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More young people are keen on green careers. More organisations are looking to hire green expertise. This programme bridges both sides – through work experience and fellowship!

The YELL Conservocation (Conservation + Vocation) Programme aims to expose and increase the interest of young people towards careers in conservation and sustainability through a funded 6-month work experience programme. While supporting the environmental agenda of organisations, the work experience programme is expected to benefit budding environmental stewards from intergenerational knowledge transfer from experienced practitioners in the sector.

In 2023, the pilot YELL Conservocation Programme successfully partnered with 7 environmental organisations to host the working experience programme for 7 young people that helped them gain experiences, skills and exposure in the conservation and sustainability sectors.

Partner Organisations

If your organisation aligns with our goals and is passionate about nurturing potential in young people, we welcome you to join our network of partners.
What to Expect from Conservocation:

Expand your team to facilitate day-to-day implementation, while mobilising more young people towards environment and climate action.

Train & mentor the next generation of stewards on the intersectionalities in environmental conservation.

Facilitate intergenerational knowledge transfer and help build skills in the younger generation.

Criteria to Join

Registered environmental NGOs / CSOs, social enterprises, co-operatives and non-profit public and private sector organisations based in Malaysia.

Interested and committed to providing an immersive Conservocation programme to young people in their field of work.

Ability to commit to a 6-month programme work plan. 

Roles & Responsibilities

Partner Organisation

Review the scope of work for Conservocation participants.

Participate in the shortlisting and interview process of Conservocation participants.

Develop and supervise a 6-month work plan for Conservocation participants.

Manage annual leave and work arrangements of the Conservocation participant, according to the Partner Organisations’ policy.

Bear travel expenses related to the organisation’s project that is supported by the Conservocation participant (not including travel to and from the workplace).

YELL

Draft scope of work for Conservocation participants based on input and feedback from partners.

Advertise and recruit Conservocation participants.

Review and monitor Conservocation participants’ progress based on a 6-month work plan by Partner Organisations.

Manage the contract of the Conservocation participant including monthly payslip management.

Full sponsorship of Conservocation participants’ monthly allowance.

Note: Conservocation participants are not paid a salary as their status is not considered as full-time employees.

If you are interested in becoming a partner organisation for Conservocation 2024, please fill out our application form.

Youth Participants

Myth debunked! Green careers are not limited to science degree graduates.

Conservocation aims to provide young people of different backgrounds with the exposure and opportunities to understand  pathways into conservation and sustainability careers, and identify feasible and meaningful entry points for their participation in environmental action.

What to Expect from Conservocation:

Experience and learn directly from an environmental organisation through hands-on work experience, for 6 months.

Build a network with industry professionals and assess your prospects in the sustainability and conservation field.

Explore your interests and abilities for a widened perspective about careers in sustainability and conservation.

Enhance your skill set relevant to environmental work.

Criteria to Join

Youth 18-30 years of age residing in Malaysia.

A willingness to commit 6 months to the volunteer placement.

Note: fluency in local languages, work experience and educational level criteria will be based on the needs of the host organisations.
Interested in being a Conservocation Participant?

Our 2024-2025 cohort applications will open soon.

2023 Partner Organisations

TONIBUNG Sabah, Sarawak

Tonibung is a non-profit organisation based in Malaysia that specialises in promoting sustainable community development through appropriate technologies.

Centre of Orang Asli Concerns Subang Jaya, Gerik-Perak, Northwest Pahang

COAC was founded in 1989 with the mission of advocating for the civil rights of the Orang Asli, Malaysia’s indigenous minority population.

Rimba Ilmu Klang Valley

Rimba Ilmu, located in the Universiti Malaya campus, is a tropical botanic garden dedicated to generating awareness and knowledge of tropical plant life, ecology, and conservation.

EDUTREE Pahang

EDUTREE Services, established in 2003, is dedicated to Education for Sustainable Living and Environmental Education (EE).

Alliance of River Three Kuala Lumpur

The Alliance of River Three (ART!) spearheads a transformative program dedicated to River Conservation, Protection, and Rehabilitation (River CPR).

Borneo Komrad Sabah

Borneo Komrad, an initiative led by students and young individuals, actively champions social causes encompassing human rights, culture, and education in Sabah, Malaysia.

Yayasan Kajian dan Pembangunan Masyarakat Pahang 

YKPM is dedicated to community development, focusing on empowering the Orang Asli (OA) communities, particularly the Orang Asli-Jakun communities in Pekan, Pahang, towards sustainable livelihoods and environmental stewardship.

For further inquiries, please contact Youth-Environment Community Facilitator, Shu Min at shu.min.leo@undp.org