Biodiversity Internship Programme

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Made possible with Grant Funding from the Craters of the Moon Trust

Goals for the Internship Programme:

This programme is a community partnership involving Project Tongariro, DOC, Craters of the Moon Trust, Ngati Rongomai and the Universities of New Zealand. The programme will provide measurable local benefits while ensuring kiwi students continue to have an opportunity to gain practical conservation experiences while working locally.  It is also an opportunity to give time and energy, and to learn from a long-standing and successful not-for-profit conservation organisation.

Project Tongariro aims to support the students by helping them to develop the following personal and professional competencies:

  1. Communication Skills

  2. Self-confidence

  3. Key relationship management

  4. Enthusiastic Participation

  5. Conservation Industry knowledge

  6. Self-sufficiency

  7. Personal Organisation

  8. Professional networks

  9. Professional Ethics

Project Tongariro also wishes to achieve the following:

  1. A cooperative and enthusiastic working relationship with the intern’s University

  2. Increase our knowledge of current academic preparation

  3. Increase awareness of new and innovative ideas in conservation

  4. Gain assistance and expertise in related fields

  5. Develop and/or create new programmes or projects

  6. Survey and evaluate potential employees

Other tasks associated with the Internship

  • Pest management (trap checking, tracking tunnels)

  • Flora monitoring

  • Advocacy

  • Marshalling and assisting at recreational events

  • Other tasks associated with Project Tongariro and Department of Conservation projects as appropriate

It is expected that interns will task manage themselves and will be responsible for delivery of the work.  Project Tongariro and Department of Conservation will provide supervision and guidance through weekly meetings, and where required in the field.  The supervisors will be contactable at all times.

Field Work:
Students will be required to spend time in the field, including sometimes arduous conditions and must be prepared to work in mountain and alpine conditions.  The student may also spend time away from their base location overnight during some projects.

Health and Safety:
Interns will comply with Project Tongariro and Department of Conservation Health and Safety policies and procedures.  They will follow set guidelines and supervisor’s instructions, and will take all practicable steps to ensure their own safety and the safety of others.

Personal Qualities, Characteristics and Attributes:

Interns must show all/or most of the following attributes

  • Experience and confidence in conservation activities, working with projects and multi-disciplinary teams.

  • The capacity to cooperate with others and to communicate ideas effectively across a broad spectrum of interests.

  • A genuine interest in the interpretation and management of natural and historic resources.

  • Proven communication, and public awareness skills.   

For enquiries - please contact
Kiri Te Wano - Conservation Coordinator Project Tongariro
M:  027 628 8009