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Festival of Biodiversity 2018 in June – call for volunteers! (Signup by 9th February 2018)

Come join the NUS Toddycats at the Festival of Biodiversity 2018! This annual event aims to create awareness and promote efforts in conserving and enhancing our local biodiversity. Check out various recounts of past years’ Festival of Biodiversity events by Toddycats and Friends!

This year, the Toddycats FOB committee will be planning even more activities in the lead up to FOB2018 which will be held in early June 2018. Please sign up by 9th Feb 2018 with this link: https://tinyurl.com/toddycats-fob2018. to be on the mailing list.

Through the FOB2018 mailing list, we will issue news of FOB2018 preparatory field trips and workshops leading up to the big event day, and post-FOB events too! Join us to re-create the wonderful atmosphere we achieved last year!

Cheers,
Theresa & Weiting
NUS Toddycats FOB Organising Committee 2018

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Internship with NUS Toddycats, Jan – Jul 2018

Internship with NUS Toddycats, Jan – Jul 2018
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. It was originally conceived to contribute to capacity-building of NUS undergraduates by providing them with 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 offered by the group. 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 various stakeholder engagements.

Scope of Internship
The NUS Toddycats intern will pro-actively support operational and volunteer management needs of project managers in existing projects which include volunteer recruitment and engagement, nature guiding at field sites, library exhibitions and seminars, field surveys and coastal cleanups, and liasing and planning for Toddycats participation in various events and stakeholder meetings. For some idea of the projects, see the Toddycats about page.

Candidate Criteria
The candidate must be passionate about learning through service.
We are looking for candidates who possess strong initiative and good work ethic, are able to work across multiple platforms (e.g. Google Docs, Microsoft Office, social media), are able to undertake tasks independently amidst a group structure and communicate effectively. Some of these skills can be developed, but a strong desire to learn and a passion for the environment are critical!

Internship development
NUS Toddycats is committed to the development of the selected 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 – July 2018 (minimum of three months)
This is an unpaid internship but 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.

Walk with primates – Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group 3rd Volunteer Information Session Sat 18 Jun 2017: 1.00pm – 2.30pm @ SBG

From Andie Ang,

Dear friends,

The Raffles Banded Langur Working Working Group initiated 6-month long surveys for the primate with the help of volunteers in the past year. Two six month survey cycles have been completed and you can be part of the 3rd cycle!

A briefing session results from the previous surveys will be conducted on Sat 18 Jun 2017: 1.00pm to 2.30pm at the Function Hall, Singapore Botanic Gardens. Sign up to attend briefing session: tinyurl.com/3rd-RBL-session

From:
Andie Ang, Ph.D.
Chairperson
Raffles’ Banded Langur Working Group
www.facebook.com/RBLWG

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Mon 31 Oct 2016: 6.30pm @ LT27 – Free Public Talk: Professor Jerry Coyne: “Evolution Is True, And Why People Still Don’t Believe It”

We are pleased to co-host with the Humanist Society of Singapore, Professor Jerry Coyne for a public talk on Evolution on 31 October. As spaces are limited, please register for your free ticket via eventbrite! lkcnhm-hss-coyne.eventbrite.sg.

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Let’s be conscious consumers – choose RSPO-certified “haze-free” palm oil! [pmhaze.org campaign]

The People’s Movement to Stop Haze pmhaze.org notes the most popular restaurant chains in Singapore use palm oil and not RSPO-Certified cooking oil. We are thus contributing to the haze with the demand for oil palm products which are not attempting to minimise impact to the environment.

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NUS Toddycats! supports PM.Haze‘s call to be conscious consumers by selecting products that uses RSPO-certified “haze-free” palm oil — palm oil produced responsibly by companies which do not engage in haze-causing activities such as burning and deforestation.

You can support the call to switch to RSPO-certified palm oil. Head over to pmhaze.org to sign the petition and learn more.