Rewilding Europe is looking for two students interested in wildlife

April 19, 2015

We have experienced that there is a lot of interest with students in topics that Rewilding Europe is addressing within its initiative.

Wild, native original Fallow deer, Dama dama, Studen Kladenets reserve, Eastern Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria
Wild, native original Fallow deer, Dama dama, Studen Kladenets reserve, Eastern Rhodope mountains, Bulgaria
Staffan Widstrand / Rewilding Europe

Also, Rewilding Europe wants to provide students with the opportunity to dedicate their study to such topics, in a way that both the students can learn and gain experience and that Rewilding Europe can make good use of the results of their work. We can provide for internships at both the central level as in the rewilding areas we work throughout Europe. 

What do we offer?

Currently, we have the possibility for an internship for two students who have a strong interest and want to pursue their career in wildlife and wildlife management, in particular related to European mammals and birds. These two students would be based in the Netherlands at our home office in Nijmegen to do a bachelor or MSc.

Wildlife Inventory in our rewilding areas

The internship is a desk study, where we would like the students to collect information about wildlife for all our rewilding areas – currently seven but soon eight or nine areas in different parts of Europe. This information would cover species composition, numbers, distribution, trends and other relevant information.

The information has to be collected from existing databases, reports, publications, hunting statistics, grey literature and other possible sources. We would like to have an overview of the key species (large mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians) as a start, with populations estimates based on most recent data.

The inventory will serve different purposes:

  • To provide clarity about current species presence, numbers, distribution and possible trends in our rewilding areas. This will provide baseline data, which enables us to monitor changes.
  • To provide information about ‘specialties’ or ‘endemics’ – that would make nature tourists go and visit the areas. At a later stage, we could also include other species groups such as butterflies or other insects.
  • To present this information on the Rewilding Europe website, which will help promoting these areas as nature tourism and wildlife watching destinations (through our website, ESC and local websites).

The result of the study will be:

  • A report with an overview per area, and a summarized overview of all areas;
  • For each rewilding area on the website, a page on ‘wildlife’ including relevant information.

The wildlife page on the website will be developed in cooperation with our web designer and manager.

Next to the basic requirements for becoming a RE internship student at this position (see basic internship criteria), good command of English language and be committed to a real desk study.

Are you a keen and motivated wildlife lover, do you have already knowledge about European wildlife and are you interested? Then you are welcome to send us your motivation letter and CV to before 1 May 2015.

Rewilding Europe will offer:

  • Office space and guidance during the internship (minimum 2 days/week),
  • Cost recovery upon prior agreement;
  • Official feedback (for university students who need internship evaluation);
  • A chance to be part of a truly dedicated team with a bold and unorthodox vision;
  • Name and fame!
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