Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) offer up to 6 volunteer internships per year, which are usually for around 6 months in duration and offer graduates a chance to gain valuable field experience in conservation research.
Each internship has an exciting training program designed to introduce budding conservation biologists to a variety of sanctuaries with a host of different ecosystems, flora and fauna, field techniques, and conservation issues. The Intern will be mentored by a team of experienced ecologists, who will provide on-going assessment throughout the training program. At the end of the training program, the Intern's progress will be evaluated, and an assessment report provided.
The internships will be advertised on this page around October/November each year (to align with the end of the university year). The intern programs generally have 2 intakes: January - June and July - December.
Required skills include a Bachelor's degree in ecology (or be in the latter stages of this degree); an Honours degree is desirable; some experience of data collection and management; ability to learn identification of Australian flora and fauna; introductory experience with small/medium-sized mammals and reptiles and handling techniques; bird survey techniques; living and working in remote areas with small groups of people; knowledge and appreciation of animal welfare issues; high level of fitness; ability to use maps and GPS for navigation; valid manual Australian (or recognised) drivers' licence; and fluency in English.
Thinking About Volunteering?
Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia's threatened wildlife. AWC now owns and manages 23 properties covering more than 3 million hectares around Australia. Volunteering provides an exciting opportunity to assist AWC's dedicated field staff in saving Australia's endangered wildlife.
Volunteering opportunities exist across a broad range of activities. These can range from scientific surveys (involving activities such as setting up and clearing traps, survey work and walking transects), land management (weeding, fence maintenance, clearing tracks) and general sanctuary maintenance (painting, repairs).
Select events are advertised through the year – generally those requiring groups of volunteers, specific skill-sets or an extended commitment of time. We will email volunteers who have submitted a volunteer application form, with relevant skills and an interest in the sanctuary with an advertised opportunity, but kindly request you check back on this page regularly as this is not currently an automated process.
Please note that there is generally a high demand and limited places for these opportunities and we simply don't have enough staff to oversee additional events in order to provide everyone with an opportunity, though we do try our best & appreciate your interest and support.
If you would like to be added to the volunteer database, please follow the instructions below on How to Apply. The more information you can provide about your interests, skills and timing (availability length and dates) the better chance we will have in matching you with a suitable opportunity.
How To Apply
Please complete the Volunteer Application Form and return to:
Fax: +61 8 9380 9631
Mail: PO Box 8070, Subiaco East WA 6008
Current Volunteer Opportunities