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Rafetus Field Assistant



Rafetus Field Assistant


Asian Turtle Program (ATP)



Start date:

2nd May 2018


One year with possible extension

Position reports to:

Vietnam Turtle Program Coordinator

The ATP is seeking a suitable Rafetus Field 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 Rafetus field assistant will support the Rafetus field officer and Local counterpart in carrying out the necessary research and conservation activities at Dong Mo Lake, Son Tay, Hanoi and throughout Northern Vietnam to conserve the critically endangered Swinhoe’s giant soft shell (Rafetus swinhoei).

Main responsibilities:

The Rafetus field assistant’s tasks include but are not limited to the followings:

  • Making regular patrols of the field site with the local counterpart
  • Recording human activity at the primary location
  • Recording of environmental data and water fluctuations
  • Take photographs of turtles observed at Dong Mo Lake and other potential sites
  • Complete field records
  • Assisting the field officer in conducting interviews and field surveys throughout Northern Vietnam to locate additional populations of Rafetus swinhoei.
  • Involvement in education and awareness components for the Dong Mo Site and additional locations
  • Assisting the field officer in completion of monthly and overall project reports and receipts to be submitted each month
  • Help the field officer with increasing the quality of field surveys and making work plans
  • Support the Rafetus team and ATP/IMC management in developing detailed conservation strategies for the species
  • Others as required.

Selection criteria:

  • Must be Vietnamese
  • Passionate about animals, wildlife conservation
  • University Degree in forestry, biology, or related fields
  • Good communication skills and an ability to work with local communities and local government officials
  • Competent in computers (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Email…)
  • Competent in using filed equipment such as GPS, map, compass, camera, etc.
  • Good English skills
  • Able and willing to work well in field
  • High level of motivation, with ability to remain focused with limited supervision

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 30th April 2018

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


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