Volunteering with ICCS

We have been coordinating the International Coastal Cleanup in Singapore for more than a decade. This involves working with more than 60 organisations every year, who send some 4,000 volunteers out to beaches and mangroves around Singapore.

We are looking for enthusiastic and responsible individuals who can assist operations on the ground as capable Site Buddies at various coastal areas around Singapore and help with coordination as Site Captains.

Please sign up with this form and we’ll get in touch!

The 2014 calendar

This would involve about ten days in total, between March and September.

All meetings usually from 7.00pm – 10.00pm at NUS; field trips at various locations, usually 8.00am-12.00pm.


  • Sat 25 Jan 2014 – The ICCS 2013 Debrief
  • Tue 18 Feb 2014 – Zone Captain recruitment (SS)
  • Wed 19 Feb 2014 – recruitment and registration begins (SS)
  • Feb – Mar: Site Recces by Zone Captains

Site Allocation Exercises

  • Fri 21 Mar 2014 – Site Allocation Exercise I & Meet new volunteers
  • Fri 25 Apr 2014 – Site Allocation Exercise II & Meet new volunteers
  • Fri 23 May 2014 – Site Allocation Exercise III

Training and Preparation

  • Fri 27 Jun 2014 – Workshop Preparation & Site Allocation Exercise IV
  • Wed 02 – Fri 04 Jul 2014 – Workshop For Organisers, Sessions 1-3: 7.00pm – 9.00pm
  • Sat – Sun, 12 – 13 Jul 2014 – Festival of Biodiversity @ Vivocity
  • Sat 26 Jul 2014 – Zone Captain Site Recces w/Organisers (at high difficulty sites)

Pre-ICCS Lecture and Cleanup event

  • Sat 02 Aug 2014 – ICCS Public Lecture (open to public)
  • Sat 09 Aug 2014 – National Day Cleanup (open to public)

International Coastal Cleanup Singapore

  • Sat 13 Sep 2014 (8.00am – 12.00pm) – ICCS (Sembawang tides: 0.80m–7:35am; 3.22m–2:10pm)
  • Sat 13 Sep 2014 (2.00pm – 6.00pm) – ICCS Data and Photo Processing
  • Sat 20 Sep 2014 – ICCS (Sembawang tide:s 2.52m–9:56am; 1.66 m–2:57pm)
  • Sat 27 Sep 2014 – ICCS Debrief 2014

Our working style

We have been coordinating and organising cleanups since 1997, and we work hard but efficiently. We manage a national cleanup with just a few planning days and do not bury ourselves in emails in the process.

We do pay attention to deadlines though! So this is not a task for the half-hearted.

If you are able, you will enjoy working alongside a dedicated and knowledgeable team, all volunteers themselves.

Sign up with us!

If this is what you have been looking for, and are able to commit to the days, we would love to have you work with us.

Please sign up with this form and we’ll get in touch!

Is that all, I want to do more!

Site Buddies who enjoy the process and the company of the dedicated volunteers of the ICCS and want to do more can go on to be Site and Zone Captains which include planing, administration and coordination roles.

There are also roles in educations, recces, volunteer management and more. See the current list of coordinators called the ICCS Otters.

Take your time to decide on additional roles. We don’t overwork ourselves but operate at a manageable pace that allows to sustain our efforts for many years.

Thank you for caring for the planet!

Sivasothi a.k.a. Otterman
Coordinator, International Coastal Cleanup Singapore
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
Department of Biological Sciences
National University of Singapore


ICCS Kelly

Kelly ICCS

Independent sign-ups in July.
“Independents” are highly motivated individuals who sign up to participate in the cleanup on the event day in September only. They want to do something for the environment so search the net and find us. We put them into areas with a Site Captain and they enjoy the company of other motivated individuals and do an exceptional job each year.

Site allocation and other details are only announced in August so join the mailing list to be notified when the appointments are released. Just send an empty email to iccs-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. It’s a low volume list on which we post about 10 emails annually.

Thank you for caring for the environment!

ICCS Otters with Toddycats at Berlayar Creek mangroves, 2012

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