Internship at Tanzania People & Wildlife
Tanzania People & Wildlife (TPW) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife and important natural habitats through a community-driven approach. TPW helps rural communities develop their skills and abilities to protect natural resources in a manner that maximizes their benefits from these landscapes while also preserving ecological integrity. Emphasizing the critical importance of community-led initiatives, the organization provides information, training and service level support to its rural constituencies to strengthen local institutions and community driven actions for natural resource management and wildlife conservation. TPW operates from the Noloholo Environmental Center on the Maasai Steppe in northern Tanzania. Sharing a boundary with Tarangire National Park, this center acts as TPW’s regional headquarters as well as an educational center where rural community members improve their understanding of the environment and develop hands-on skills in natural resource management. From this center, TPW operates programs in four major programmatic areas: 1) wildlife conservation and human-wildlife conflict prevention, (2) youth environmental education and adult capacity building & training, (3) natural resource conservation and rangeland management, and (4) environmentally-sustainable conservation enterprise and development. TPW values the roles of women in communities and in conservation. Empowering women is a critical component of successful conservation and community development programming, and TPW is committed to amplifying the voices of women in Tanzania. Through our new Women in Conservation Internship Program, TPW will build the capacity of Tanzanian women with a passion for the environment and a desire to make change in their communities. A skills development and mentorship program, this internship will enhance the employ-ability of qualified women in the field and foster a spirit of women’s empowerment in conservation.
TPW is seeking a passionate, energetic and hard-working individual to fill the position of Media Intern as part of our Women in Conservation Internship Program. The successful applicant will assist with TPW’s marketing and outreach program in developing compelling stories of impact through photography and film. The internship will require experience with photography, videography, and storytelling, particularly in the conservation and community development fields. The successful candidate must have impressive communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a multi-cultural environment with diverse stakeholders. This internship will be based at the Noloholo Environmental Center but will require travel to remote program areas with limited facilities; the intern should enjoy a balance of field and office work.
- Assist TPW to enhance the organization’s capacity in storytelling so that it can better achieve its community-based conservation goals and objectives.
- Engage with TPW program staff to understand TPW conservation programs and impact.
- Develop narratives around each of TPW’s program areas and design compelling stories for TPW’s marketing and outreach team.
- Create short videos for each of TPW’s conservation programs including interviews with staff and beneficiaries.
- Photograph each of TPW’s conservation programs as well as the Noloholo Environmental Center and partner communities.
- Assist with the development of ArcGIS Story Maps as a narrative tool for disseminating impact stories.
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor.
The successful candidate should have interest in and experience with photography, filmmaking, and storytelling. A priority is placed on videography. The candidate should also demonstrate interest in conservation careers and environmental issues. We are looking for an individual with the ability to learn quickly, work in a team, and collaborate with diverse communities. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience in conservation and community engagement.
Bachelor’s or equivalent degree in one of the above fields
Proven experience in film-making, photography, and storytelling (priority is film-making)
Proven experience working with rural communities
Strong interpersonal skills, including training and capacity building, and respect for other cultures
Experience with community-based conservation
Willingness to live and work in the field (must be willing to camp)
Excellent spoken and written English skills
- Proficiency with ArcGIS Story Maps
- Proficiency in Maa language
- Reports to: Laura Milton, APW Director of Marketing and Communications (based in USA) and Yusuph Kaaya, TPW Finance and Administration Officer
Duration: March – August 2020 (with possible extension)
Stipend & Benefits: Small stipend, basic housing and food provided onsite. Career mentoring with experienced conservation professionals.
Tanzania People & Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates should send the following to [email protected] with Women in Conservation Media Internship in the subject line by February 15th, 2020:
2. Contact information
3. Three references
4. Cover letter outlining interest in applying along with relevant experience, qualifications, and skills
Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.