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Internships and Volunteering Opportunities 

If you are interested in a specific topic, you can filter the list below by clicking on one of these links:  
     Agriculture   |   Awareness raising   |   Biodiversity   |   Climate change   |   Drought     
Ecology   |   Food security   |   Forests   |   Funding and resource mobilization   |   Gender
   Land degradation and restoration   |   Land management   |  Migration     
Internship in the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development (Switzerland)
Internship

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is seeking interns in the Trade, Environment, Climate Change and Sustainable Development Branch.


Date: 29/03/2017

Topic: Climate change; Environment; Sustainability

Programme Intern - Environment - Programme Quality (Saudi Arabia)
Internship

The United Nations Development Programme is seeking a Programme Intern - Environment - Programme Quality based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.


Date: 31/03/2017

Topic: Environment; Gender

Internship-Content Management and Social Media (in French;Germany)
Internship

The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is offering internship to assist in content management and social media in French.


Date: 31/03/2017

Topic: Land degradation and restoration; Awareness raising

Internship-Content Management and Social Media (in Spanish;Germany)
Internship

The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is offering internship to assist in content management and social media in Spanish.


Date: 31/03/2017

Topic: Land management; Land degradation and restoration

Internship-Content Management and Social Media (Germany)
Internship

The UNCCD Capacity Building Marketplace is offering internship to assist in content management and social media in Bonn, Germany.


Date: 31/03/2017

Topic: Land degradation and restoration; Land management

Intern - Environment Affairs (in Spanish;Panama City)
Internship

The United Nations Environment Programme is seeking interns based in Panama City.


Date: 31/03/2017

Topic: Environment

Intern-Environment Affairs (in Spanish;Uruguay)
Internship

The United Nations Environment Programme is looking for an Intern-Environment Affairs based in Montevideo, Uruguay.


Date: 06/04/2017

Topic: Environment

Internship - Urban Sustainability and Climate Change (Only Dutch Nationals;Netherlands)
Internship

Two Internship positions available to conduct research on issues of  Urban Sustainability and Climate Change.


Date:

Topic: Land management; Climate change

Urban Greening Internship (South Africa)
Internship

Greenpop is offering urban greening internship based in Cape Town, South Africa.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity; Forests; Environment

Environmental Eco-Education Volunteer (Zambia)
Volunteer

Greenpop invites Environmental Eco-Education Volunteers in Livingstone, Zambia.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity; Ecology; Environment

Internship-GIS-Landscape Restoration (India)
Internship

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is offering a paid internship on GIS-Landscape Restoration in India.


Date:

Topic: Water management; Land management; Land degradation and restoration; Environment

Humberhead Levels Voluntary Trainee (UK)
Volunteer

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust is seeking volunteers to create a more connected environment for people and wildlife, resulting in a more valued and robust natural environment.


Date: 10/01/2017

Topic: Ecology; Biodiversity; Forests

Biodiversity Information and Planning Project Volunteer's (UK)
Volunteer

The Wildlife Trusts is seeking volunteers to help with assessing the outcomes of biodiversity information use in local planning in Northamptonshire.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity

Mangrove Research and Community Development Volunteer (Madagaskar)
Volunteer

Honko Mangrove Conservation & Education is looking for volunteers interested in gaining field experience in nature conservation and sustainable development.


Date: 31/12/2016

Topic: Biodiversity; Forests; Food security

Reforestation Project Volunteer (Madagaskar)
Volunteer

Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership seeks individuals who are willing to be engaged in community-based reforestation efforts in Kianjavato, Madagascar.


Date: 31/12/2016

Topic: Forests; Climate change; Biodiversity

Volunteers for New Zealand Nature Reserve Project
Volunteer

New Zealand Nature Reserve Project is looking for volunteers to work on conservation of rare wetland forest near Wellington, New Zealand.


Date: 01/04/2017

Topic: Biodiversity; Forests

Field Volunteering in Kalamos Island biological field station (Greece)
Volunteer

Greece-based NGO, Terra Sylvestris, gives an opportunity for individuals passionate about nature conservation to facilitate the Kalamos and Kastos Sustainable Development Program.


Date: 31/12/2016

Topic: Biodiversity; Forests

Environment and Economic Development Skills Volunteer (Kenya)
Volunteer

Resource Hub for Development in Kenya is looking for volunteers who will help local communities in Nyanza and Western communities in Kenya to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Date: 31/12/2016

Topic: Agriculture; Gender; Poverty reduction/Development

Online Science Communications Intern (Jordan)
Internship

The CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems offers an internship position to communicate with scientists, the public, investors and distribute information about the research outcomes.


