The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is one of the largest and most respected biodiversity conservation NGOs in southern Africa, with an excess of 100 projects and has been in operation for over 40 years. If you’d like to be a part of our ‘Conservation in Action team visit this page regularly for the latest career opportunities.’

Each CV received will be reviewed by the EWT Human Resources department; however please note that it is not possible for us to communicate individually with each and every applicant. We acknowledge that the task of seeking employment can be exhausting and demotivating at times; and we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for considering the EWT. Remember “You cannot expect victory and plan for defeat.” - Joel Osteen

The Endangered Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are requested to submit a CV and a brief motivation as to why and how they would see themselves in the advertised position. Applicants who have not been contacted within 14 days of the closing date must please assume that their applications were not successful. The EWT reserves the right not to make an appointment.

To apply please e-mail your CV to the Human Resources Manager.

  • Include a detailed motivation letter as to how and why you are the best candidate for this position
  • Photo of yourself.

Alison Jänicke - email
Attention: Human Resources and Office Manager
Postal: Private Bag X 11, Modderfontein, 1645 or
Physical: Building K2, Pinelands Office Park, Modderfontein, 1609
Fax: 086 636 5823

Endangered Wildlife Trust - Drylands Conservation Programme volunteers

Purpose: The EWT’s Drylands Conservation programme (EWT-DCP) is seeking two volunteers, who will be offered the opportunity to contribute to an all-new, ground-breaking initiative aimed at conserving the Critically Endangered Riverine Rabbit (Bunolagus monticularis).

The initiative entails training a scent detection dog for the purposes of locating the rabbits in the field. The volunteers will be required to carry out fieldwork with the scent detection team and record data, which will complement the current research being carried out by the Drylands Conservation Programme. 

Qualifications, experience and attributes:

  • Applicants with a degree in Conservation, Zoology and related subjects will be an advantage;
  • Good research and data collection skills and data management;
  • Good report writing skills;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft office software;
  • Willingness to camp for periods during fieldwork;
  • Fieldwork experience: Ability to undertake tasks that are physically demanding.
  • First aid, navigation abilities and off-road driving skills will be advantageous.
  • Must love dogs!

Interpersonal skills:

  • Disciplined, innovative and energetic;
  • Excellent communication skills and fluency in English.
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of team; and
  • Self-motivated and disciplined with strong people skills and an approachable manner.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Assist with scent detection dog related fieldwork;
  • Data collection and entry;
  • Analysing data collected from the fieldwork and surveys;

This position is a volunteer position and applicants will be working in the Loxton area (Northern Cape), South Africa. The town of Loxton is remote and situated in a semi-arid environment. Fieldwork will take place during winter months (May-September) and we would require a volunteer to commit to at least a 3-month period.

Volunteers will have the exclusive opportunity to work with specialist EWT-DCP field staff, gain unique innovative knowledge on scent detection work and methodologies, experience the distinct Karoo environment (SA biome) and have the opportunity to see one of the most endangered mammals in the world. This is an unrivalled, once in a lifetime experience!

Volunteers will be required to pay their own travel and food costs, while accommodation will be organized by the EWT-DCP at a discount rate to the volunteer.

Applicants are requested to complete the application form below and submit the completed form and a short CV (two pages), to motivate your selection for this unique experience. Applicants who have not been contacted within 10 days of the closing date must please accept that their applications were unsuccessful. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

Closing date: 1st of April 2017. To apply please e-mail your documents for this volunteer position to Esté Matthew ( and cc Bonnie Schumann ( ). Please feel free to contact us if you have additional queries. For more information on the programme visit