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Be a Nature Mentor for ESN Programme!

NSS-ESN Mentorship Programme

The Every Singaporean A Naturalist (ESN) is a new initiative by the Nature Society (Singapore) [NSS] that aims to provide school students and eventually the community with a hands-on conservation experience to deepen their appreciation and knowledge of nature.

With the successful engagement of 20 schools, we aim to increase the reach of the ESN programme to at least 30 schools by mid-2020. As our project continues to grow, we are looking for passionate volunteers to assist us and mentor the schools.

Join us as an NSS Nature Mentor to inspire and nurture the next generation as future ambassadors of our natural environment and heritage. Training will be provided to equip Nature Mentors with the knowledge and skills required.

Responsibilities of NSS Nature Mentors:

For new mentors,

  • Mentor the students during their bi-weekly or weekly 20-minute monitoring sessions. Help them master their species identification over the weeks.
  • Follow up with the school’s monitoring and data uploading progress.
  • Support the teachers in their familiarisation with the usage of our resource package.

In addition, for seasoned mentors with more than a year of experience,

  • Conduct training on the monitoring methodology and species identification for the students and teachers when necessary.
  • Conduct guided Nature Walks in their school, nearby garden/park or nature reserve.


  • Preferably an NSS member
  • Has a keen interest in nature conservation and education
  • Enjoy working in the outdoors and with school students
  • Willingness to learn and impart your knowledge and skills
  • A team player as you will be working with the ESN Project Officer, the school teachers and possibly the other Nature Mentors
  • Able to attend the mandatory introductory briefing and training sessions when required
  • Able to commit to one school for at least one semester, preferably a year

o   Available on at least one weekday per week as schools conduct their bi-weekly or weekly ESN activities during their CCA or school hours (on the same day of each week).

o   The duration of each visit may vary from 0.5 to 2 hours.

o   No sessions nearer to and during school examination period and during the school holiday.

Upcoming Dates (Mandatory)

·       22 Jun 2019, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, NSS Office

o   Introductory Briefing Part 1*

o   Bird Identification Training (optional for experts)

·       29 Jun 2019, 9.00 am to 1.00 pm, NSS Office

o   Introductory Briefing Part 2*

o   Butterfly Identification Training (optional for experts)

·       Jul to Nov 2019

o   Visit the school on a bi-weekly or weekly basis for their ESN activities which include training, monitoring and etc.

·       Aug to Oct 2019

o   Field Training by NSS Bird Group (priority for Nature Mentors assisting in the 35th Singapore Bird Race on 17 Nov 2019)

*More information to be provided nearer to date.

Keen to join us as an NSS Nature Mentor? Sign up here today!

For further enquiries, please feel free to get in touch with us at