Become a Conservation Assistant with TIC


What will you be doing?

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
             - Mapping coral reefs

  • Underwater visual fish surveys;

  • Beach and underwater clean-ups;

  • Micromammals and Invertebrates study;

  • Habitat Restoration;

  • Educational activities with guests and resort staff;

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

Assistants/Interns objectives

  • To involve him/herself with conservation projects and assignments

  • To contribute to conservation ideas / development processes

  • To develop a better understanding of turtle, marine and terrestrial conservation

  • To be educated and to educate visitors and locals on conservation

Conservation projects

Turtle Watch 

The aim of this project is to increase the Green and Hawksbill hatchlings chances of survival by relocating and protecting the natural nests from human poaching and natural predators. Our hatchery is the house for all the endangered nests collect from P. Tengah and the nearby islands. Night and morning patrols, collection of biometric data, nests exacavations and hatchery maintenance will be some of your daily tasks.

Marine Research & Monitoring 

The Marine program is targeting volunteers with a minimum of an Open Water Diver certification. You will be trained before any field work so you are able to help with the monitoring and research of our marine ecosystem. Our programs involve: coral reef surveys to evaluate their coverage and health; fish ID surveys; coral nursery maintenance and development; beach and underwater cleanups.

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!


Food & Accommodation

TIC volunteers stay in shared accommodation located on Long Beach next to the hatchery and the dive center. Your accommodation consists of a shared room with 1 other person and is equipped with a  kitchen and two toilets. Our volunteers are free to use all the kitchen utensils available. 

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily at our staff canteen. The dishes served are typically Malaysian / Asian, and can be a bit spicy sometimes. Vegetarian meals can be provided, however with a more limited array of ingredients available. Special food restrictions or allergies should be informed prior to your arrival to the conservation team.

There is no set menu, but on weekly basis we can collect some food items allowing you to make your own exciting dishes on the Ranch!



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.


Program Details

Period: February to November

9 weeks from RM 5000

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 price. It is also possible to complete PADI diving course's, 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.

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!

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