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Application Open: Intern, Every Singaporean A Naturalist (ESN)

Intern, Every Singaporean A Naturalist (ESN)

Internship Period: January – June 2022

Application Period
Posted on: 10 August 2021

Closing on: 30 November 2021

About Nature Society (Singapore) (NSS)
Nature Society (Singapore) 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.

Our Mission:
  • To promote nature awareness and nature appreciation;
  • To advocate conservation of the natural environment in Singapore; and
  • To forge participation and collaboration in local, regional and international efforts in preserving Earth's biodiversity.

Every Singaporean A Naturalist (ESN)
Every Singaporean A Naturalist is NSS’s flagship citizen science project and nature education programme aimed at nurturing hearts and minds for nature, and ultimately lead participants to support advocacy and conservation of the natural environment around us. We do so by engaging and providing opportunities for students, teachers, and eventually the wider public, to explore, learn, understand and grow their love for nature. To date, ESN has engaged a total of 32 schools.

Participating schools receive training to assist in conservation-relevant urban biodiversity monitoring. They are to conduct a 20-minute monitoring session of common species, either nearby or within their school compound, at least once every two weeks for at least a year.

The collected monitoring data are uploaded on the main project page for ESN on iNaturalist. These data are accessible to everyone who are interested in the findings. Participating schools are encouraged to conduct a simple analysis of their findings and present their results at the annual ESN Symposium or in their respective schools. NSS will also conduct an analysis of the findings when there is sufficient data.

Job Roles and Responsibilities

Education & Outreach
    • Assist ESN project officers with training sessions at schools, including the teaching of species identification to students, where necessary.
    • Assist schools with monitoring sessions, including ensuring the following of methodology and identification of species, where necessary.
    • Respond to queries from schools regarding monitoring and uploading of data, if any.
    • Review training and monitoring materials to provide recommendations for improvement. After which, edit and refine training and monitoring materials, where necessary.
  • Assist in event preparation. For example:
o Assess and recommend online platforms and/ or physical sites for events including recce.
o Draft and prepare event information and publicity materials.
o Draft and prepare event forms (registration, submission, feedback, etc.).
  • Assist in event running, including logistics set-up and volunteer management.
    • Content creation, curation, design and follower engagement for social media and website.
    • Content creation and design for school and partner engagement.
    • Analyse collected monitoring data for spatial and temporal trends.
    • Explore environmental awards for schools in Singapore and determine how ESN can help schools fulfil award requirements.


  • Matriculated undergraduate from local or overseas universities
  • Interest in local biodiversity as well as passion for environmental issues and nature conservation
  • Effective team player as well as independent and resourceful self-starter
  • Excellent communication and writing skills
  • Background in Environmental Science/ Studies, Life Science, or related discipline
  • Proven ability to identify common species of birds and butterflies in Singapore
  • Proven event management or teaching (primary to secondary level) experience
  • Design and/ or publicity experience

Application Details
Please follow the instructions listed below. Applications that fail to comply may not be considered.

1. Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to, with “Application for ESN Internship Position” as the email subject line, by the closing date.
2. Applicants should clearly state in their cover letter if this internship will be used to fulfill university credit-bearing internship requirements, where applicable.

NSS will contact applicants regarding their application status within two weeks of closing date. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an interview. NSS will inform shortlisted applicants regarding their application outcome two to three weeks from the interview period, subject to changes.

Allowance and Benefits
During the internship period, the intern will receive an allowance of SGD 20 per working day. This allowance will not be subject to CPF where the internship is used to fulfill university credit requirements.

  • Free participation in NSS events and programmes during the internship period.
  • Reimbursement for transport to offsite venues, where approved by the ESN project officers.

Should you have any enquiries regarding the internship, please contact either of the ESN project officers.

Ms Sung Mei Yee:

Ms Eunice Tan: