Volunteer with Tengah Island Conservation

Tengah Island Conservation is recruiting volunteers to help support its turtle hatchery and marine conservation projects. Get involved today and work with sea turtles, monitor coral reefs, learn the different fish species of the area, while helping to collect essential and accurate data!


Volunteer 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

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!

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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 excavations and hatchery maintenance will be some of your daily tasks.

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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.


Volunteering Details

For the 2018 season we will give priority to long terms volunteers with a background in biology or any related fields and an interest to pursue a career in conservation. We offer you the opportunity to grow and even develop your own research project, under the approval and guidance of the conservation manager and her team.

Period: March to October
Minimum stay: 2 weeks; preference will be given to long term volunteers
OWD course highly desired

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 basic 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!


Food, shared accommodation, boat transfer in and out of the island, and snorkelling/dive gear are included on the price. Depending on the volunteer’s duration, it is also possible to complete a PADI diving course, at your own expense, upon advance booking.

All the prices are subject to an extra 6% GST:

  • 2 weeks: 1,800 RM (no dive course allowed)

  • 3 weeks: 2,200 RM (no dive course allowed)

  • 4 weeks: 2,500 RM (one short dive course allowed – OW, AOW, EFR or Rescue)

  • 10 weeks: 6,250 RM w/ a discount of 1,000 RM after completion of the 10 weeks period (more than 1 short dive course allowed)

  • 100 RM per extra day

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


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

  • Be 18 years old or above

  • 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)

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

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

  • Hold a medical insurance valid for Malaysia and, only for certified divers, an up to date dive insurance

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

  • Be able to communicate and write in English

  • Preference will be given to applicants with biology, conservation or environmental science backgrounds

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.


Please send your resume and statements to campleader@batubatu.com.my and our volunteer recruiter will contact you back. Thank you for your interest!


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