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We're hiring! Database Manager Position

Information for applications for Database Manager position:

Advertised: 6 Novemeber 2020

Closing Date for applications to reach the NSS Office: Sunday 6 December 2020

The Nature Society (Singapore) or NSS, is a non-government, non-profit organization, registered as a Society and an Institution of a Public Character (Unique Entity Number S61SS0142H). It is dedicated to the appreciation, conservation, study and enjoyment of the natural heritage in Singapore, Malaysia and the surrounding region. Inaugurated in 1954 as the Singapore branch of the Malayan Nature Society, it became the Nature Society (Singapore) in 1991.

The Society is run by its active members. These comprise the Executive Committee, the Council, the Chairpersons and Committees of the various Special Interest Groups and functional Committees and all those who lead, organize or support specific activities. The Society depends financially on subscriptions and donations from its members as well as donations from companies, institutions, foundations and private individuals.

Regular activities for members include guided local nature walks, slide talks and overseas eco-trips. These can be of either general nature interest or of specialist interest such as birds, other vertebrates, butterflies, plants or habitats, such as intertidal or marine zones. A programme of regular island-wide censuses of birds as well as a bird race are annual events. The Society also has monthly Fun with Nature programmes for youngsters aged 5 – 9 years, and a related sponsored programme for schools, the Every Singaporean A Naturalist programme. In addition, the society is at any time involved in a number of projects. These can be book publishing projects, conservation and habitat restoration projects or advocacy to provide feedback to government-linked bodies regarding the effects of proposed developments in or adjacent to nature reserves and nature areas. For such projects specific surveys of birds, mammals, butterflies and other vertebrates and invertebrates are conducted, sometimes independently and sometimes in collaboration with National Parks Board.

In the past the Society successfully persuaded the government to set aside and manage Sungei Buloh as a wetlands nature park, a park which was so successful that it was later enlarged and gazetted as a nature reserve. The Society was also able to stave off, through its Environmental Impact Assessment report, proposals to develop part of the Peirce Forests, in the Central Catchment Nature Reserve, into a golf course. It has relocated corals from several areas in advance of reclamation projects, and it joined with other nature groups to provide information to the government on the rich biodiversity of Chek Jawa, at Pulau Ubin, which led to the government deferring proposed land reclamation. Since the publication in 1990 of the then ground-breaking Master Plan for the Conservation of Nature in Singapore, the Society has continued to produce numerous conservation-oriented and biodiversity-based reports, checklists and guides; an updated edition of this Master Plan is planned for 2020. Since 2013, has been actively involved in the Cross Island Line MRT routing issue, and in 2019 a new book about the Green Rail Corridor was launched; please see our website on this and other recent projects.

NSS has produced a number of important publications by Special Interest Groups of the Society; for 2020 an updated edition of our best-seller Wild Animals of Singapore (2008, reprinted 2012) by the Vertebrate Study Group is scheduled. The Marine Conservation Group has an active rescue and research programme in relation to Horseshoe Crabs at Kranji, which now includes an island-wide annual survey and a tracking project. In November 2008, the Society adopted the Kranji Reservoir within the framework of the PUB ABC Waters scheme. Under this Adoption it has focused on restoration of the marshland and ponds and on nature appreciation activities for the general public in the area close to Neo Tiew Lane 2. The Bird Group of the Society has adopted the Lorong Halus Wetlands. The Conservation Committee has also recently been active in the conservation of freshwater ponds at Lorong Halus and green areas of the Tengah development.



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.

Roles & Responsibilities

Traineeship Description

This position involves designing, creating and maintaining databases of past data sets of plant and animal surveys, with opportunities in app development. It will also involve working with various special interest groups (SIG) within the Nature Society, and integrating the different needs of each group into a cohesive and user-friendly database(s). A keen interest in nature is highly appreciated.

Specific Responsibilities

Individual to be involved in:

1. Creating relational databases for documenting wildlife survey observations

2. Working with leaders of various SIGs to collate and organise data

3. Providing clear plans and timelines of how each goal can be achieved in consultation with SIG leaders

Technical Skills and Competencies

1. Lead discussions on database design and implementation, both online and offline

2. Create database for all NSS wildlife sightings

3. Enhance fluency in SQL, PHP, C++, Python and other open-source database related languages


This is an entry level position.

Monthly salary: $2,200 - $2,900*


- Depends on qualification and experience.


Applications should send the following by Sunday 6 December 2020.

1. Cover Letter detailing their particular interest in the position and expected monthly salary.

2. Cirriculum 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:

Please write "Application for Database Manager 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 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.


Shawn Lum,


Nature Society (Singapore)

On behalf of the Executive Committee.