This is an incredible and unique internship program for those interested in wildlife conservation. You will intern in Kruger National Park, where Reserve Management interns live amongst wildlife, assist with research, wildlife conservation and reserve maintenance.
This is an in-country internship, with accommodation and meals provided.
This wildlife internship at world-renowned Kruger National Park (KNP) ranks among the best in Africa. The Reserve Management internship base camp is located at an amazing spot, right on the Olifants River in the heart of the national park. You can see the resident hippo from the camp, and elephants, buffalo, giraffes and lions are among the regular stream of animals constantly visiting the river.
Interns work closely with local staff, including the reserve manager and scientific coordinator, assisting with daily animal monitoring, research and maintenance tasks. This a hands-on wildlife internship in Africa, where interns get practical learning in a unique setting.
Reserve Management interns accompany reserve staff on daily duties, and can get training and experience in reserve operations and management, data collection, bush ecology, and safety policies. You can assist with data collection from camera traps, biodiversity survey sites, and on a Cybertracker GIS project.
Research projects reveal important data on animal health and behavior, informing conservation activities that benefit some of Africa’s most iconic wildlife. Your experiences and specific projects will depend on the season and the needs and undertakings of the reserve at the time.
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 maintenance work.
As well as a unique learning opportunity for interns, this program directly benefits wildlife conservation in South Africa. Interns provide valuable assistance with reserve management in Kruger Park, as research assists the international Panthera Predator Monitoring Project, and the income generated is donated to non-profit research and conservation groups in the region.
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 interns learn from a qualified and experienced supervisor, and can be involved in:
- Reserve operations and management
- Data collection
- Bush ecology
- Camera trapping
- Conducting surveys
- Cybertracking GIS projects
- Assessing animal health and behavior
- Informing conservation activities
- Reserve maintenance
Professional development opportunities:
- Assist research projects on a range of African animals
- Experience wildlife in a world-renowned reserve
- Take part in real life reserve management tasks
- 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.
- Experience life living on an operational game reserve
- Learn from experienced reserve managers and scientists
- Contribute to conservation efforts that aid some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife
Types of host organizations:
- Kruger National Park
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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.