Thursday, 3 March 2016

The Endangered Wildlife Trust Internship 2016

The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is one of the largest biodiversity conservation non-governmental organisations in southern Africa

EWT seeks to appoint an Intern, based in the Northern Cape.

This is a 12-month contract position.

The successful candidate will be responsible for providing assistance and support for core conservation work within the programme, including activities such as administrative support, operational conservation support, fieldwork assistance with rehabilitation and species research.


  • Assist with seed germinability and viability research at the Indigenous Karoo Plant nursery, particularly the record keeping aspect and microscope methodology;

  • Assist with Karoo riparian rehabilitation fieldwork, including fairly strenuous physical work during rehabilitation, planting Karoo shrubs and seeds, harvesting seeds, and watering plants;

  • Assist with Riverine Rabbit demographic fieldwork during species monitoring, including aiding with remote camera trap surveys, data processing and updating the Riverine Rabbit camera trap dataset;

  • Assist with the digitisation and mapping of biodiversity features on Riverine Rabbit Conservancies;

  • Update the desktop literature surveys of rehabilitation and stewardship research every six months;

  • Assist with programme related monitoring and data capturing, statistical analyses and report writing;

  • Research communications, including developing a farmer’s newsletter and Karoo Nursery communications, and assisting with the development and design of the popular Riverine Rabbit newsletter;

  • Attending workshops and meetings and assisting in reporting on work-related activities;

  • Develop a long-term awareness programme with the JJ Booysen Primary School in Loxton (year plan for Assembly presentation and Grade specific portfolios);

  • Ongoing work with the Grade four environmental awareness programme. Finalise the draft portfolio, including lesson plans, module content and materials lists. Drafting additional portfolios for Grades two, six and seven; and

  • Administrative duties associated with the above.


  • Minimum B.Sc. in ecology, zoology or environmental sciences (or equivalent is a requirement);

  • Research and data collection skills;

  • Communication skills, including public speaking;

  • People skills;

  • Ability to collaborate with key partners and network effectively;

  • A valid driver’s license, and suitable driving experience;

  • Demonstrable working knowledge of Excel, PowerPoint and Word (GIS ability is a distinct advantage);

  • Writing skills (may be requested to provide evidence);

  • Multilingual, Afrikaans language skills - speak read, write (Setswana an advantage);

  • Energetic, dynamic and self-motivated;

  • Adaptable and prepared to travel and work in remote locations, with limited amenities for extended periods of time;

  • Physically fit and capable of undertaking strenuous fieldwork in tough conditions;

  • Passionate about conservation and engaging with a wide range of stakeholders;

  • A rewarding cross-cutting role that delivers high impacts for the conservation of threatened species and ecosystems;

  • Willing to take initiative to learn and implement novel approaches and tools;

  • Motivated by the challenge of working with multi-disciplinary teams;

  • High degree of self-motivation and pro-activity,

  • Administrative skills and good organisation skills; and

  • Willingness to live in Loxton.

Opportunity closing date:  Friday, 18 March, 2016

Opportunity type:  Fellowships and Scholarships

To apply submit, CV and one motivational letter to the or post to: Endangered Wildlife Trust, Private Bag X11, Modderfontein, 1645 or faxed to +27 11 608 4682.

Please quote the source of this advertisement in your application - NGO Pulse Portal.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

For more about the Endangered Wildlife Trust, refer to

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