Internships: Yookamurra Intern Program 2019-20


Australian Wildlife Conservancy


Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary, South Australia

Australian Wildlife Conservancy (AWC) is an independent, non‐profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of Australia’s threatened wildlife and their habitats. Funded primarily by donations, AWC is taking action to protect Australia’s wildlife by:

  • Establishing a network of sanctuaries that protect threatened wildlife and ecosystems;
  • Implementing practical, on‐ground conservation programs to protect the wildlife at our sanctuaries: these programs include feral animal control, fire management, and the translocation of threatened species;
  • Conducting scientific research that help address the key threats to our native wildlife; and
  • Hosting visitor programs at our sanctuaries for the purpose of education and promoting awareness of the plight Australia’s wildlife.

AWC offers opportunities for promising graduate students to gain valuable field experience in conservation education and community engagement via its Internship Program.

Currently AWC have 2 x three month internships available, each with an exciting training program designed to introduce graduates with an interest in conservation education, environmental interpretations, and community engagement to a variety of sanctuaries with a host of different ecosystems, flora and fauna, field techniques, and conservation issues.

The internships provide a modest living stipend for the duration of the program, plus travel assistance.

Yookamurra interns will spend 3 months based at Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary in South Australia, and depending on the opportunities available could participate in other interpretation programs throughout the AWC south-east region. Basic, self-contained single accommodation is available on-site at each sanctuary location.

To be successful you will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in science/ecology/conservation. Honours or Master's degree desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience with:
    • Tour-guiding, environmental education and/or presenting to groups;
    • Working with children, volunteers and/or community engagement;
    • Living and working in a rural or remote area/community; and
    • Working effectively autonomously and as part of a small team
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written). With a demonstrated ability to present scientific and technical information to wide range of stakeholders including primary and secondary students and the wider community.
  • Experience or an interest in creating interpretative materials for science communication.
  • Demonstrated understanding of, and interest in, Australian ecology and conservation issues including an interest in learning how to identify a range of Australian flora and fauna.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills.
  • Advanced ability to use standard business software (Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook).
  • Moderate level of fitness.
  • Working with Children clearance (SA) [must be obtained prior to commencement, if you don’t already hold a current clearance].
  • Current Provide First Aid certificate or willingness to obtain.
  • A valid, manual Australian drivers’ licence and willingness to attend a 4WD training course. It is desirable to have your own car due to the remote location of sanctuary.
  • You will be an Australian citizen/permanent resident or have a suitable visa that allows participation in this program. A working-holiday visa is not appropriate.

An Internship with AWC will give you:

Experience in public education and community engagement across a number of Australian conservation issues including:

  • Land management, terrestrial biodiversity, and pest plant and animal control;
  • Flora and fauna identification, scientific survey methodology including spotlight surveys, pitfall and funnel trapping, cage trapping;
  • Working with and leading school and community groups; and
  • Collaborating with other regional conservation organisations.
  • Experience across a wide variety of education and engagement techniques including:
  • Engaging diverse audiences (i.e. group size, year level, interest) using a variety of communication strategies, specifically;
  • How to clearly convey an organisation’s message and inspire support; and
  • How to present technical information to a wide range of stakeholders in an easy to understand and informative manner.

Event management:

  • Planning and organisation skills including the ability to prioritise tasks in an efficient manner;
  • Coordinate, manage and report on public education and community engagement events;
  • OH&S and legal considerations when running events and/or visitor management programs; and
  • Creation of interpretation materials such as fact sheets, activity handouts, posters and displays; and how to market these.


  • Safe food handling and hygiene training [AWC will assist you in gaining the appropriate industry recognised Qualification in Food Safety & Hygiene]; and
  • First aid training [AWC will assist you in gaining the appropriate industry recognised First Aid Certification
  • 4WD awareness training [AWC will assist you in gaining the appropriate industry recognised accreditation]

Throughout the internship you will be mentored by a team of experienced managers, ecologists and interpretation staff who will provide on‐going assessment throughout the training program. At the end of the training program, progress will be evaluated, and an assessment report provided.

Depending on the opportunities available, the program may extend to include involvement in interpretation activities at AWC’s other sanctuaries throughout the south-east region.

About the Sanctuary:

Yookamurra Wildlife Sanctuary protects over 5,000 hectares of the Murray Mallee region between the Barossa Valley and Murray River, approximately two hours north-east of Adelaide near Sedan, SA. The sanctuary is dominated by Mallee woodlands, Sugarwood shrubland, and open chenopod shrublands.

Approximately 1,100 hectares of the sanctuary is surrounded by a predator-proof fence, from which feral cats, foxes and rabbits have been removed. This area supports several threatened species including the Greater Bilby, Numbat, Brush-tailed Bettong and Burrowing Bettong.

Yookamurra is the only AWC sanctuary which runs a dedicated education program, taking groups from primary to tertiary students. The staff at Yookamurra are also actively involved in community engagement concerning conservation and land management activities, and run a strong volunteer program.

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