International Coastal Cleanup Singapore (Sat 21 Sep 2019): Registration for Organisers is open!

Greetings Organisers!

International Coastal Cleanup will be conducted around the world on Sat 21st Sep 2019

The International Coastal Cleanup is the annual data-gathering exercise held on the 3rd Saturday of September. It is coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy globally and it has been conducted in Singapore since 1992. This year, the tides are suitable for us to conduct the exercise with the rest of the world on Saturday, 21st September 2019.

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Organisers, register here

Invitation to Organisers to register

We invite Organisers to register and indicate your preferred sites and dates.

The ICCS team will review applications in end-May, end-June and end-July. All sites have limits to participants based on terrain, size and impact. Sites are allocated based on the site difficulty level, the Organiser’s familiarity with the site, experience at managing cleanups, their volunteer’s age group and preparedness, and the date of your registration.

Organisers will be notified of the results by email.

Registrations will close at the end of July.

Workshops for Organisers in June and July

Workshops for Organisers and their assistants will be conducted by ICCS Zone Captains at NUS in July. These 2.5 hour workshops will provide Organisers with a grasp of marine life and marine trash issues globally and in Singapore, discuss the various steps in organising a coastal cleanup and allow Organisers to arrange for site recces with their zone captains.

Anyone who needs help in reviewing the site, conducting the safety assessment checklists must attend. While critical for new Organisers, the workshops can serve as a refresher for veterans who would contribute to the group discussions with peers.

The workshop registration options will be sent to registered Organisers in May. We will offer a sufficient number of sessions for all to attend.

Organising coastal cleanups on other dates, without data collection

If you are interested in conducting a year-round cleanup at other times of the year (without data collection), please examine the options listed at this page with several wonderful local groups: http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg/yearround/

Thank you for your interest in caring for the environment!

N. Sivasothi
Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg
c/o Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

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Call for Volunteer Zone Captains for ICCS (briefing on Wed 8th May 2019)

Dear friends,

We are assembling a new team to coordinate the International Coastal Cleanup Singapore, the annual data-gathering exercise in September which involves some 3,500 volunteers led by more than 70 organisations who will fan out to sites all around Singapore to collect, categorise and dispose of marine trash.  

Our hardworking Volunteer Zone Captains conduct site recces, recce reports, lease with Organisers, site allocations, training workshops  and public education through roadshows. We are briefing interested individuals to explain the process and details of how we organise this annual data-gathering exercise on Wed 8th May 2019: 7pm – 9pm.

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible individuals who are keen to help coordination as Zone or Site Captains. For an idea of the commitment required, please see the tentative 2019 calendar.

Please sign up with this form by Friday 3rd May 2019 and we’ll get in touch!

All the best!

Cheerio!

Sivasothi aka Otterman
For the ICCS Otters
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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

Join us for a VERY tough cleanup? Sat 9th June 2018, the Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove cleanup

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.

Midday of Sat 9 June 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!

Sungei Mandai Kechil mangrove trash

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 have to be well protected, very 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: http://tinyurl.com/mmm-09jun2018

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

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International Coastal Cleanup Singapore 2018 – Registration for Organisers is open!

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Greetings Organisers!

ICCS will be conducted on Sat 15th Sep 2018

The International Coastal Cleanup coordinated by the Ocean Conservancy is the data-gathering exercise held every September. Held in Singapore since 1992, we will conduct the exercise this year on the international date of the third Saturday in September – 15 Sep 2018.

Invitation to Organisers to register

We invite Organisers to register and to indicate your preferred sites and dates.

The ICCS team will review applications in end-May, end-June and end-July. Sites are allocated based on your familiarity with the site, your experience with ICCS, the site difficulty level and and your volunteer preparation, and the date of registration.

You will be informed by email.

Registrations will close at the end of July.

Workshops for Organisers in July

Workshops for Organisers and their assistants will be conducted by ICCS Zone Captains at NUS in July. Anyone who needs help in reviewing the site recce and safety assessment checklists must attend. While critical for new Organisers, the workshops can serve as a refresher for veterans who would contribute to the group discussions with peers.

You can choose ONE of three dates to attend the workshop – from Thu 05 Jul, Thu 12 Jul or Thu 19 Jul 2018. Please indicate your interest in the July workshop and we will re-confirm closer to the date. Should we open up more dates, we will make these available to you as well.

Other dates

If you are interested in conducting a cleanup at other times of the year (without data collection), please examine the options at this page: https://coastalcleanup.wordpress.com/year-round-cleanups/

Thank you for your interest in caring for the environment!

N. Sivasothi
Coordinator,
International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
http://coastalcleanup.nus.edu.sg
c/o Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
& Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore

Call for volunteer site captains to join the ICCS Otters team! [apply by 10 May 2018]

The International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore coordinators are searching for motivated individuals who can help with the annual data gathering event in September.

The ICCS Otters are a dedicated team who have been coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore for more than a decade. We work with Organisers from more than 70 organisations and institutions who lead some 3,500 volunteers to the beach and mangroves of Singapore in September.

iccsottersVolunteer Site Captains will help ICCS Zone Captains with coordination which involves:

  • site recces to evaluate trash load and safety issues,
  • updating recce reports,
  • liaisoning with and training Organisers through meetings and workshops,
  • allocation of sites for the September cleanups and
  • site supervision on the day of the cleanup event.

You must be able to commit to the five meetings and four field trips listed in the 2018 Calendar.

We keep meetings and emails to a minimum in order to sustain this effort alongside our regular jobs long-term. So to work with us, you need to be responsive and dedicated.

If you fit the bill and can make the dates, sign up here to join the ICCS Otters and we will be in touch!

Please apply by Thu 10 May 2018.

Thanks for caring for the environment!