Conservation Management Internship

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Conservation Management Internship

Program cost - ZAR 24,300

Conservation managers are the backbone of a game reserve, the ones that keep the effective day to day running of the reserve going. A veritable “jack of all trades” requiring a very wide range of skills and experience including water provision (for people and wildlife), road, vehicle and infrastructure maintenance, fencing, anti-poaching / law enforcement as well as biological management.  They, therefore, require a working knowledge of what ecological and security staff do.

This Conservation Management internship brings all these various components together.   Participants can expect to cover most of what the Ecological Research Internships offers and more. To set specific activities undermines effectiveness as it is very dependent on the time of the year and what ongoing reserve management operations are happening.

All applicants need to motivate why they want to do a conservation management internship and should provide references from reliable sources that vouch for their interest in this field and that they are robust and reliable of character.

Applicants that need formal practical experience, as part of their studies, are required to provide documentation from their academic institution detailing the requirements that they are required to achieve during this period.  It is important that both the formal requirements and the requirements of the program can be accommodated.



Some activities you can be involved in with this Conservation Management internship is:

  • Wildlife monitoring techniques
  • Water management for game
  • Bushcraft skills – i.e., Field guiding skills
  • Game capture (seasonal and not guaranteed)
  • Community cattle dipping
  • Data collection
  • Alien plant control
  • Road and track maintenance
  • Fire management
  • Fence maintenance
  • Working with guests


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Quick Info

  • Next Starting Date: 09 January 2017
  • Accommodation Type: Tented camp and Shared ablutions
  • Meals: Meals are not included but a shared kitchen is provided and there are weekly trips to town to stock up on consumables
  • Price: ZAR 24 300

Other interns and volunteers

There is a strong possibility that you will be living in the intern camp with other interns and volunteers from both local and international backgrounds


All meals are for your own account, but weekly town trips will be provided to give you the opportunity to stock up on consumables

There is only one service provider that offers good coverage on the reserve and it generally has excellent connectivity.  We keep a stock of a local SIM card for mobiles.  We have some internet dongles for the use of volunteers and interns into which you can insert your sim card to connect to the internet.

Included in the fees:

  • Pick up upon arrival at Durban International Airport
  • Bush Camp Accommodation
  • Professional rangers to supervise you
  • Use of laundry facilities

Excluded from the fees:

  • Meals
  • Other personal expenses
  • Insurances
  • Flights

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Starting Dates

Starting Dates
The reserve is remote and therefore interns arrivals and departures are coordinated to save on transport costs. Arrival is at Durban International airport and the transfer to Somkhanda Game Reserve leaves at 10h00. Transport is provided to departing interns (free only on the scheduled dates) back to Durban International Airport and will drop interns off at 15h00

2017 Starting Dates

09 January - 31 March
06 February - 28 April
06 March - 26 May
03 April - 23 June
01 May - 21 July
29 May - 18 August
26 June - 15 September
24 July - 13 October
21 August - 10 November
18 September - 08 December

2018 Starting Dates

08 January - 30 March
05 February - 27 April
5 March - 25 May
2 April - 22 June
30 April - 20 July
28 May - 17 August
25 June - 14 September
23 July - 12 October
20 August - 9 November
17 September - 7 December


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Conservation Management Internship

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