Interpretive Intership with Australian Wildlife Conservancy

Yookamurra Intern Program

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (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 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 2 x three month internships available, each with an exciting training 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 3 months based at Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary in South Australia, and where possible, trips to participate in other AWC interpretation programs.

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

To be successful you will have:

* A Bachelor's degree in science (ecology/conservation e.g. BSc Hons).
* We will also consider those with a Bachelor's degree in education and/or eco-tourism, though some knowledge of Australian ecology and conservation is required, as noted below.
* Working with Children clearance (SA) [must be obtained prior to commencement, if you don't already hold a current clearance].

Experience with:

* Working with children, volunteers and/or community engagement;
* Living and working in a rural or remote area/community; and
* Tour-guiding, environmental education and/or presentation to groups' skills.
* Demonstrated understanding of, and interest in, Australian ecology and conservation issues including an interest in learning how to identify a range of Australian flora and fauna.
* Good interpersonal and communication skills, including ability to present to groups.
* Ability to use standard business software (Word, Excel, email etc).
* Moderate level of fitness.
* Valid Australian (or internationally recognised) manual drivers' licence.
* Fluency in English.

An Internship with AWC will give you:

* Experience in public education and community engagement across a number of Australian conservation issues including:
* Land management, terrestrial biodiversity, and pest plant and animal control;
* Flora and fauna identification, scientific survey methodology including bird & vegetation surveys, and radio-tracking;
* Working with, and leading volunteer groups; and
* Consulting and collaborating with other regional conservation organisations.
* Experience across a wide variety of education and engagement techniques including:
* Engaging different audiences (size, age, interest) using a variety of communication techniques, specifically;
* How to clearly convey an organisation's message and inspire support; and
* How to present technical information to a wide range of stakeholders in an easy to understand and informative manner.

Event management:

* Planning and organisation skills, including the ability to prioritise tasks in an efficient manner;
* Coordinate, manage and report on public education and community engagement events;
* OH&S and legal considerations when running events and/or visitor management programs; and
* Creation of interpretation materials such as fact sheets, activity handouts, posters and displays; and how to market these.


* Safe food handling and hygiene training [AWC will assist you in gaining the appropriate industry recognised Qualification in Food Safety & Hygiene]; and
* First aid training [AWC will assist you in gaining the appropriate industry recognised First Aid Certification]

Throughout the internship you will be mentored by a team of experienced managers, ecologists and interpretation staff who will provide on‐going assessment throughout the training program. At the end of the training program, progress will be evaluated, and an assessment report provided.

This program may extend to include involvement in interpretation activities at AWC's other sanctuaries.

For more information please refer to our website for full details on dates, the training program and the sanctuary -


* Noel Riessen: Yookamurra Field Ecologist & Wildlife Educator
* Melissa Farrelly: 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.

How to apply:

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.

Applications must be received by Friday 17th August 2015

Enquiries about the internship to