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Perhentian Ecotourism Leader

Location: Perhentian Kecil, Malaysia

Category: Tourism & Community Engagement

Job Type: Internship

Contract Length:  3-9 Months 

Application Closing Date: 30th November

Start Date: 4th February 2019

The Perhentian Islands are becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination. The Perhentian Eco-Education Project are committed to work with the island community to ensure these increased tourist activities are sustainable. This includes delivering eco-snorkel tours that promote responsible snorkelling, community and village tours, local cooking classes and managing waste responsibly. Help develop and promote these activities to a wider audience as an Ecotourism Leader.

What’s in it for you?

Based in Perhentian Kecil at our Eco Education and Community project, this role gives you the opportunity to impact the local community and promote sustainable tourism practices as the island continues to grow in popularity as a tourist destination. Plus there are a whole load more benefits to be seen below.

Skills for your CV

  • Excellent communication skills used to educate, influence and inform
  • Efficient organisation and planning skills 
  • Time management and meeting deadlines
  • Good at building rapport and relationships with stakeholders
  • Effective people management skills, coordinating meetings and organising schedules
  • Knowledge and enthusiasm for conservation and sustainable tourism
  • Adaptability, flexibility and problem solving to overcome challenges


  • Accommodation included in your admin fee based at Ecoteer 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 from 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 four consecutive days off per month during project season
  • All work related expenses (Unfortunately this doesn’t include your travel to or from Malaysia)
  • 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 and passionate to engaging with the local Perhentian community and promoting sustainable tourism practices. Find out a bit more about the role itself by reading about the duties you’ll be completing throughout the internship.


  • Keen interest in sustainable tourism and community development
  • Excellent communication skills and confident public speaker
  • Excellent level of English, verbal and written. Knowledge of Bahasa Malay desirable but not essential
  • Highly organised and ability to work to a schedule
  • Team player but also comfortable working independently
  • Comfortable working with children
  • Interest to host and interact with tourists
  • Efficient time management skills and ability to work to deadlines
  • Flexible and adaptable. Ability to use initiative
  • Knowledge of the work of the Perhentian Eco-Education Project in Malaysia
  • Interest in conservation and sustainability
  • IT competency

Key duties and responsibilities

  • Organise Malay dinners and Kuih making sessions for volunteers and tourists with the Perhentian Island Ladies Association (PILA) as per requested
  • Deliver village and community tours to tourists and providing an insight in to island life
  • Investigate new travel agents to sell eco-snorkel tours and community visits. Promote these opportunities on Trip advisor
  • Work with qualified Eco-Snorkel guides to help them improve and lead trips when needed
  • Produce informative displays of how the village and islands have developed to inform and influence protection towards the islands
  • Discuss the impacts of tourism and how important a healthy and clean environment is to tourism
  • Participate in beach and village clean ups, encouraging villagers to get involved
  • Assist with composting and recycling projects and promote sustainable practices by sharing information
  • Collect photos and videos of activities for social media where appropriate and produce blogs about your experience when requested
  • When required, assist the project manager and other interns with volunteer and research activities including water confidence, school classes and eco snorkelling practices
  • Report to your supervisor and collaborate with other interns when necessary, maintaining open communication at all times
  • Follow agreed timetables to deliver work in a timely fashion
  • Display a professional example to local community members, volunteers and colleagues
  • Follow instructions as delivered by project managers when on site
  • Ensure the project house is kept clean and tidy, assisting with daily chores on a rota basis
  • Adherence to all safety measures, protocols, procedures and budgets as directed by Fuze Ecoteer
  • Any other duties that may be required including; 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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