Gain hands-on reserve management skills and learn about conservation in game reserves at Dinokeng Game Reserve in South Africa, home to lions, elephants, leopards, rhino and more.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
The Dinokeng Game Reserve serves as a pioneering model for conservation initiatives in South Africa, particularly in areas where animals live in close proximity to humans. Around 170 families live on the 18,500 hectare reserve, which is home to lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino, elephant, cheetah, antelope and other game species. Reserve management plays a major role in allowing wildlife and people to co-exist in such a way.
Reserve Management interns work closely with field staff and reserve managers on a range of tasks, including monitoring elephant and lion herds in order to understand habitat utilization and movements around the reserve. Interns also help with animal contraception, behavioral and predator studies, and camera trapping.
Interns can learn about bush ecology, animal behavior, navigation, GPS and GIS mapping techniques. You can help with identifying animals, plants and birds that give feedback on species populations, and learn bush skills such as spoor identification and tracking.
Reserve management is not solely about working with animals, so interns will also get experience in assisting with other general tasks around the reserve. Erosion control, road maintenance, bush clearing and manual labour are all core duties of reserve management that interns can be required to assist with. It is always endeavored to balance exciting wildlife-related activities with everyday work in the bush.
Depending on your skills and the needs of the reserve, interns studying in relevant areas of interest (i.e. conservation and wildlife, environmental and natural sciences, biology and botany, etc) may be assigned to specific tasks related to practical components of your studies. This can be arranged with your supervisor when you’re in South Africa.
Not only does your internship offer incredible opportunities to enjoy your unique natural surroundings, but you’ll have plenty of spare time to explore too. No trip to South Africa is complete without doing a safari, and you’ll be able to glimpse incredible wildlife up close in an ethical, responsible way. Internships in South Africa are perfect for nature-lovers, or anyone looking for a digital detox.
This internship is conducted in English.
Reserve management learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Monitoring elephant or lion herds
- Animal contraception
- Behavioral and predator studies
- Camera trapping
- Bush ecology studies
- GPS and GIS mapping
- Spoor identification and tracking
- Population data collection
- Self-driven research in your own field of interest
Professional development opportunities:
- Shadow and assist real reserve managers at an operating reserve
- Get experience monitoring and observing park wildlife
- Learn bush skills and techniques
- Gain a rounded understanding of park management
- Gain practical skills and boost your employability, with guidance from Intern Abroad HQ’s Experiential Learning Curriculum to support your learning and cultural intelligence
- 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.
- Intern in a game park with some of Africa’s most spectacular animals
- Learn practical reserve management skills across a range of areas
- Get understanding of animal behavior and bush ecology in South Africa
Types of host organizations:
- Dinokeng Game Reserve
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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.