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Project Assistant



Project Assistant


Asian Turtle Program (ATP)


Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC), Cuc Phuong National Park

Start date:

July 2018


Two years with possible extension

Position reports to:

Animal Manager

The ATP is seeking a suitable Project Assistant in 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 position of Project Assistant is to support the ATP/IMC and TCC’s activities at the Turtle Conservation Centre (TCC) in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam. The Project Assistant will work under the guidance and supervision of the Animal Manager to provide assistance regarding daily activities at the centre to ensure smooth running and timely completion of activities.

Main responsibilities:

  • Assist the team on rescue and release of animals
  • Assist the Animal Manager to manage the volunteer program, including provide assistance to foreign and national volunteers working at the TCC
  • Assisting the Animal Manager in data collection, completion of monthly reports and receipts to be submitted each month
  • Provide support to administrative work including translation of documents into English and Vietnamese
  • Be responsible for TCC VIC gift shop sales and stocking of merchandises
  • Involve in education and awareness components development and implementation at the TCC VIC area as well as VIP tours
  • Take photographs, videos of turtles and activities at TCC, draft social media posts and press releases for the ATP/TCC social media channels and website
  • Provide a daily report to the line manager
  • Other tasks as required

Selection criteria:


  • Passionate about animals, wildlife conservation, stand for animal welfare
  • University Degree in forestry, biology, or related fields
  • Have at least 1 year of experience working in the related area
  • Ability to multitask effectively
  • Positive attitude to working with local staffs, international and national volunteers, and park officers
  • Good Vietnamese and 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
  • Good photographic and video editing skills
  • 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: 

Nguyen Thu Thuy – Animal Manager
Asian Turtle Program – Indo-Myanmar Conservation

Application deadline 16th June 2018

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


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