We're hiring! Research Assistant Position

[Update: Due to the no. of applications we received for the position, the deadline has been brought forward to 30 April.]

Information for applications for available job position:


Advertised: 21 April 2021


Position: Research Assistant


Closing Date for applications to reach the NSS Office: 30 Apr 2021


Work Type: Contract (Part-time)



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 the Vertebrate Study Group

The Nature Society (Singapore) Vertebrate Study Group is a relatively young special interest group of the Nature Society (Singapore). It was formed in 1993 by a few members with a shared interest in the higher animals.


Vertebrates are animals with back-bones and comprise mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. However, as birds and marine fish are covered by other special interest groups within the society, the Vertebrate Study Group primarily covers the remaining vertebrates - mammals, reptiles, amphibian and freshwater fish. Thus, this special interest group is vital in removing any bias in the study of our fauna.


The primary goal of this group lies in the research and field studies of vertebrates locally, as well as in the surrounding region. We firmly believe that in order to better understand, conserve and protect our native fauna, updated data is a prerequisite. To date, we have carried out detailed and initial field studies at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, Central Catchment Nature Reserve, Pulau Ubin, Pulau Tekong, Pulau Besar, Sentosa, Khatib Bongsu and Sungei Mandai Mangrove as well as at Pulau Bintan, Indonesia and Panti forest Reserve, Malaysia. Study reports have been or are being prepared for all these localities.



Position Details

The Nature Society (Singapore) Vertebrate Study Group seeks a part-time research assistant to geo-reference records of sightings and roadkills of the Sunda Pangolin across Singapore.



Duties & Responsibilities:

The successful applicant will be assisting and working with the appointed supervisor from our Vertebrate Study Group for the completion of this study. Duties include but not limited to:


·       Assist with the collation of pangolin records from the society, institutions, and relevant authorities.

·   Geo-reference records and use geographic information system (GIS) to manage and map pangolin records.

·       Update stakeholders on project progress and findings.

·       Any adhoc tasks as determined by the supervisor



· A responsible individual who is familiar with Singapore, biodiversity and has some knowledge about mapping.

· Adept at the use of productivity software such as MS Office Suite and Google Workspace (specific technical and on-the-job training will be provided).

· Have access to a working computer with internet connection.
· Above 18 years old and able to work independently.




This is a part-time position. An estimated commitment of 20 hours per week or equivalent over four months.

Remuneration rate: S$10 per hour




Applicants should send the following by 30 Apr 2021:

·  Cover Letter detailing their interest in the position.
·  Curriculum Vitae with contact and personal details, highlighting relevant education, experiences, and skills.
·  Two references with full contact details of the referees.
·  Email to Ms. Bee Choo at


Please write “Application for Research Assistant Position” on the email Subject line.