Australian Wildlife Conservancy 2019 Ecology & Conservation Internships - NOW 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 research via its Internship Program. In 2019, AWC will offer a total of eleven internships, of 4.5 – 6 months duration, across its network of sanctuaries. Each internship has been designed to provide an exciting training program. The program is designed to introduce conservation biologists 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.

  •  North-west Interns will spend 6 months at Mornington, Marion Downs, Tableland, Charnley River- Artesian Range [WA], and Wongalara and Newhaven [NT].
  • South-west Interns (Karakamia, Paruna and Faure Island) will spend 5 months at Karakamia, Paruna and Faure Island with the possibility of brief visits to Mt Gibson [WA].
  • South-west Interns (Mt Gibson) will spend 5 months based at Mt Gibson [WA], with possible trips to one or more of the south-west sanctuaries.
  • South-east Interns will spend 6 months based at Newhaven [NT] with trips to Scotia [NSW], Dakalanta, Kalamurina, Buckaringa and/or Yookamurra [SA].
  • NSW Interns will spend 6 months based at Scotia [NSW] with trips to  Mallee Cliffs and Pilliga [NSW].
  • North Head Interns will spend 4.5 months based at North Head [Sydney, NSW], with possible trips to one or more of the other NSW sanctuaries.

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, intake dates, enquiry details and details on how to apply, please click on the link  - Ecology & Conservation Internship

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 region/s and intake/s.

Dates for internships are listed under each regions program:

Please Note:

  1. Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa that allows participation in this program, in order to apply for this internship. A working-holiday visa is not appropriate. 
  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:  CLOSED 


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!