Nov 2018 sampling events for NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme – 2nd last sampling @ Lim Chu Kang mangrove!

Are you concerned about marine trash and want to do more than just a cleanup? Then join us in the 2017–2019 NUS–NParks Marine Debris Monitoring Programme!

Join us in the upcoming sampling events for November 2018!
No prior experience is required, just your interest and attention to details and data accuracy! Briefing and sampling supplies would be provided. Please click on the registration link below for details.

Lim Chu Kang Beach and Mangrove, 04 November 2018, Sunday, 3:00pm – 5:30pm: https://marinedebrissampling04nov2018.eventbrite.sg

As each study site is visited every two months and the monitoring programme ends in Feb 2019, this is the second last sampling session for Lim Chu Kang beach and mangrove! So join us next month if you haven’t before but wish to contribute to the study!

What is it about?
It is a citizen science programme that was recently initiated to engage volunteers, schools, and organizations with an interest to survey and collect data on marine debris found on Singapore’s beaches. Click on this link or the tab above to find out more!

What will we collect and why?
Data on both macro-debris (>5 mm) and microplastics (1 – 5 mm) will be collected from six sites every alternate month. These data collected would supplement the annual ICCS data and form the national baseline of marine debris for Singapore which would help inform marine debris management.

How can I get involved?
For individuals who are interested in participating in the data collection exercises, please sign up with this form to receive updates of monthly sampling events.

For schools / organisations, sign up with this form for the programme with 20‒40 participants and you will be guided through the data collection exercise. A research sampling kit and cleanup supplies could be loaned as required

For more information on this programme, please contact Joleen at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg

Thank you for caring for the coastal and marine environment!

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Job: Full-time Research Assistant for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project (6 months; deadline 31 Oct 2018)

The Research Assistant will assist in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project, which involves establishing a national baseline data of marine debris. The role involves mainly assistance in the marine debris monitoring programme, volunteer management and processing of microplastic samples.

The is a 6-month full-time position with monthly pay and remuneration depends on qualification.

The job responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assisting in marine debris monitoring programme and workshops.
  • Laboratory-based work involving sorting and identifying of microplastics from sediments.

Job requirements:

  • An undergraduate degree in Sciences/Biology/Environmental Studies or a biology-related field.
  • Able to work on weekends to carry out marine debris monitoring programme.
  • Meticulous, responsible and careful with samples and data management.
  • Good organizational skills and excellent attention to detail is essential.
  • Strong oral, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  • Any experience in sorting (e.g., macroinvertebrate) is desirable.

Desirable:

  • A good knowledge and experience in marine debris and microplastics.
  • Experience in volunteer management.
  • Good at data management and experience with data analysis.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Ms Joleen Chan at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg by 31 October 2018. Shortlisted applicants will be notified for the interview by mid–Nov 2018.

Join us for a VERY tough cleanup on Sunday 14th October 2018 at Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove!

Dear Friends,

Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove is an important but unprotected mangrove forest in Singapore. Part of the Mandai Mangrove and Mudflats (MMM), this is a 15.4 hectare patch of mangrove swamp in the northwest of Singapore.

On Sunday 14th Oct 2018, with permission from SLA/PCG, the ICCS MMM team (Germaine, Adriane, Airani and Otterman) will be conducting a year-round coastal cleanup in the back mangrove there. We are calling out to experienced, hardy and dedicated coastal cleanups volunteers to join us on this mission!

This site is difficult: we have to be very careful to prevent impact, and a lot of trash is trapped in the thorny and dense vegetation of the back mangrove. There may be snakes, hornets and glass pieces. We will be careful patient and tenacious!

Participants will work as a team to help with the safety, site allocation, site security and coordination of trash transfer.

You must have appropriate footwear to join us as your safety is important.
Details and registration here: https://tinyurl.com/SMK-ICCS2018

All the best!

Cheerio!

Sivasothi


Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
c/o Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore