Conservation Interns

Conservation Interns

Program: Conservation Interns
Entity: Ascension Island Government
Location: Ascension Island
Stipend: £160/month
Deadline: July 21, 2024

The British Overseas Territory of Ascension Island hosts a unique assemblage of animals & plants in a dramatic volcanic landscape. It is home to one of the world’s largest nesting populations of green turtles, over a million seabirds, plant species found nowhere else on earth & a marine environment that abounds with fish. The Ascension Island Government Conservation & Fisheries Directorate are responsible for protecting and managing this biodiversity.

-Non-native species clearance from high priority conservation sites.
-Monitoring nesting turtle populations through nest counts & post-hatching nest excavations.
-Returning stranded turtles to the ocean.
-Assisting with maintenance of the National Park & Nature Reserves.
-Leading educational tours for members of the public.
-Assisting with the long-term monitoring of seabird populations.
-Assisting with tagging studies of Ascension Island’s near-endemic land crabs.
-Assisting with endemic plant cultivation & restoration work.
-Organizing & leading litter clearing events in protected areas.
-Assisting with marine research to meet the objectives of the Marine Protected Area.
-Producing education & outreach material.

-The ability to work well as part of a team & be mature and reliable.
-A genuine desire to learn more about & to gain experience of practical conservation work.
-Be physically fit & able to carry out strenuous physical activity in high temperatures.
-A willingness to work unconventional hours, including early mornings, some evenings & weekends.
-A full driving license with at least 1 year’s experience of driving manual transmission vehicles.
-Degree in the biological or environmental sciences.
-Boat handling qualifications.
-Good customer service skills & an ability to produce articles for social media.

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