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 assist staff in the day-to-day operations of Arid Recovery. At various times, they are supervised by the Field Ecologist and Community Coordinator, Field and Maintenance Officer, Ecologist, Reintroduction Technical Officer and General Manager doing 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
  • opportunities to undertake independent research

Accommodation and a living allowance are provided ($75 per week, plus $25 per week for fuel), as well as a contribution towards travel to and from Roxby Downs ($600 total). Opportunities for paid casual work (tour guiding, helping on education visits) will be available.


18th February – 17th May 2019
17th June – 13th September 2019

How to apply

How to apply: Submit your CV and a one-page cover letter addressing the selection criteria to by 4pm Saturday 1 December. Late applications will not be considered. Please include your name in the filename of all documents and indicate whether you are applying for the February or June intake, or both.

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
  • Physically fit for undertaking manual work outdoors
  • Fluent in English
  • Eligible for living and working in Australia for at least 4 months.
  • Valid driver’s licence
  • 4WD certificate and experience are desirable.

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

Past Interns