Intern with NVT

If you’re looking to gain valuable hands-on experience in conservation, then join us on one of our student internship programmes. Perhaps you’re studying in a conservation-related field at university or have recently graduated and need to build up your toolbox of experiences. Either way, our placements are designed to have you out in the field and actively involved in our conservation projects.

What to expect

Our internships are usually connected to specific projects. This means the activities you take part in and working hours will depend largely on the internship available, though they’re likely to be long and a degree of flexibility will be required. You’ll certainly be helping out with our regular events though such as bird ringing, flower walks, surveys and/or holiday programmes. We’ll also give you the opportunity to take ownership of your own mini-project depending on your expertise and interests and we’ll talk you through the options available when you arrive.

You’ll stay in the volunteer/intern house, which is situated in Nature’s Valley about 200m from the office and 1.8km from the local (and only) shop. It’s a 3 bedroom wooden structure and you’ll most likely be sharing a room with another intern. There are plenty of facilities including an open plan lounge/kitchen where you can cook your meals, a braai (BBQ) out back and a washing machine and a tumble dryer for you to do your laundry while you’re with us. There is also wifi at the house.

Why we do it

Many hands make light work and the input and knowledge of a conservation student are invaluable in supporting what we do. We also recognize that a career in conservation is competitive with many positions requiring lots of experience. We’re eager to pass on our knowledge and expertise and develop the next generation of conservationists. It’s all about offering enthusiasts the opportunity to gain valuable experience so they can move forward with their careers. Many students or recent graduates are unsure just what working for a small conservation NPO is actually like – if that’s you, why not sign up and come find out!

Requirements

We are preferably looking for people who have or are studying towards a qualification in a related biological field such as zoology, ecology, ornithology, conservation biology, environmental science, nature conservation, wildlife/natural resource/integrated coastal zone management, environmental education, etc. However, this is not absolutely essential! You will need to be highly self-motivated with a flexible approach and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Trustworthiness, integrity, dedication and a sense of responsibility are essential as is a keen interest in community-based conservation. You’ll also need a good level of physical fitness as there’s sure to be plenty of fieldwork for you to get stuck into. Previous experience in conservation is an advantage, but not necessary, as your willingness to learn and actively participate is most important!

Interested in joining our Internship Programme? Don’t take our word for it, why you should – why not browse through our previous interns and their blogs below and see what they each got up to? Also feel free to read up on our intern programme here.

Contact us to find out more and inquire about prices and availability.

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The Chapter of a Lifetime

The Chapter of a Lifetime

Where to even begin… In early 2019 I was afforded the greatest opportunity of being selected as one of 50 individuals to take part in the WWF-SA Environmental Leaders Internship Program. I still remember waking up to an email from Mark offering me a position at...

Conservation and wildlife encounters

Conservation and wildlife encounters

by Ide Uitentuis Lauren, a WWF intern at NVT, picked me up at the airport and brought me back to the intern house, where I found a lovely welcoming letter with NVT polo shirts, an NVT hat, and a buff. Since I’ve been the only international intern at that time, I was...

A time full of glee with the NVT

A time full of glee with the NVT

by Samuel Karlsson Straight away when I arrived in South Africa I was very well received by Kellyn, an NVT staff member who picked me up from the airport in George and drove me to the intern house in Nature’s Valley. Right off the bat, it was all about getting to know...

An amazing experience with Nature’s Valley Trust

An amazing experience with Nature’s Valley Trust

by Daniel Jongeling For my second year of university, I got the opportunity to go abroad for a 2-month internship. With Jappe, a friend of mine, I decided to go to South Africa to join Nature’s Valley Trust’s marine team.  We had a long, exhausting flight that took...

My Time at NVT

My Time at NVT

by Jappe Rempe   After flying for 20 hours, I and my good friend and travel companion Daniël finally arrived at the beautiful scenery of South Africa. Coming from The Netherlands, stepping out of the plane in the warm (winter!) sun surrounded by mountains was a very...

Nature’s Irreplaceable Blessings

Nature’s Irreplaceable Blessings

by Liz Choi NVT has been a place of growth, peace, and true beauty surrounded by people sharing the same genuine respect for nature. My experience with NVT has been a gift to me that I will hold closely to my heart. With moments of laughter, love, and excitement, it...

Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by Faye Hudson Having already spent six months of the year away from home on my university placement, I was a little hesitant to leave again, especially as my previous two three-month trips were such a success! How could I be sure that South Africa was going to live...

Beautiful Ocean Encounters, Fun and Hard Work

Beautiful Ocean Encounters, Fun and Hard Work

by Saskia Schmole Before I even left Germany, to start my internship with Nature's Valley Trust, I struggled for 6 months to get the 5 months visa and I spent a lot of energy, time and money on it. So, all I could think about was “I hope it´s all going to be worth...

I Left a Boy and Came Back a Man

I Left a Boy and Came Back a Man

by Ri Galway Natures Valley Trust is not just an organisation, but an embodiment of hard work and dedication that can only be created by the kind of people that reside within its local community. Before I started my 3-month internship with NVT I was on a game reserve...