We are looking for three interns who will spend approximately 10 hours a week browsing through social media platforms popular in Malaysia and documenting these records of wildlife sightings by the users. This position is for a fixed term of one month and the remuneration is 500RM (Malaysian Ringgit).
Wildlife Spotter on Social Media
Closing date for applications: 14 May 2021
Duration: 22 May to 22 June 2021
Summary Job Description
The objective of this project is to create a review of the most prevalent wildlife spotted by social media users in Malaysia. From these social media posts, we would like to deduce the habitat range and document sighting records of rare and endangered species in Malaysia.
How you will benefit
With the awareness about environmental conservation surging, what you will gain from this voluntary work will be invaluable for any further endeavors in this area. You will
- Learn how to systematically collect research data for a topic related to social media platforms
- Gain basic knowledge about wildlife endemic to Malaysia
- Contribute to wildlife conservation in your free time from home
- Gain first-hand knowledge on the prevalence of illegal wildlife trade in Malaysia
- Engage with a network of conservationists in Malaysia
- Will receive a certificate and a reference upon satisfactory conclusion of assigned works
- Earn 500RM
- Have the opportunity to continue with research with the project leads if the job is well done and there is funding
How to apply
Candidates should apply by sending a one-page statement of interest, detailing 1. Why you want to participate in this project
- Your level of familiarity with different social media platforms
- One data collection approach that you think will yield the highest numbers of hits in the shortest time possible.
Please send your completed applications to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “Application for wildlife spotting on social media”. The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 May 2021 2359 SGT.
Shortlisted candidates will be notified by email on 18 May 2021. Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for a 20-min interview 19 May morning; if you have not heard from us by 18 May, please assume that your application has not been successful on this occasion. We regret that due to limited resources, we are unable to provide feedback on applications.
- Attend an orientation and a training session
- Report to project leads on progress
- Spend 5-10 hours a week on a designated social media platform
- Record posts featuring wildlife in a provided database
- Refine and record search terms/keywords with a significant number of hits
Skills and Experience
- Above 18 years old
- Passionate about conservation
- Attention to detail
- Proficient with various social media platforms and usage trends
- Able to read either Chinese or Malay language
- Excellent organizational and time management skills
- Able to identify common Asian wildlife in terrestrial and aquatic environments The project leads are Dr. Cedric Tan, Nyein Zaw Ko and Jo Leen Yap.