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Internships & work experience

We offer early career development opportunities to students in a variety of study areas, both office- and field-based. These are a chance to experience working life at a leading conservation organisation.

There are three tiers to our early career development program:

1. Internships

Paid positions available to recent graduates.

2. Work placements

Unpaid roles available to tertiary or TAFE students who need workplace learning to complete their qualifications.

3. Work experience

Unpaid positions available to high school students.

Note that office-based placements will be at our Melbourne CBD headquarters.

Application process

We offer student placements, paid internships and paid traineeships across all areas of the organisation including office and field based positions, each year. Applications are accepted twice a year in Spring and Summer. Please subscribe to our email news to stay up-to-date with details.

Research collaborations

For enquiries about undertaking your own research projects on Bush Heritage reserves (honours, PhDs, etc.) please download and complete an Expression of Interest form and email to [email protected].

If you’re interested in participating in research that’s a priority for Bush heritage, please go to our Knowledge Strategy and explore our knowledge gaps. Then email your resume and research interests with a covering letter to the email address above.

Include details of:

  • Your area of study
  • Any specific fields of interest or skills
  • Experiences you seek or skills you wish to develop
  • Why you'd like to undertake research with Bush Heritage
  • When you'd ideally like to start your research
  • What level of research (e.g. Masters, PhD, Post-Grad) you’re interested in.

Careers in conservation

To learn more about careers in conservation watch the webinar below. Our Executive Manager, Science and Conservation, Dr Rebecca Spindler, shares her journey and career in conservation followed by an interview with intern, Hayley Sime. Rebecca has her perfect job. Hayley is working towards hers.