Temp job: Junior Casual Research Assistant (apply by 31 Jan 2020)

Junior Casual Research Assistant for NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project
2 months position; apply by 31 Jan 2020

The Research Assistant will assist in the NUS‒NParks Marine Debris Project and primarily involve data compilation.

Job requirements:

  1. Minimum ‘A’ level Biology
  2. Familiar with the use of Microsoft Excel and Word.
  3. Strong written, communication, and oral skills.
  4. Meticulous, good organizational skills and able to focus on detail.
  5. Self-motivated and able to work independently.
  6. Must possess a personal laptop.

Desirable – have some knowledge of marine debris and local environmental efforts.

This is a part-time position, with hourly pay dependent upon qualifications and experience.

To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to Ms Joleen Chan (NUS Department of Biological Sciences) at joleen.chan@nus.edu.sg. Shortlisted applicants will be notified for interview by early Feb 2020.

ICCS on Sat 21 Sep 2019 is cancelled; the 6am 1-hour PM2.5 levels are too high

Update, 7am – your ICCS event should not proceed as 1-hour PM2.5 readings are still above acceptable concentrations. ICCS will not be accepting data submissions for this day; safety first!

Dear Organisers, 

6am – I am suggesting Organisers cancel your ICCS event. As of this time, the 1-hour PM 2.5 levels are too high for sustained or strenuous work. 


Although the 1-hour PM2.5 has been declining between 4am – 6am, it may still be relatively high for the rest of the morning. And the NEA Haze Forecast states that “The 24-hr PSI is forecast to range between the high end of the Moderate range and low end of the Unhealthy range, and depending on the wind conditions, may enter the mid-section of the Unhealthy range”. See: https://www.haze.gov.sg

With this available information, we are cancelling the event. 

If you wish to participate on Sat 19 Oct 2019 instead, let us know at: http://tinyurl.com/iccs2019-haze
Or you may contact your zone captain directly. 

All the best and look after your health, everyone!



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

Haze advisory for coastal cleanup Organisers: monitor the 24-hour PSI forecast and the 1-hour PM2.5 hourly levels

Dear Organisers,

Do read and understand the information in these links:

Do adopt these NEA recommendations.

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Individuals who are unhealthy or sensitive to smoke should be advised to opt out of the cleanups even at moderate levels.

If your participants are all healthy individuals,

  1. Examine the 24-hour PSI forecast the previous night to decide if you ahould attempt go ahead.
  • The two paragraphs of the forecast are provided under the headings, “Air Quality” and “Health Advisory”.
  • If forecast is that the levels will be moderate, i.e. < 100 PSI, you can plan to go ahead.
  • On the event day, refer to the 1-hr PM2.5 readings.
    • Only if levels are normal, i.e. < 55 ug/m3, would you consider going ahead.
    • Otherwise, call off the cleanup. 

    The haze is here for sure. The 1-hour PM2.5 readings in the south today were already more than 55ug/m3. If we had a cleanup scheduled, I would have had to cancel it.

    These might be conservative levels at which to cancel an event. This is because a coastal cleanup can be strenuous event, and not all individuals use an N95 mask securely whilst conducting strenuous work. We will not risk a person’s health for coastal cleanup data. As we explain during the workshops, the first principle an Organiser exercises is that of safety.

    Let’s hope for good clear weather!

    Stay safe and all the best!


    Sivasothi aka Otterman
    Coordinator, ICCS

    ICCS Workshop for Organisers (Final Session no. 4)

    We are please to offer a final Workshop for Organisers session on Tue 27 Aug 2019: 7.00pm – 9.30pm. Please register at http://tinyurl.com/iccs-27aug2019workshop by this Friday.

    Workshop topics include:

    1. Marine life in Singapore & Impact of marine trash
    2. How to organise a coastal cleanup
    3. How to use the Data Card and submit data effectively
    4. What Green is your cleanup?
    5. Videos and graphic to share with participants.

    We have 20 places for this workshop; priority for ICCS Organisers but all are welcome – including anyone who is just interested to learn.

    Venue: Seminar Room 2,
    Ridge View Residential College,
    National University of Singapore
    See: https://rvrc.nus.edu.sg/contact-us/

    All the best!


    Sivasothi aka Otterman

    ICCS Workshop

    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.

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

    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!


    Sivasothi aka Otterman
    For the ICCS Otters

    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.


    • 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.