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Internship program

Each internship is designed to provide an exciting training program, and to introduce 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.


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Internship details

The internships provide a modest living stipend for the duration of the program, plus travel assistance.

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

We typically offer a total of 11 internships across our network of sanctuaries, which range from 4.5 to 6 months in duration.


  • 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.
Sabrina Post Release Monitoring Of Bilbies In The Pilliga Alex Taylor © Alex Taylor/AWC


Applicants must be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa that allows participation in this program. A working-holiday visa is not appropriate.

Due to COVID-19, AWC will be imposing relevant border restrictions as per relevant state and territory regulations. Internship placements may be reviewed and changed by AWC as required without or with minimal notice. Candidates are encouraged (but not limited to) to apply for intern placement(s) within their own region.

Applications for our 2021 Internship Program are now closed.