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.
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.
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.
If the interview is successful, you will be asked to complete a detailed information form and pay a deposit.
Arrival dates will then be mutually agreed upon and pick up transportation from the airport will be organised.
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.
R6 000 p/m
Up to R6 040
Available when transport to or from the airport can be combined with other trips.
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
Topic 2: River quality mapping
Topic 3: Regenerative farming in the Upper Berg and Breede
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.