Date: 15/09/2016

Topic: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Climate change; Drought

Tree Planting & Reforestation Volunteer Programme (Cameroon)
Volunteer

The African Conservation Foundation is permanently seeking international volunteers to assist in tree planting and reforestation in Western Cameroon.


Date:

Topic: Forests; Ecology; Biodiversity; Awareness raising; Land management

General Call for Applications – Consultant Roster
Jobs; Internship; Volunteer; Consultancy

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) is accepting expressions of interest from qualified consultancy candidates specialized in the field of forest law enforcement, land and forest tenure reforms, carbon and greenhouse gas measurement, landscape ecology and Soil Science.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Agriculture; Ecology; Forests; Drought; Funding and resource mobilization; Soil science; Land management; Land degradation and restoration

Internship Roster
Internship

Bioversity International is looking for interns to support its work and at the same time acquire practical experience in their field of specialization.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Climate change; Ecology; Food security; Forests

Conservation Week Volunteer
Volunteer

Trees for Life is looking for Conservation Week Volunteers to support conservation work on its project sites across the  Scottish Highlands throughout spring and autumn.


Date:

Topic: Forests

Forest Program Stewardship and Monitoring internship, Texas, USA
Internship

The Nature Conservancy is looking to hire undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2014, 2015, and 2016) in biology, conservation/environmental studies or equivalent for paid internship during May 31st to August 5th, 2016.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Ecology; Forests

Volunteer in Sustainable Development Project
Volunteer

Voluntario Global, a non-profit association based in Argentina with the purpose of developing volunteer programs in Latin America, offers volunteer positions in Sustainable Development Project in Buenos Aires, Argentina.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Ecology

Ecological Volunteers at Volunteer Latin America (VLA)
Volunteer

Volunteer Latin America is seeking volunteers for ecological programs in Quiro, Ecuador, to contribute to revegetation activities, perform greenhouse duties and promote the use of sustainable practices and environmental education amount children and adults.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Ecology

Agronomist Internship at Crop Quest Agronomists
Internship

Crop Quest offers paid internship positions for students during the growing season (from mid-May to mid-August) to perform regular field checks and diagnose problems, and to monitor Soil Moisture Status, among other tasks.


Date: 01/12/2015

Topic: Agriculture

Volunteer opportunities for environmental bloggers (in spanish)
Volunteer

EcoSiglos, a Colombian environmental blog, is looking for environmental bloggers to raise awareness on the environmental challenges of today.


Date:

Topic: Ecology; Awareness raising

Student exchange/professional practices opportunity in Argentina
Volunteer

Implement your university knowledge or provide your professional skills to help the people of Paso Grande in Argentina to implement local development adaptation projects.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Climate change; Drought; Water management

UN Volunteers (UNV), Germany - Internship
Volunteer

UNV provides the opportunity for a limited number of internships at its headquarters in Bonn, Germany. The UNV Internship Programme offers the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNV’s work and is designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in development and volunteerism. It may also complement other studies such as international relations, communications, media relations and social sciences.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Food security; Gender; Migration; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

Volunteer program of the Directorate of the Galapagos National Park
Volunteer

The Directorate of the Galapagos National Park offers volunteer opportunities to learn, participate and contribute directly to the management actions for conservation of this first World Heritage Site, and work for the sustainable development of the province.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Ecology

Multiple opportunities at DHAN Foundation - India
Internship; Jobs; Volunteer

Development of Humane Action (DHAN) Foundation, a professional development organisation is offering opportunities for volunteering, internships as well as jobs for gratuates and post graduates in any discipline with research experience.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Drought; Food security; Gender; Poverty reduction/Development

Volunteering for the Everglades Foundation - USA
Volunteer

Volunteer opportunities with the Everglades Foundation, a US based non-profit  organization dedicated to leading efforts to restore and protect the greater Everglades ecosystem.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity; Ecology; Land management; Land degradation and restoration

Volunteer at Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN), Portugal
Volunteer

Liga para a Protecção da Natureza (LPN) is a Non-profit and Non-Governmental Organization based in Portugal. LPN, the oldest Portuguese environmental association, was created in 1948 with the main goal to protect the environment in the Iberian and needs volunteers.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Ecology; Forests

Internships at the Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE), Pakistan
Internship; Volunteer

The Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment's (SCOPE), an NGO working on sustainable natural resources management (NRM), combating desertification, clean drinking water and environmental law, offers internship opportunities for college students, recent graduate students, and professionals.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity; Climate change; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development; Water management

Internships at The Global Crop Trust in Bonn, Germany
Internship

Global Crop Diversity Trust is an independent international organization which exists to ensure the conservation and availability of crop diversity for food security worldwide.
The Crop Trust accepts applications on a continuous basis for internships.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Biodiversity; Food security

Volunteering positions with "Fight Against Desert Encroachment" (FADE)
Volunteer

Fight Against Desert Encroachment (FADE) is an international non-profit organization formed by Dr. Newton Jibunoh and is accredited to the United Nations World Summit on Sustainable Development. FADE foucses on the prevention and control of environmental degradation and climate change with an emphasis on desertification and desert encroachment.


Date:

Topic: Climate change; Drought; Land management

Volunteers opportunities with the Ecocenter Jeyran Uzbekistan [Russian, German]
Volunteer

Ecocenter Jeyran Uzbekistan is looking for volunteers to help in preserving the rare fauna and flora species of Uzbekistan.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Ecology

Volunteer opportunities with Ak'Tenamit, Guatemala
Volunteer

Ak’ Tenamit is a non-profit association working with Guatemalan Q’eqchi Maya communities. It provides access to education and healthcare, supports micro-enterprise efforts, and promotes environmental sustainability and climate change advocacy and mitigation work, among others.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Food security; Forests; Poverty reduction/Development

Conservation Internship Program in Alaska
Internship

The Alaska Center for the Environment is looking for interns who plan a career path in conservation and are willing to make a long-term commitment to preserving and protecting the environment and diverse cultures of Alaska.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Climate change; Forests; Land management

Nature conservation volunteerism in Australia and New Zealand
Volunteer

Conservation Volunteers recruits volunteers from around the world to join environmental conservation projects in Australia and New Zealand, including land care.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Forests; Land degradation and restoration; Land management; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

Multiple Opportunities at Landesa
Volunteer; Internship; Jobs

Landesa is seeking volunteers to help better improve their website and research assistants through the Washington State Work Study programs at both the University of Washington and Seattle University.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Food security; Gender; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development

International Internship & Volunteer Opportunities with the International Centre For Environmental Education and Community Development(ICENECDEV) 
Internship; Volunteer

The International Centre For Environmental Education and Community Development(ICENECDEV) is offering opportunities to become volunteers and interns in their organization as a way to get involved and have fun outside.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

Internships with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat
Internship

The Ramsar (Convention on Wetlands) offers internship positions in their regionally oriented Internship Programme.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity; Ecology; Land degradation and restoration; Land management; Water management

Volunteer at the Permaculture Institute of El Salvador - Sustainable development and food security
Volunteer

The Permaculture Institute of El Salvador (IPES) welcomes volunteers year round interested in sustainability, community development, organic farming and food security, to live and work on its permaculture demonstration site, offering hands-on experience in permaculture.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Land management

United Nations University: Internship communications and advocacy
Internship

The mission of UNU-FLORES is to contribute to the development of integrated and sustainable management strategies for the use of water, soil and waste resources in particular in developing and emerging countries in scientific, educational, managerial, technological and institutional terms.


Date:

Topic: Land management

Internships - United Nations University
Internship

The United Nations University (UNU) in Bonn recruits highly qualified applicants to work as interns at the different UNU entities.


Date:

Topic: Food security; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations; Water management

International Social Science Council (ISSC): Internship programme
Internship

The ISSC’s internship programme provides students an opportunity to gain exposure to work in an international, multicultural science management environment.


Date:

Topic: Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations; Poverty reduction/Development

Hopelink development project Kenya, Volunteer Opportunity
Volunteer

Hopelink development project is interested in working with volunteers across the world to provide linkages and long lasting partnership for socioeconomic prosperity.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Food security; Poverty reduction/Development

Diversas oportunidades de voluntariado en Guatemala!
Volunteer

Network of volunteer organizations in the promotion diverse volunteer opportunities in Guatemala.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Food security; Gender; Poverty reduction/Development

Do an internship at The Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) in India!
Volunteer; Internship

Do you want to do something for the environment? Do want to make a difference in Conservation? Do you want to get hands-on experience? Work with the Applied Environmental Research Foundation (AERF) Research Team, and do research on e.g. the linkages between Community, Climate Change and Conservation, or flood and desertification issues.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Climate change; Drought; Ecology; Food security; Forests; Poverty reduction/Development

ACDI/VOCA: Multiple volunteering and consultancy positions, Worldwide
Consultancy; Volunteer

Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance (ACDI/VOCA) is offering multiple consultancy and volunteering positions worldwide.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Climate change; Food security; Poverty reduction/Development; Land management

Summer Internship Program: Agricultural Cooperative Development International and Volunteers in Overseas Cooperative Assistance
Internship

Are you a current or recent graduate student looking to make a difference?


