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Become a Conservation Assistant with TIC

Tengah Island Conservation assistants play an essential role to the continued sustainability of our conservation/research project. As a volunteer you may expect to participate on the following projects:

  • Conservation of the endangered Green Turtle and critically endangered Hawksbill Turtle

  • Underwater surveys on coral reefs; coral nursery, coral survey and mapping coral reefs

  • Underwater visual fish surveys

  • Beach and underwater clean-ups

  • Micro-mammals and invertebrates study

  • Habitat restoration;

  • Educational activities with guests and resort staff


  • Get involve in conservation projects and assignments

  • Contribute to conservation ideas / development processes

  • Develop a better understanding of turtle, marine and terrestrial conservation

  • Be educated and to educate visitors and locals on conservation

At TIC we are constantly updating our programme and new terrestrial and sustainability projects may be developed and put in place while you are here. This is an exciting opportunity for you to learn firsthand new skills on the field!

We expect you to take your  position seriously and be committed to follow the work schedules and assigned duties, while enjoying an enriching experience on a beautiful tropical island.



Programme Details

PERIOD: February to November for 9 weeks

COST: starting from RM 5,000 (approximately USD 1,200 / EUR 1,080)

2019 PHASES:
Phase 1 :
25th February — 28th April
Phase 2 : 29th April — 30th June
Phase 3 : 1st July — 1st of September
Phase 4 : 2nd September — 3rd November

Food, shared accommodation, boat transfer in and out of the island, and snorkelling/dive gear are included in the cost.

It is also possible to complete PADI diving courses, at your own expense, upon advance booking.

Please contact our dive team: with any diving related queries. Open Water Diver Certification highly desired!

100% of our  volunteer’s fee goes towards covering the costs of running the conservation and volunteer programs.

All the prices are subject to a 6% SST fee.


All the volunteers must meet the following requirements in order to be accepted on the programme:

  • Be 18 years old or above.

  • Background in conservation and research. Students or graduates in biology, marine biology, environmental sciences, etc.

  • Be comfortable in the water / Good swimmer.

  • Physical fit to walk long distances on both sand and in the jungle.

  • Hold a scuba diving certification. Desirable but not mandatory, be willing to get certified the first week of the program. (PADI Open Water)

  • Comfortable to spend the night on a specific beach with another volunteer or staff member during the turtle nesting peak season.

  • Comfortable to share a room with a member of the opposite sex.

  • Hold medical/travel insurance valid for Malaysia and up to date dive insurance.

  • Outgoing, friendly, team player, open minded, passionate about nature and conservation.

  • Be able to communicate and write in English.

TIC is part of a private island resort, so all the volunteers must be well presented while at work, have a friendly personality and follow the resort staff rules.

For more information or to apply to volunteer with us, fill out the form below and take your first step to becoming a conservation hero!


We also provide paid internships to students from local universities as part of their degree programme. Malaysian students from Biology or Environmental Science studies are highly encouraged to apply.

Interns will work with the TIC Team of staff and volunteers on all of our projects, gaining valuable practical conservation skills in the field. They will also assist our Outreach Coordinator with community awareness and education activities.

For more information, please contact our team using the form below.


Application Form

We are spending a lot of time out in the field and we may come back to you a bit late. Don’t worry, you will hear from us soon. Thank you for your interest.

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