Internship with NUS Toddycats, Jan – Jul 2021

Internship with NUS Toddycats

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About the Toddycats NUS Toddycats are volunteers with the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum at the National University of Singapore. We expose, develop and apply individuals who are keen to contribute to nature and the environment in Singapore to programmes in conservation, education and outreach. This is an immediate means to contribute socially and meaningfully towards the nature and environment in Singapore.

NUS Toddycats are an entirely volunteer group who lead and support activities such as nature guiding at exhibitions and field sites, the organisation and management of public seminars and symposia, coordinate coastal cleanups and initiate dialogues and other engagement through active partnerships.

Objectives The NUS Toddycats Internship aims to secure a motivated intern who will organise and coordinate support for the diversity of activities. In doing so, the intern will be exposed to and acquire skills and work experience in a range of activities including administration and digital organising tools, project and events management, volunteer engagement, and communication for conservation. The intern will also participate in staffing the coordinator at various working groups and stakeholder engagements.

Scope of Internship The NUS Toddycats intern will pro-actively support operational and volunteer management needs of the coordinator and project managers with existing projects which include volunteer recruitment and engagement, nature guiding at field sites, roadshows and seminars, field surveys and coastal cleanups, and liasing and planning for Toddycats participation in various events and stakeholder meetings. Projects include:

  • Bird collision mitigation in NUS
  • Roadkill mitigation in Singaore
  • Coastal cleanups in mangroves
  • Community engagement in nature awarenes and habitat enhancement
  • Volunteer engagement and public education

Candidate Criteria The candidate must be passionate about learning through service. They must possess a good work ethic, be able to work across multiple IT platforms (e.g. Google Docs, Microsoft Office, social media), and ready to undertake tasks independently after some coaching. Some of these skills can be developed, but a strong desire to learn and a passion for the environment are critical!

It is critical that the internship is the sole commitment of the intern during this period.

Internship development NUS Toddycats is committed to the development of the intern through skills training in project management, digital tools and a workplace readiness toolbox, volunteer engagement and understanding the conservation landscape.

Period of internship Jan 2021 – Jul 2021 (or a minimum of three months). A meal and transport allowance is provided.

Reporting Officer The NUS Toddycats intern will report directly to the coordinator, N. Sivasothi and will liase with project captains for specific roles.

To apply, please write to toddycats@gmail.com with your CV.

A diversity of nature and environment talks online, as groups take to Zoom during Circuit Breaker and beyond!

For nature and environment folk, the offerings are numerous and diverse. To find events, check the NUS Toddycats Facebook page and search online. There is much more going on than the few over the next week which we highlight here! 

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In early June, for example, catch these talks on reporting science, wild otters, wild cats and the experiences of our marine youth: 

Thu 04 Jun 2020: 8.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by Kannan & Marcus

  • #SGSTEM Talk & Trivia: Mr Mark Cheong & Ms Audrey Tan from The Straits Times, discuss “how to report a #science story”
  • Register at https://tinyurl.com/sgstem20200604

In celebration of World Environment Day
Fri 05 Jun 2020: 1.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by the Otter Working Group Singapore

  • “The Otter Side of The Singapore Botanic Gardens,” 
  • by Anusha Shivram (Department of Biological Sciences, NUS) – about the use of SBG as a nursery site by the Zouk family of smooth-coated otters, and their ongoing post-natal movement to acquire territory.
  • Register at http://tinyurl.com/owg-wedtalk

Sat 06 Jun 2020: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM SGT (UTC+8) by Singapore WIldCat Action Group

  • Wildcat Lecture #5: Global Small Wildcat Conservation Efforts: Reducing Threats to Wildcats, Improving Lives of Rural People 
  • By Dr Jim Sanderson, IUCN/SSC Cat Specialist Group
  • Register at: https://wildcatsoftheworld-5.peatix.com

In celebration of World Oceans Day
Mon 08 Jun 2020: 8.00pm SGT (UTC+8) by NParks/SYC

  • “Youth Action for Marine Conservation” – Singapore youth Crystal Wee, Jonathan Tan, Ng Lee Kiang & Nathaniel Soon share their experiences of marine conservation on World Oceans Day, moderated by Cheo Pei Rong
  • Sign up at https://go.gov.sg/wod8june

Registration is open for the Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk – Sun 16 Feb 2020

The Battle of Pasir Panjang Commemorative Walk 
with the NUS Toddycats, volunteers of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, National University of Singapore.

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Sun 16 Feb 2020: 7.00am – 12.00pm from NUS

The heroic account of the Malay Regiment at the Battle of Pasir Panjang left a strong impression on us, and there few of us have come together to commemorate the Malay Regiment’s defense of the ridge every year since 2002.

Guides will share with the public stories about the battle, the geography, history and the flora and fauna of the area which drew us to explore the ridge decades ago which led us to gradually learn of its history.

Our commemorative route takes us from the battle front at the National University of Singapore to Kent Ridge Road and through the Gap to Kent Ridge Park and ends at Reflections of Bukit Chandu (note that this is closed in 2020).

All are welcome, just register at Eventbrite.

You must be able to wake up and join us at 7.00am at NUS’ University Cultural Centre and be physically fit enough to walk 5km (with some stairs) at a moderate pace over five hours. 

Please read the other details and guidelines for preparation on the Eventbrite page.

Love MacRitchie Walk on Sat 7th Dec 2019 – registration is open!

The free monthly Love MacRitchie Walk for members of the public is now open for registration here on Evenbrite. It will be held on Sat 7th December 2019 at Windsor Nature Park. 

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Green-crested Lizard (Photo by Liang Lei)

Find out more about the Love MacRitchie walks at https://lovemacritchie.wordpress.com/love-macritchie-walks/.

Sungei Buloh Anniversary Walk on Sun 8th Dec 2019 – registration open

Since 1997, NUS Toddycats (and our predecessor The Habitat Group) have celebrated the anniversary of Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve by conducting a free guided for the public. We do this to express our appreciation for this precious place which was officially opened on 6th December 1993.

This year we have 60 places for the walk on Sunday, 8th December 2019. Register now at Eventbrite. We look forward to some fellowship in this lovely setting once again. 4162515175 10071d886d k

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