Applications have closed for 2023

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..

Interns 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 and General Manager. You will do a diverse range of tasks including:

  • Collection and collation of ecological monitoring data (including vegetation surveys, track transects and vertebrate trapping)
  • Community engagement through tours, events, market days & school visits
  • Written communications and fundraising
  • Administrative and housekeeping tasks
  • Fence and infrastructure maintenance and feral animal control
  • Participation in research projects with Arid Recovery staff and collaborators
  • Working with traditional owners
  • Housekeeping tasks essential for running a small NGO

Accommodation and a living allowance ($150 per week) 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.


First intake: 27th February – 2nd June 2023

Second intake: 22nd May – 1st September 2023

Selection criteria

  • A Bachelor degree in Science or Natural Resource Management
  • Some fieldwork experience in ecology or 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. Successful candidates must be willing to comply with government directives and internal workplace requirements for managing the impact of COVID-19.

    How to apply

    Submit your CV and a one-page cover letter to by 28 October 2022.

    Late applications will not be considered. Please include your name in the filename of all documents and specify in your cover letter whether you are applying for the first or second intake.

    With thanks to the Rendere Trust and Upotipotpon Foundation for their ongoing support of internships at Arid Recovery.

    Past Interns