Based at the Dinokeng Game Reserve, interns on this Environmental Conservation Internship will learn how to use GIS software, collect GIS data on the ground, and apply data and skills to solve real-world African conservation issues.
The GIS Specialization for Environmental Conservation internship is based at Dinokeng Game Reserve, a leading conservation reserve in central South Africa. Internships consist of three components:
Environmental conservation interns in South Africa are required to spend time familiarizing themselves with GIS prior to the internship. It’s important to be familiar with GIS mapping before arriving on-site, and you’ll need to know and understand basic concepts such as vector, raster, attribute, and projection. A basic overview of map elements is also expected.
An online introduction to GIS will be provided to interns once you’ve registered, which usually takes between 1-5 hours to complete, depending on your existing level of proficiency.
Interns assist field studies at the Dinokeng Game Reserve, gaining experience in how data is collected. You can assist a range of biodiversity surveys, game transects, vegetation surveys, bird-point count, camera trap servicing, and common conservation issues in Africa.
Your primary focus as an intern will be on completing the first ten modules of the official QGIS training manual. This is done at your own pace, in between optional field session activities. The modules within the QGIS training manual are accompanied by follow-along lessons using tutorial data.
Your supervisor will provide support, but the onus is on interns to find your own solutions, as this really is the best way to learn GIS! In addition to regular field work activities, GIS interns will be required to collect your own spatial attribute data on surveys.
The third component of the environmental conservation internship in South Africa is assisting a real-world GIS conservation project. You’ll combine your own field data with spatial data held at the reserve to answer important conservation questions and complete a project. This provides useful data for the conservation programme, as well as giving interns real-world research experience.
Interns submit solutions to the GIS Research and Training Manager at the conclusion of the internship and will be graded. On successful completion of the internship course, interns are issued a certificate of completion, outlining the skills you’ve learned, the types of data you’ve manipulated and the experience you’ve gained.
Dinokeng Game Reserve also hosts Intern Abroad HQ’s Reserve Management Internship.
GIS and environemtnal conservation interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Using and learning GIS mapping techniques
- Data collection for field research
- Assisting surveys, transects, camera trapping, and conservation issues
- Completing training in QGIS
- Collecting spacial attribute data
- Carrying out your own research project in conservation or other issues
Professional development opportunities:
- Practical application of a range of GIS mapping techniques
- Experience gathering and interpreting data on a South African game reserve
- Undertaking a research project based on collected and supplied data
- Mostly full-time Monday to Friday, depending on weather, season and research requirements. Interns may be required to assist research outside normal work hours or on weekends on arrangement.
- Real life experience using mapping techniques
- Time spent conducting research on an operational game reserve
- Completing a research project with genuine conservation benefits
Types of host organizations:
- Dinokeng Game Reserve in central South Africa
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It’s free to apply for this internship. Once we have reviewed your suitability and accepted you onto this program, you’ll need to pay a deposit of US$449 to confirm your place. The remaining balance of your Program Fee (less your initial US$449 deposit payment) will be due no less than 60 days before your internship start date.
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Please note that program fees for all South Africa Environmental internships include return transportation to the airport. This transportation service is scheduled on specific dates and times. To ensure the schedule works for you, check with your Internships Manager for details before booking your departure flights.