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Pu Mat Field Assistant


Pu Mat Field Assistant


Asian Turtle Program (ATP) of Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC)


Pu Mat National Park, Con Cuong district, Nghe An province

Start date:

1st September 2019


Two years with possible extension

Position reports to:

Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator


The ATP is seeking a suitable Project Assistant in Pu Mat National Park, Nghe An province, Vietnam.

About the ATP in Vietnam

The Asian Turtle Program was established in 1998, incorporated into the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/Cleveland Zoological Society's Asia regional program in 2003. More recently, in 2014, the ATP merged with the UK registered charity, Indo-Myanmar Conservation (IMC), to extend the scope of work to include additional taxa during field surveys and alternative livelihoods. Since the ATP originated with the development of the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) at Cuc Phuong National Park in Vietnam a key focus has always been on the conservation of Tortoises and Freshwater Turtles (TFT) in Southeast Asia, with a focus on Vietnam.

The aim of the ATP is to establish a safe and sustainable future for Asian turtles, and to ensure that no further turtle species become extinct in the region. We implement strategic interventions that directly contribute to the conservation of Asian turtles, helping to ensure efficient use of limited resources, as well as developing capacity, strengthening leadership, and ultimately effecting positive attitudinal and behavioural change within society.

Activities in Vietnam have focused on priority species including critically endangered and endemic species of greatest conservation concern. Project focus on the endemic Vietnamese Pond Turtle (Mauremys annamensis), Bourret's Box Turtle (Cuora bourreti), Southern Vietnamese box turtle (Cuora picturata) in central Vietnam, and the legendary Hoan Kiem Turtle/Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in northern Vietnam. Swinhoe's Softshell Turtle is largely recognised as the most endangered turtle species in the world.

Scope of work

The Pu Mat Field Assistant will support the Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator and Pu Mat National Park ranger in carrying out the necessary research and conservation activities at Pu Mat National Park, Con Cuong district, Nghe An to complete the “Assessment of release strategies for confiscated and Endangered Big-headed turtles in Vietnam” project.

Main responsibilities:

  • Work with local rangers to make weekly radio-tracking trips at study area to collect information on spatial ecology and survival rates of translocated Big-headed turtles (Platysternon megacephalum)
  • Record human activities at the study area
  • Record of environmental data of the study area
  • Complete field records
  • Be responsible for data entry, interview note digitalisation, etc.
  • Assist the Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator in conducting interviews and field surveys in Pu Mat National Park to locate Big-headed turtles and other endangered turtles
  • Be involved in education and awareness components for the Pu Mat site and additional locations
  • Assist the Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator in completion of monthly and overall project reports and receipts to be submitted each month
  • Report to the Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator and ATP/IMC Director on project developments, challenges and needs
  • Support the Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator and ATP/IMC Director in developing detailed conservation strategies for Big-headed turtle in Vietnam
  • Other tasks as required

Selection criteria:


  • Passionate about animals, wildlife conservation, stand for animal welfare
  • University Degree in forestry, biology, ecology or related fields
  • Have at least 1 year experience working in the related area
  • Ability to multitask effectively
  • Positive attitude to working with local staffs, international and national volunteers, and the park officers
  • Good English speaking and writing skills
  • Competent in computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email…)


  • Flexibility and a sense of humour – ability to work, live and thrive in challenging circumstances;
  • Have a high level of personal and professional integrity and trustworthiness;
  • Be both self-confident and humble;
  • Thrive in a fast-paced and fun environment

Application procedure

Interested applicants should send their cover letter, CV, and supporting documents to: 

Ha Hoang – Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator
Indo-Myanmar Conservation

Application deadline 25th August 2019

We regret that only short-listed applicants will be contacted.


MBZ ATP would like to thanks the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for supporting this website
Asian Turtle Program - Indo-Myanmar Conservation
Room#1806 CT1, C14 Bac Ha Building, To Huu Street, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi, Vietnam
PO Box 46
Phone:+84 (0) 24 7302 8389

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