Wildlife Research Internship, Victoria Falls
Monitor lions, elephants, giraffes - and much more - as part of a conservation effort
We have an exciting opportunity for students to join a wildlife research internship in Victoria Falls! It’s a chance to gain field experience with a wildlife conservation organisation within the stunning African bush. As an intern, you’ll monitor animals – such as elephants, lions, and giraffes – and their habitat, as part of a larger research program in the area. You’ll be part of a dedicated team of researchers, interns, and volunteers, and you’ll be based in a tented camp in a beautiful nature reserve.
All this will happen in the most magical setting; not only will you be spending most of your time in the African bush, surrounded by incredible wildlife, but you’ll also be a short drive away from the famous Victoria Falls. During time off, you can enjoy these waterfalls, the welcoming town, and boat cruises on the mighty Zambezi River.
Apply now for this adventurous wildlife internship!
- Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
- Focus Wildlife research and conservation
- Length Minimum of 8 weeks
- Price $4665 for 8 weeks
- Suitable for Students of wildlife sciences or related fields
As a wildlife research intern, you’ll be part of a wildlife and research trust that operates a broad range of wildlife research projects. Their work focuses on lion, hyena, giraffe, elephant, other large mammals, birds, as well as vegetation. Moreover, they run a range of community support and development initiatives, focused on human wildlife conflict mitigation, conservation education, education, and health. Their wide range of initiatives provides a broad spectrum of opportunities for experiential learning in an African context; an ideal setting for an internship in Africa!
All the findings of their wildlife research are part of a larger research initiative by the local wildlife authority; Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Management Authority. They submit monthly reports to the authority for local management use as well as for decision making at a national level. Several papers and publications have arisen from their research, either authored by the team or by interns. Where possible, the trust also works with other conservation NGOs in the area to support them in their work through the collected data.
Though projects regularly change and evolve, here are some examples of wildlife research programs you might get involved in within Zambezi National Park;
- Assessing the giraffe population as part of the conservation management program for the park.
- Studying the size of the elephant population and assessing the nature and scale of the conflict between humans and elephants.
- Helping to evaluate current deterrents of human – wildlife conflicts in the area.
- Doing conservation education sessions in local schools.
- Studying the biodiversity of the park.
- Studying large predators (lion, wild dog, leopard, hyena, and cheetah) and their habitat use.
- Conducting bird surveys.
Participants on this wildlife research internship will be an integral part of the team. You’ll work closely with the research team to collect and analyse data on wildlife in the area. Depending on the need and season, you could be involved in the following research
- Elephant Research
- Giraffe Research
- Biodiversity Studies
- Predator Surveys
- Bird Monitoring
- Vegetation Assessments
Interns are also actively involved in the creation of new studies, monitoring existing ones, and creating reports that reflect the progress of each research program.
You’ll be supervised by Angela Ferguson, who has MSc in Conservation Biology from the University of Cape Town and over three years of field experience in conservation in Zimbabwe and South Africa.
You will be staying at a lovely tented camp in a forest estate, a 20-drive from Victoria Falls. A wonderful natural area with a wealth of flora an fauna surrounds the camp. You’ll stay in spacious safari tents with 4 to 6 people, with a large ablution block a few steps away. Down time is spent in the lounge, which overlooks a waterhole and allows you to watch animals that come drinking.
Your accommodation will be sharing with other interns and project volunteers. It’s basic, but comfortable and well suited to your needs. A cosy lounge offers a relaxing place in the evening for games, movie nights and other gatherings, while a large dining area plays host at mealtimes.
Transport to and from town is provided at scheduled times and taxis can be arranged, meaning that weekends can be spent taking in everything this small and welcoming town has to offer; curio shops, galleries, boutiques, bars and restaurants – not to mention free roaming baboons! A visit to the mighty Victoria Falls themselves is a must too.
Requirements for a wildlife research intern on this program:
- A minimum age of 21
- A strong attention to detail
- Ideally post-graduate level of a relevant study program
- Prior relevant work experience is a preference
The Application Process
If you’re keen on this work placement and feel that you could make a good contribution to this organization, we’d love to hear from you! Here’s what to do:
- Fill in the Application form (it will show in a slider pop-up!) and send us your CV.
- If we might have a placement available for you, we’ll chat with you on the phone or Skype to go through your application and make sure it’s a good match.
- We’ll set up a call between you and the person who would be your supervisor during the work placement.
- If everyone’s happy, we’ll provisionally confirm your placement! We’ll then send you the invoice for the deposit, get started with a detailed booking form, and we’ll give you all the information you need to prepare for your upcoming adventure.
- Only once we receive payment of the deposit your placement will be confirmed.
Or if you’d just like to ask us some questions about this internship first, just shoot us an email, or fill in the contact form. We’ll be happy to assist!
Start dates on this program are flexible, though arrivals are always on Monday. Please enquire about available dates.
8 weeks: USD 4,665
What’s included in the fee?
- All meals
- Airport transfers
- Park access fees on the ground
- All logistics and transport on the ground
- Laundry service
- Wifi access
- Assistance with finding the perfect work placement
- Assistance with your visa arrangement & other preparations
- Supervision during your internship
- Check-in and feedback as well as a reference letter after your internship
- On the ground support during your stay
What is not included in the fee?
- Flights to Victoria Falls
- Visa, medical and travel insurance costs for the duration of your placement – must include cover for repatriation
- Meals, drinks, snacks, and items of personal nature (f.e. curios, gifts, clothing).
- Costs for additional excursions or activities