Intern Opportunity (2 Vacancies) - Cederberg Leopard Project

Intern Opportunity (2 Vacancies) - Cederberg Leopard Project
Published: 05 July 2017

An exciting opportunity to get involved with leopard conservation in South Africa

The Cape Leopard Trust is looking for volunteer field assistant interns to help the Cederberg Leopard Project team with camera trap deployment/servicing and camera trap data entry.

The position would require a minimum 4-month commitment, with interns expected to have a high level of physical fitness: the ability to hike up to 10-15km/day, 5 days/week while carrying heavy gear over rugged and steep mountainous terrain. The candidate should also be comfortable with basic living conditions in a remote area (No mobile phone reception & 1,5 hours drive from nearest town).

Other important requirements include

  • Qualification in Conservation, Ecology or similar field of study
  • Minimum of 6 months relevant fieldwork experience i.e. remote camera trapping, wildlife monitoring, kill site investigation, animal trapping etc.
  • Valid and clean driver’s license
  • Ability to drive a manual transmission vehicle (4x4 driving experience beneficial)
  • The ability to work well in a group (team player) with good people skills
  • Good analytical skills
  • Experience in the use of statistical and GIS software
  • Comfortable with basic bush camping
  • Adaptable to flexible work schedule
  • English speaking (proficiency in Afrikaans beneficial)

COMPENSATION: Training and accommodation is provided as well as transport to and from Cape Town International Airport. Interns are expected to pay $550USD per month (International) or R3000 (SA Citizen) and would need to be able to provide themselves with an allowance for food and other expenses. We estimate that approximately $200USD/month will cover food.

Successful applicants will be expected to work approximately 40 hours/week, 5 days/week. Fieldwork will entail extensive hiking, deploying and monitoring camera traps and leopard scat collection. Data entry and participation in social media efforts (blog writing) will also be expected.

CONTACT:  Please send:

  • Short cover letter describing interest in the position including dates of availability
  • CV and 3 references with contact information to Lana Müller at [email protected].
  • Please put “Cederberg Intern Application” in the subject line of an email.

Thank you very much for your interest, we look forward receiving your application!!