Conservation Internships


Arid Recovery


Olympic Dam, SA

Arid Recovery offers internships for recent graduates looking to deepen their practical experience in ecology and conservation. This is an opportunity to work with a small team to gain hands-on experience in the spectrum of land management, ecology, research and communications necessary to advance conservation programs.

Arid Recovery is a conservation research initiative based in the South Australian outback and dedicated to the restoration of Australia’s arid lands. Established in 1997, the program is centred around a 123 km2 fenced reserve. Feral cats, rabbits and foxes have been eradicated from a total of 60km2 and five species of locally extinct threatened mammals reintroduced. The remaining 63 km2 of fenced compartments are the focus of innovative conservation research projects.

Arid Recovery is partnered with BHP, the SA Department for Environment and Water, the University of Adelaide and Bush Heritage Australia.

Role description

The intern will assist staff in day-to-day operation of Arid Recovery. At various times you will be working with and supervised by the Ecologist, Community Coordinator, Conservation Land Management Officer Field and General Manager. You will do a diverse range of tasks including:

  • collection and collation of ecological monitoring data (including vegetation survey, track transects and vertebrate trapping),
  • community engagement through tours, events, radio presenting and school visits,
  • written communications and fundraising,
  • administrative and housekeeping tasks,
  • fence and infrastructure maintenance and feral animal control, and
  • the opportunity to undertake an independent project.


1st March – 30th May 2021

14th June – 12th September 2021

Accommodation and a living allowance ($125 per week, plus $25 per week for fuel) will be provided, as well as a contribution towards your travel to and from Roxby Downs ($600 total). Opportunities for paid casual work (tour guiding, helping on education visits) will be available.

Selection criteria

  • A Bachelor degree in Science or Environmental Management
  • Some fieldwork experience in ecology and land management
  • A willingness to learn and to take on a range of tasks
  • Physical fitness for undertaking manual work outdoors
  • A willingness to live in a small community in a remote area
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • Fluency in English
  • Eligible for living and working in Australia for at least 4 months
  • Manual and 4WD driving experience are desirable

Bringing your own car (for personal use) is advantageous, but not essential.

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