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Eco-Education Volunteer Coordinator

Location: Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

Category: Marine Conservation, Teaching & Environmental Education

Job Type: Internship

Contract Length:  9 Months 

Application Closing Date: 30th November

Start Date: 4th February 2019

Enjoy working with people and fancy living Island life? If you’re great at building relationships, organisation, and are looking to gain experience in people management with conservation and community development thrown in, this is the role for you.

What’s in it for you?

Wake up to the scent of the fresh ocean air at our Perhentian Eco-Education Project based in the stunning Island of Perhentian Kecil. Develop your leadership skills by taking charge of our volunteer experience and coordinating their weekly activities. Work within a dedicated team, promote sustainable tourism practices and help share our passion for protecting our natural world.

Skills for your CV

  • Volunteer management; responsible for small group of volunteers on a weekly basis
  • Leadership and organisation skills to ensure activities are coordinated in an efficient and timely fashion
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to build rapport with ease
  • Problem solving, using initiative and creativity
  • Experience in sustainable tourism development
  • Knowledge of marine conservation and environmentally friendly practices
  • Ability to work under pressure and adaptability to changing situations
  • Efficient administrative skills and producing project reports and analysis
  • Financial management; budget proposals, expenditure reports and documentation


  • Accommodation included in your admin fee based at our house in Perhentian Kecil. You’ll stay with the other project interns allowing you to mix with some wonderful people.
  • Free food! You’ll get access to communal staff food at each project base where you’ll cook alongside other interns. Feel free to treat yourself to some local Malaysia cuisine too, particularly around the village
  • An additional allowance of RM250 per month after 6 months, if you commit to a longer term internship
  • Free Wifi access at Ecoteer house project site
  • One day off per week plus 4 consecutive days off per month during project season
  • All work related expenses (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from Malaysia if required)
  • Written reference letter upon completion of internship. We’ll do our best to help you land your dream job

What we need from you

To apply for this role you’ll need to meet a few requirements and be committed to ensure our volunteers have a fantastic experience. You can also find out a bit more about the role itself by reading about the duties you’ll be completing throughout the internship.


  • Excellent organisation and planning skills and ability to meet set deadlines
  • Ability to motivate volunteers when in challenging environments and listen and offer support at times when they may be struggling or conflict
  • An interest and passion for conservation. As part of your role you’ll educate our volunteers and impart knowledge to them surrounding important conservation issues in the area
  • Team player but willing to work individually at times
  • Good water safety awareness and confidence
  • Confident communicator, comfortable with presenting to groups
  • First aid training is desirable but basic training can be provided on arrival

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Be the first point of the contact for volunteers. Contact the volunteers at least 2 weeks prior to their arrival to confirm travel arrangements and answer any questions they may have
  • Organise and facilitate weekly volunteer activities: teaching school classes and clubs, snorkel tours, beach cleans, Malay dinners and Kuih making etc.
  • Provide a programme introduction for volunteers outlining objectives and expectations complete with relevant safety briefings and ensure all applicable forms are signed and recorded
  • Develop presentations to introduce volunteers to key subjects e.g. coral and local marine wildlife
  • Deliver water confidence training sessions with all volunteers (of varying abilities) and teach volunteers about responsible snorkelling. Ensure the safety of volunteers at all times taking necessary precautions such as life jackets if required
  • Assist and guide volunteers through the collection of data from selected snorkel sites to report to Coral Watch
  • Work with fellow interns and volunteers to deliver school clubs and classes and any other jobs or events that may arrise
  • Maintain first aid kit supplies and ensure all equipment is kept in working conditions
  • Ensure the project house is kept clean & tidy with the help of our volunteers through daily chores on a rota basis
  • Capture photos and videos of our volunteers where possible and assist with updating the projects social media channels. Writing blogs may also be required
  • Report to the project leader and collaborate with other interns where necessary, maintaining open communication at all times
  • Collect and record feedback from volunteers and regularly review the programme to maximise volunteer experience and produce reports when requested by the project manager
  • Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion
  • Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues
  • Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer
  • Any other duties that may be required including; helping with group events, cover for colleague’s leave and illness, providing adequate notice of travel arrangements (work related or personal)

How To Apply

Please submit your CV and Cover Letter to

For more information or if you have any further questions about the role please email

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To get a real idea about the Eco-Education Project that you’ll be working on. Have a look at the video with project manager Naquiah below.
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