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AWC offers opportunities for promising graduate students to gain valuable field experience in conservation research via its Internship Program.

We typically offer a total of 11 internships across our network of sanctuaries. Each internship is 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  six 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 five months at Karakamia, Paruna and Faure Island with the possibility of brief visits to Mt Gibson (WA).
  • South-west Interns (Mt Gibson)  will spend five 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 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.

More information about the program, including intake dates, and details on how to apply for the 2021 intake will be made available later in 2020.

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

Your letter should explain why you wish to apply for an internship and briefly describe how you meet the selection criteria and your preferred region(s) and intake(s).

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.

If you are passionate about conservation, check out our current internships to join the AWC team and help save Australia’s threatened wildlife and their habitats.  

There are currently no available internships at this time.

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