region.

What We Do
    •    Engage the authorities and campaign for the protection of nature areas
    •    Contribute to regional and transboundary conservation efforts
    •    Conduct nature appreciation activities, conservation projects and biodiversity surveys
    •    Collaborate with schools and community groups

Conservation Success
Some of our successful advocacy efforts include the conservation of:
    •    2020: Sungei Khatib Bongsu
    •    2018: Mandai Mangroves and Mudflats
    •    2014: Kranji Marshes
    •    2011: Green Rail Corridor
    •    1993: Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
    •    1992: Staved off plans to develop part of Peirce Reservoir into a golf course

Awards
    •    Charity Transparency Award (2016 - 2019)
    •    SeaKeeper Award (2017)
    •    Charity Governance Award (2016)

Secretariat
The Society operates from an Office at The Sunflower at 510 Geylang Road, i.e. the corner of Lorong 28, Geylang, and at present employs three-full time staff. Some specific tasks such as the production of the quarterly Nature Watch magazine are contracted to individual members.

Job Description of Reforestation Officer Position

1. Create and maintain a supply chain of tree saplings for tree planting activities

2.  Work closely with sponsors, NParks, NSS staff and volunteers and various stakeholders at every stage of the supply chain and program, including quarterly reports to keep track of progress

3. Attend monthly council meetings and give updates

4. Organize seed collection, germination, repotting, tree planting and monitoring activities with the above-mentioned entities

5. Source and plan for suitable nursing and planting sites along the Rail Corridor North for seedlings and saplings

6. Learn and apply ecological knowledge of plant species to the supply chain and eventual planting

7. Plan for and execute tree monitoring activities after planting

Requirements
1. Diploma or degree in horticulture or ecology preferred

2. Experience in growing outdoor plants strongly preferred

3. Good organizational and communication skills, and experience in project management strongly preferred

4. Arrange regular meetings with NSS committee, sponsors and NParks to provide timely updates about progress of program

5. Be spontaneous in sourcing for plants and caring for seedlings and saplings

6. Ensure maximum survival of plants

Administrative Details
a) To increase efficiency and to ensure that the staff is fully informed, the Reforestation Officer will attend the monthly Exco/Council Meetings on the second Tuesday evening of each month, from 7.30 pm.

b) The initial appointment would be on a three-months probationary period, with the option of extending this to 12 months, if necessary. The position would operate with one month’s notice on either side, both before and after the probationary period. Further terms and conditions will be discussed with selected candidates.

c) It is expected that applicants for this position would have good interpersonal and communication skills and be able to use their initiative. It is also expected that they would have a strong commitment to nature and biodiversity conservation in particular, and to wider, related environmental issues. Existing or former members of the Society are welcome to apply. We are open to applicants with a wide range of education, training, work or volunteer experiences. Applicants are free to tell us of all their skills and capacities which they feel may be of use in the position or to the Society, and we are open to an applicant with specific skills who might discuss with us a recasting of the appointment.

d) Short-listed applicants may expect to attend in-person interviews.

e) Monthly salary between $2,400 - $3,500, depending on experience.

APPLICATIONS
Applicants should send the following by Monday 31 January 2022:

1. Cover letter detailing their particular interest in the position and expected monthly salary.
2. Curriculum Vitae (CV) with contact and personal details, highlighting relevant education, experiences and skills.
3. Two references with full contact details of the referees.

Hard copies to: Kerry Pereira, Nature Society (Singapore), 510 Geylang Road, #02-05 The Sunflower, Singapore 389466.
Soft copies to: kerry@nss.org.sg.

Please write “Application for Reforestation Officer Position” on the top right-hand corner of the envelope or email subject line.
Further information on the Society and its activities can be found on the main website www.nss.org.sg and the linked webpages, websites and blogs of various Special Interest Groups and Committees.

Thank you for your interest.
We sincerely thank all applicants in advance for their interest. We will do our best to respond to all applicants.

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