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development

ACDI/VOCA: Graduate Student Overseas Volunteer Program
Volunteer

Are you a current or recent graduate student looking to make a difference overseas?


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Gender; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development

Awareness rasing (speakers) for Farm Africa in the UK
Volunteer

Farm Africa is looking for new speakers throughout the UK. You don’t need any previous public speaking experience, just a passion for Farm Africa and our work.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Food security

Internships and on-the-job training at International Rice Research Institute
Internship; Jobs

The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) offers a "Non-degree program" for internships or on-the-job training.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Drought; Food security

Action contre la Faim
Volunteer

Action contre la Faim is looking for volunteers to support their goals: to act effectively and concretely against the persistence of hunger in a world of abundance.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Climate change; Drought; Food security; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development; Water management

The IUCN Environmental Law Centre (ELC) Fellowships and Internships
Fellowship; Internship

The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Environmental Law Centre is a centre that recruits interns and fellowships from around the world.


Date:

Topic: Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Climate change; Ecology; Forests; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

Worldwide Farmers Exchange internships
Internship

Do you want to get work-experience and training for one year on selected host farms in the United States in a specific field of agriculture? submit your application now!


Date:

Topic: Agriculture

Student Internships in Namibia
Internship

To promote capacity building in the environmental education sector in Namibia and worldwide, The Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) offers student internships. Our main partner is the Polytechnic of Namibia's Nature Conservation department.


Date:

Topic: Biodiversity; Climate change; Ecology

Opportunity: DAPA is recruiting interns
Internship

The Decision and Policy Analysis Area (DAPA) of the International Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) is seeking English speaking recent graduates for 6-12 month internships.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Food security; Land management

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), USA - Internship
Volunteer; Internship

Internships offer a small group of outstanding graduate-level students the opportunity to acquire direct exposure to UNDP's work. They are designed to complement development-oriented studies with practical experience in various aspects of multilateral technical cooperation, but also complements other international studies, including law. Internships can take place in a UNDP country office/ regional center or at the organization's Headquarters in New York. Assignments vary greatly in terms of content. Every attempt is made to match the interests of the intern with the needs of the organization.


Date:

Topic: Food security; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), Germany - Internships and fellowships
Volunteer

Occasionally the United Nations arranges ad-hoc internships for graduate students specialising in a field related to the work of the United Nations. These internships are intended to promote among the participants a better understanding of international problems and give an insight into the work of the United Nations and to provide departments with the able assistance of outstanding young students specialising in a field related to their own work.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Climate change; Drought; Food security; Gender; Land degradation and restoration; Land management; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations; Water management

Navdanya, India - Internships on ecological agriculture, food sovereignty, and living democracy
Volunteer

Navdanya means nine crops that represent India's collective source of food security. The main aim of the Navdanya biodiversity conservation programme is to support local farmers, rescue and conserve crops and plants that are being pushed to extinction and make them available through direct marketing. The interns are part of a larger community on the farm that includes short term and long term volunteers, staff and visitors, and must be able and willing to participate with enthusiasm in the life of the farm and for the betterment of the community.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Biodiversity; Food security

Peace Corps, USA - Volunteer
Volunteer

Today's Peace Corps is more vital than ever, working in emerging and essential areas such as information technology and business development, and contributing to the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Peace Corps Volunteers continue to help countless individuals who want to build a better life for themselves, their children, and their communities.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Ecology; Food security; Poverty reduction/Development

World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), Worldwide - Volunteer
Volunteer

"WWOOF is a world wide network of organisations. We link volunteers with organic farmers, and help people share more sustainable ways of living. "


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Land management

UN Volunteers (UNV), Worldwide - Volunteer Programme
Volunteer

The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme is the UN organization that promotes volunteerism to support peace and development worldwide. Volunteerism can transform the pace and nature of development, and it benefits both society at large and the individual volunteer. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for volunteerism globally, encouraging partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming, and mobilizing volunteers.


Date:

Topic: Agriculture; Awareness raising; Food security; Gender; Land management; Migration; Poverty reduction/Development; Stakeholder involvement/Negotiations

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