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

Information for applications for available job position:

Advertised: 8 Oct 2021

Position: NSS ESN Project Officer

Job 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 four 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 aimed at nurturing hearts and minds. We do so by engaging and providing opportunities for students, teachers, and eventually the wider public, with opportunities to contribute as citizen scientists and 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, we have been equipping 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 32 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 3,448 observations of 299 species.

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

Duties & Responsibilities
The successful applicant will be working alongside the current NSS ESN Project Officer on:

1) Strategic Planning
  • Co-lead the strategic planning of the programme, including biennial review of its goals, key performance indicators (KPIs), and key components.
  • Co-lead strategic discussions with the NSS Executive Committee (Exco) and the ESN Working Group on key decisions and milestones of the programme.
  • Co-lead the roadmap for the expansion of the programme to community groups, including businesses, community clubs, etc.
  • Design methods for measuring KPIs and consolidate data to assess and evaluate the performance of the programme.
  • Drive key components by designing, planning, and organising activities and events aligned to the goals of the programme.
2) Stakeholder Engagement

a) With Participants/Partners (Schools and, later, Community Groups)
  • Recruit new schools and community groups, as partners of the programme.
  • Conduct ESN training and workshops for participants, and assist with ESN monitoring and the analysis of data where necessary.
  • Follow up with partners on enquiries, monitoring and data uploading, and activities and events registration if any.
  • Maintain communication channels and prepare communication materials for partners (e.g., Google Site, WhatsApp, newsletters, termly updates, social media platforms).
  • Administer the ESN Skills Achievement Programme for participants.
  • Build rapport with partners to ensure continued engagement and sustained interest.
  • Establish an ESN community/network for participants and partners.
b) With Volunteers (ESN Nature Mentors)
  • Manage the ESN Mentorship Programme, including recruitment, training, and deployment.
  • Build rapport with volunteers to ensure continued engagement.
  • Design, plan, and organise activities and events for community building among volunteers.
c) With Funders and Sponsors
  • Prepare funding proposal for the programme, including annual budget.
  • Prepare periodic progress reports on the programme for funders and sponsors.
  • Establish and maintain effective partnerships with funders and sponsors for collective benefit.
d) Within NSS
  • Prepare brief monthly progress updates on the programme for reporting at NSS Exco/Council meetings.
  • Prepare content on the programme as required (e.g., features in NSS Nature News Newsletter and/or Nature Watch magazine).
  • Liaise with the NSS Exco, Committees, Special Interest Groups, and other Secretariat staff to provide opportunities for ESN participants/partners to attend and be involved in NSS activities and events (e.g., Singapore Bird Race).
3) Programme Improvement
  • Create or improve on explanatory materials to promote the programme to potential ESN participants/partners.
  • Create or improve on resource materials (e.g., for education, monitoring, training, and workshop) for ESN participants/partners to use throughout the programme.
  • Maintain the user-facing front of the database/platform (iNaturalist) used to collect ESN monitoring data.
4) Others
  • Assist the NSS Secretariat where necessary and within capacity.
  • Represent NSS at local and overseas conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
  • Promote the programme to Birdlife Partners and other audiences as required.

a) Background
  • Minimum 2-3 years of work experience, with strong communication, project management, and volunteer management skills.
  • Having any of the following will be considered favourably:
▪ Experience in strategic planning and stakeholder engagement.
▪ Experience in leading collaboration and partnership with community groups and/or schools.
▪ Experience in nature education and outreach.
▪ Experience in using various mediums to create education and training materials.
▪ Degree in Environmental Science, Life Science, or related discipline.
b) Skills
  • Strong analytical, process design, and problem-solving skills, comfortable in co-leading assessment and evaluation of the performance of the programme.
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and writing skills, capable of influencing and motivating others.
  • Confident with public speaking for a variety of audiences.
c) Traits
  • A creative, organised, resourceful, and self-directed team player who can work independently with minimal guidance and multitask.
  • Keen interest in local biodiversity and nature conservation, nature education and outreach, and enjoy working in an outdoor environment.
  • Willingness to work on weekends as required.

Monthly salary of $2,200 to $3,300 depending on experience and qualification.

Applicants should submit the following by 15 Nov 2021:
• Cover Letter detailing their interest in the position and expected monthly salary.
• Resume with contact and personal details, highlighting relevant education, experiences, and skills.
• Two references with full contact details of the referees.
For hard copy submission, mail to Sung Mei Yee, Nature Society (Singapore), 510 Geylang Road, #02-05 The Sunflower, Singapore 389466.

For soft copy submission, email to

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