Space for Giants is an international | Conservation Programme Intern

Space for Giants

Conservation Programme Intern

Programmes · Kenya, Nanyuki


Department: Programmes

Location: Kenya HQ – Nanyuki

Contract Type: 3 months term contract

Hours: 40 hrs per week

Reporting to: Conservation Monitoring Coordinator

Direct Reports: None

About Us

Space for Giants is an international conservation organization, based in Africa, established in 2011. Our mission is to safeguard the natural ecosystems supporting Africa’s large wild animals, ensuring their value to local communities. Currently operational in 11 countries across Central, East, and Southern Africa, we tackle pressing conservation challenges through three core pillars: 1) Protecting and managing natural ecosystems for local benefit; 2) Combating illegal wildlife trade; and 3) Promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence. We pride ourselves on collaborative partnerships with national governments, aligning our efforts with their priorities. Grounded in rigorous science, we deliver high-quality technical expertise to drive conservation Programs, remaining adaptable to evolving challenges. Visit for more information.


Conservation is fundamentally about human choices and behavior. It requires interdisciplinary approaches, integrating biology, social science, and politics. Evidence-based solutions drive our work, underpinned by our Conservation Science Department. We tackle critical questions surrounding human-wildlife interactions, landscape use, and governance to develop effective conservation strategies. Our goal is to manage human impact on nature amidst development and climate change.

Role Summary

The Conservation Science Intern will assist the Conservation Science team in managing data flow, storage, and analysis to enhance our monitoring and evaluation efforts. Additionally, they will support research initiatives on various conservation themes.

This internship offers practical experience in conservation within a dynamic and supportive environment.

Job Description

Performance Criteria

  • Enhance data storage and management of human-elephant conflict incidents across Laikipia, Uganda, and other regions, ensuring uniform formatting and conversion into labeled shapefiles.
  • Assist in managing camera trap data, including identification files for individual elephants along the West Laikipia Fence, and categorizing behaviors and fence performance.
  • Support GIS data cleaning, sourcing, and upload to ArcGIS online and Earth Ranger.
  • Aid in data analysis and report writing for projects such as elephant tracking, Earth Ranger, and human-elephant conflict mitigation.
  • Contribute to manuscript development for submission to scientific journals using existing Space for Giants data.
  • Fulfill any additional duties assigned by Space for Giants team members.

Culture and Values

  • Advocate for organizational culture and values to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Uphold and promote Space for Giants’ Vision, Values, and Culture Contract.
  • Undertake other relevant tasks as directed by the Supervisor.

Person Specification

Key Skills: Proficient in project management and impact measurement, efficient, hard-working, innovative, and organized.

Experience, Knowledge & Competencies

  • Bachelor’s degree in wildlife management, biological or social sciences, or related field, with a genuine interest in conservation.
  • Strong GIS mapping skills.
  • Familiarity with Earth Ranger, SMART, and Survey 123 advantageous.
  • Willingness to work in bush environments.
  • Exceptional organizational skills with keen attention to detail.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Tech-savvy with proficiency in Google Suite or Microsoft Office and digital communication tools.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and adaptively in a team environment.

Additional Information

  • While this internship is unpaid, a facilitation fee will be provided for expenses.
  • On-the-job training will be offered across various activities within the Conservation Science Department.
  • Opportunities for future involvement in Space for Giants projects may arise based on performance.
  • Diversity considerations will be applied in the selection process.

How to Apply

Online applications only. Apply via the provided link.

Application Deadline: May 03, 2024, at 5.00pm EAT. Rolling basis review.

Please submit applications in English.

Expert Tips To Be A Successful Applicant for Conservation Programme Intern

  1. Research Thoroughly: Understand Space for Giants’ mission, values, and current projects to tailor your application accordingly.
  2. Highlight Relevant Experience: Emphasize any prior experience in conservation, GIS mapping, or related fields.
  3. Showcase Technical Skills: Demonstrate proficiency in GIS software and other relevant technologies.
  4. Communicate Effectively: Craft a clear and compelling application, showcasing strong written and verbal communication skills.
  5. Demonstrate Adaptability: Showcase your ability to thrive in dynamic environments and willingness to work in diverse settings.
  6. Express Passion: Convey your genuine passion for conservation and commitment to making a positive impact.
  7. Provide Evidence: Support your qualifications with concrete examples of your achievements and contributions.
  8. Follow Instructions: Ensure your application is complete and adheres to the specified guidelines.
  9. Network Strategically: Connect with professionals in the conservation field to gain insights and potentially enhance your application.
  10. Stay Positive: Maintain a positive attitude throughout the application process, and be prepared for potential challenges and opportunities.


Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

I am writing to express my keen interest in the Conservation Programme Intern position at Space for Giants, as advertised. With a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Management and a genuine passion for conservation, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to your impactful initiatives.

During my academic and professional journey, I have honed my skills in GIS mapping, data analysis, and project management, which I believe align well with the requirements of this role. My experience conducting fieldwork in diverse environments has equipped me with adaptability and resilience, qualities essential for navigating the challenges of conservation work.

I am particularly drawn to Space for Giants’ collaborative approach and commitment to evidence-based conservation. Your organization’s focus on human-wildlife coexistence resonates deeply with me, and I am eager to support your efforts in safeguarding natural ecosystems.

Enclosed is my resume, which provides further details about my qualifications and experiences. I am enthusiastic about the possibility of contributing to Space for Giants’ mission and would welcome the opportunity to discuss how my skills align with your needs in more detail.

Thank you for considering my application. I look forward to the possibility of contributing to your esteemed organization.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

We wish you the best in your application process! Space for Giants is committed to attracting and retaining diverse talent and does not charge any application/recruitment fees, whether refundable or not. For further details, please visit our website.


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