Internships

PRESENCE Learning Network internships offer students and recent graduates the opportunity to gain experience through working on the ground and contributing to the landscape. 

The type of work will depend on the requirements of the landscape at the time of the internship. From large-scale assignments to multiple smaller responsibilities, our internships require significant flexibility. Living Lands mentors work with our interns to adapt to the landscape’s needs and we require all interns to embrace ever-changing tasks and requirements with ease.

Internships are offered for a minimum of 3 months, up to a maximum of 6 months. This period allows interns to settle into the area and subject matter and to produce a substantial piece of work. Start and end dates are agreed upon by the intern and the Living Lands mentor.

The Process

After completing the booking enquiry form, your details will be sent to the relevant landscape and a potential mentor will be assigned to you. The mentor will set up a Skype interview and if successful, you will be invited to undertake an internship.

On arrival to the landscape, your Living Lands mentor will provide you with tasks and responsibilities to complete during the internship period.

Booking Enquiry

Please fill in the enquiry form for us to determine if a suitable internship position is available. 

Skype Interview

If your enquiry fits with our requirements, you will be assigned a potential mentor who will arrange and carry out an interview with you over Skype.

Approval

If the interview is successful, you will be asked to complete a detailed information form and pay a deposit.

Confirm Dates

Arrival dates will then be mutually agreed upon and pick up transportation from the airport will be organised.

Start
internship

Once you arrive at the landscape, your tasks will be discussed and you’ll get started! Final payment is required prior to finishing the internship.

The Costs

Accommodation

R6 000 p/m

Once-off

administration

R3 500

Airport pick-up

drop-off

Up to R6 040

Discounts

Available when transport to or from the airport can be combined with other trips.

Available Internships

 

Baviaanskloof

Topic 1: Ecological rehabilitation and veld (rangeland) management


Largely comprising physical activities in the field, as well as administrative work, data collection and data capture, site inspections and assisting experimental trials.




Topic 2: Regenerative agriculture


Collection of field data, assisting with the setting up of field trials and other administrative requirements.




Topic 3: Game management


This work comprises field data collection and administrative duties.





Cape Town Catchments

Topic 1: Riparian rehabilitation monitoring and evaluation


Assist with evaluating the efficacy of active restoration attempts of previously invaded riparian habitat.




Topic 2: River quality mapping


Help to map the water quality of important rivers in the Upper Breede and Berg River Catchments. Explore the effect of agricultural run-off on water quality.




Topic 3: Regenerative farming in the Upper Berg and Breede


Explore the potential viability of different regenerative farming practices in the Upper Breede and Berg River Catchments for fruit, vineyard and grain production systems.





Langkloof

Topic 1: Invasive Alien Species (IAS) management


The internship will assist the team to understand the practical management of invasive alien species in the Langkloof by reviewing plant physiology and traits and background research on biocontrol. It builds on a comprehensive literature review on IAS relevant to the region.




Topic 2: GIS mapping and database management


This important work involves GIS map development and database management of existing data to support landscape-level planning. Requires GIS technical abilities.




Topic 3: Honeybush Cultivation


Work under this topic will build on research conducted in 2019, looking at the optimal soil conditions for the cultivation of indigenous honeybush using regenerative agriculture principles.





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