Australian Wildlife Conservancy 2018-19 Interpretation Internship - Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary - Applications CLOSED

AWC is an independent non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia's threatened wildlife and their habitats. Funded primarily by donations, AWC is taking action to protect Australia's wildlife by: 

* Establishing a network of sanctuaries that protect threatened wildlife and ecosystems;

* Implementing practical, on-ground conservation programs to protect the wildlife at our sanctuaries: these programs include feral animal control, fire management, and the translocation of threatened species;

* Conducting scientific research that help address the key threats to our native wildlife; and 

* Hosting visitor programs at our sanctuaries for the purpose of education and promoting awareness of the plight of Australia's wildlife. 

AWC offers opportunities for promising graduate students to gain valuable field experience in conservation education and community engagement via its Internship Program. Currently AWC have two three month internships available, each with an exciting program designed to introduce graduates with an interest in conservation education, environmental interpretations, and community engagement to a variety of sanctuaries with a host of different ecosystems, flora and fauna, field techniques and conservation issues. The internships provide a modest living stipend for the duration of the program, plus travel assistance. Yookamurra interns will spend three months based at Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary in South Australia, and depending on the opportunities available could participate in other interpretation programs throughout the AWC south-east region.

Basic self-contained single accommodation is available on site at each sanctuary location.

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.

For more information about the program and details on how to apply, please click here 

Supervisors: Helen Crisp: Yookamurra Field Ecologist and Wildlife Educator

Tyson Brown: Yookamurra Sanctuary Manager 

Should travel to other sanctuaries be offered, interns will be supervised at these locations by the local Interpretation Officer, Sanctuary Manager and Senior Ecologist. 

Email your up-to-date resume (CV), together with a one page cover letter (all in one document), to

In your letter explain why you wish to apply for an internship and briefly describe how you meet the selection criteria listed above and your preferred intake.

Dates for internships are:

August 13, 2018-November 12, 2018 and March 11, 2019 - June 10, 2019.

Please Note:

  1. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa that allows permanent full-time work in Australia, in order to apply for this position. A working-holiday visa is not appropriate. Sponsorship is not available.
  2. If you apply for this role, AWC will include you in its ongoing updates and communications about its events, activities and fundraising initiatives.  You may opt out of these communications at any time.

Science Graduate Internship Opportunities

Position:  Ecology & Conservation Internship
Employment Status:  Voluntary
Based at:  Various AWC Sanctuaries
Enquiries:  Listed in "How to apply" section
Closing Date:  This role will be advertised in October 2018.


Once in a lifetime experience - Amy Prowd

Leahs Pic Of Me Checking TrapsI found the AWC Internship program a once in a lifetime experience that I feel extremely fortunate to have had. I enjoyed my time so much that my 6 month internship was extended to 9 months and I have been back for another mammal trapping team leader stint to help out since then as well!! I think that it is a very valuable experience both from a hands on with wildlife and monitoring techniques but also for personal growth and knowledge, to see more of the Australian outback and meet a lot of wonderful people. It’s an experience that I would very strongly recommend, but it’s not for the faint-hearted!