Career Opportunity /  3 May 2024

Conservation Science Intern - Space for Giants, Nanyuki

Space for Giants is looking for a Conservation Science Intern to help support the Conservation Science team in managing data flow, storage, and analysis to maximize the efficiency of monitoring and evaluating impact. 

Deadline: 3 May 2024 - the deadline has passed.
Nanyuki - Kenya


Space for Giants is an international conservation organisation based in Africa, founded in 2011 with a mission to protect the natural ecosystems on which Africa’s large wild animals depend, ensuring they are valued by local people. They have three thematic pillars of work to achieve their mission which are: 

1) The protection and management of natural ecosystems and associated value creation for local citizens; 

2) Combating the illegal wildlife trade; and 

3) Promoting Human-Wildlife Coexistence. 

Grounded in world class science, they bring high quality technical expertise and experience to inform and deliver their conservation programmes, wherever they work. They also pride themselves on being adaptable and nimble to respond quickly to emerging opportunities and evolving challenges in a very dynamic space.

Conservation Science Programmes Intern 

Space for Giants is growing and looking for a Conservation Science Intern. The role will help support the Conservation Science team in managing data flow, storage, and analysis to maximize the efficiency of monitoring and evaluating their impact. The intern will also help the team conduct novel social and ecological research on different thematic areas. This internship is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to gain practical experience in conservation  and develop their skills in a dynamic and supportive environment.

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

Job Description
Performance Criteria
  1. Improve storage and management of data on the location and nature of human-elephant conflict incidents in Laikipia, Uganda, and elsewhere and ensure all historical data is in the same format and convert this into well labelled shapefiles.
  2. Support the management of data from camera trap images/footage: this will involve building up identification files for identified individual elephants along the West Laikipia Fence and labelling in google drive and google photos on a weekly basis. This data should be organized to identify fence-breaking elephants, show different elephant behaviors and fence performance.
  3. Support GIS data cleaning, sourcing and upload to ArcGIS online and Earth Ranger.
  4. Support data analysis and report writing for different projects including elephant tracking, Earth ranger, baseline surveys, and human-elephant conflict and mitigation.
  5. Support the development of manuscripts for submission to scientific journals using existing Space for Giants data.
  6. Any other duty assigned by Space for Giants team members.
Person Specification

Key Skills: Experienced in project management impact measurement, Efficient, Hard-Working, Driven, Innovative and Organized. 

Uphold the cultural values and code of conduct of Space for Giants: Passion, Integrity, Respect, Sustainability, and Innovation. 

Experience, Knowledge & Competencies

  • Bachelor's degree in wildlife management, biological or social sciences, or a related field - value candidates who are eager to learn and have a genuine interest in conservation.
  • Excellent GIS mapping skills.
  • Understanding of Earth ranger, SMART, and Survey 123 is a strong advantage.
  • Ability to spend time in a “bush” environment.
  • Strong organisational skills with attention to detail - looking for someone who is highly organized and can manage multiple priorities effectively.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal - need someone who can communicate clearly and effectively with different stakeholders.
  • Tech savvy - able to effectively and efficiently use technology and software systems in performing tasks. Proficiency in software programs i.e. Google Suite or Microsoft Office, knowledge of digital communication tools, such as email, calendar management and experience with HR management systems or databases. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and adapt to changing priorities - looking for someone who can collaborate effectively with others and can adapt to changing situations.
Additional information
  • While this internship does not provide compensation for work performed, please note that a small facilitation fee will be offered to assist with expenses. 
  • The intern will receive on-the-job training on a broad scope of activities in line with the delivery of the work conducted by the Conservation Science Department, areas of research and technology being applied. Depending on performance there may be opportunities for future involvement in Space for Giants' portfolio of projects.
  • Note that incomplete applications will not be considered, and diversity balance considerations will be applied in the selection process. 
How to Apply 

Please note that only online applications will be considered. If you meet the above qualifications, skills and experience, please apply via provided link here. 

Application Deadline: May, 03 2024 at 5.00pm EAT. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis