Biodiversity Field Assistant- Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (CSSL) (flexible start dates, two positions available)

***These internships are only available from October-April of each year as the rainy season renders the duties of the internship ineffective.

The Conservation Society for Sierra Leone (CSSL) promotes the wise use and management of Sierra Leone’s Natural Resources through Education, Advocacy, Research and Site Action (CSSL, acc. 2012). CSSL was founded in September 1986, in response to the need for a local organisation committed to promoting conservation and the management of environmental issues in Sierra Leone (CSSL, acc. 2012).

Interns will be working in the staff offices and all project sites of CSSL in Sierra Leone. Interns will be asked to travel from Freetown to the provinces to conduct field assessments and Biodiversity surveys in all of CSSL’s projects and program areas, in which case cost of transportation and lodging is to be covered by CSSL.

Interns are expected to have completed, or be in their 3rd/4th years of bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in Biology, Environmental Science, Applied Ecology, Wildlife Conservation, or any other related degree. Interns should have relevant experience or coursework in conducting Biodiversity surveys focused on species and habitat conservation. Interns working toward a master’s degree or with professional work experience in a related field are preferred.

Interns must be fluent in English. Interns are expected to be a skilled addition to the CSSL team. Interns should have a basic working knowledge of CSSL’s working history and partnerships in conservation within Sierra Leone before arriving (available on their website).

Basic Job Requirements and Potential Tasks:

Interns will be supervised by CSSL staff, and will receive reference guidelines and supportive/enabling supervision, particularly for the first week upon arrival.

  1. Assist in all Biodiversity surveys and data collection related to species and habitat conservation in all of CSSL’s major projects and programmes, listed here: http://conservationsl.org/projects/
  2. Assist CSSL in supporting the government in implementing the National Tree Planting Drive, Wildlife Bush Fire Prevention and Control, National Environmental Protection and Sustainable management of Mangroves and the forestry programmes.
  3. Assist CSSL in educating and raising awareness of wildlife, threatened species and critical ecosystems.
  4. Any other duty as assigned.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

Please send CV and cover letter explaining motivation for applying to volunteer@acippwestafrica.org. Sample lab reports or letters of recommendation are optional but preferred.

Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Development Internship

Reports To: Agbormuma Farmers Association (AFA)

Interns are expected to have, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent work experience) in a field related to Agriculture, Agricultural Extension, Agricultural Program Evaluation, Business, International Development, or Sociology. Applicants pursuing a master’s degree in Rural Development or pursuing a career within the realm of Agricultural Development will be preferred. You will act as a fully functioning member of the AFA team, with extensive guidance and training provided by the President.

The placements are based in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone where qualified individuals have the amazing opportunity to gain hands on experience while furthering their own education. Interns will be asked to travel to rural areas surrounding Freetown, and costs of transportation to/from the provinces will be covered by AFA.

Basic Responsibilities

The Agriculture and Rural Enterprise Development Intern will work under the supervision of the president and will perform the following:

  1. Identify trainings and skill needs for farmers within the associations’ networks.
  2. Work on the farms with the AFA in planting, harvesting, cultivation, and any other assigned task.
  3. Facilitate communication within the association via organising farm meetings and planning networking activities. Coordinate media programmes and outreach activities, services and/or program implementation in collaboration with relevant institutions in partnership with AFA.
  4. Develop project proposals and business plans based on assessed needs of farmers.
  5. Assist in linking the AFA with development partners and private sector development.
  6. Initiate value chain addition of current products for enhanced market competition.
  7. Any other duty that may be assigned.

All work will be with smallholder, commercialized farmers.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

 

Fundraising Assistant- Conservation Society of Sierra Leone (Flexible start dates, two positions available)

The Conservation Society for Sierra Leone (CSSL) promotes the wise use and management of Sierra Leone’s Natural Resources through Education, Advocacy, Research and Site Action (CSSL, acc. 2012). CSSL was founded in September 1986, in response to the need for a local organisation committed to promoting conservation and the management of environmental issues in Sierra Leone (CSSL, acc. 2012).

Interns will be working in the staff offices of CSSL in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Interns are expected to have completed, or be in their 3rd/4th years of bachelor’s degree (or its equivalent) in the Social Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Business Administration, or Non-profit Management. Interns should have relevant experience or coursework in project writing, grant proposal writing and research, and fund development. Interns working towards a master’s degree in a related field will be preferred.

Interns must be fluent in English. Interns are expected to be a skilled addition to the CSSL team, and should be able to deliver grant and funding opportunities to CSSL during their internship. Interns may also be asked to travel to the provinces to conduct assessments of CSSL’s projects and programs, in which case cost of transportation and lodging is to be covered by CSSL.

Basic Job Requirements and Potential tasks

Interns will be supervised by CSSL staff, and will receive reference guidelines and supportive/enabling supervision, particularly for the first week upon arrival.

  1. Create a grants database and directory for CSSL.
  2. Develop a mechanism to assess the funding needs of the organisation based on financial reports and annual budgets.
  3. Seek and apply for funding for at least two grants during the span of your internship.
  4. Work closely with the Fundraising Officer to achieve annual targets in fundraising plans.
  5. Utilise social networking, email, and other internet resources to create a database of CSSL supporters.
  6. Create and implement an email newsletter to be distributed to CSSL supporters.
  7. Create a strong media and marketing strategy for CSSL to use in increasing its networks.
  8. Any other duty as assigned.

Many universities have given academic credit for our internships, and we will work with you in obtaining credit if you would like.

Please send CV and cover letter explaining motivation for applying to volunteer@acippwestafrica.org. Writing samples, including grant proposals you have personally drafted, and letters of recommendation, are optional but preferred.