Environment & Sustainability Internships

Environmental Internships in South Africa

As part of our environmental internships in South Africa you can learn about environmental management as well as approaches to environmental sustainability approaches in a country of the Global South. At the same time you contribute to the protection of South Africa’s unique biodiversity and assist in poverty alleviation through sustainable urban farming initiatives.

In nature conservation and biodiversity projects you can assist the rehabilitation of endangered species, the planting of indegenous plants and trees as well as the greening of urban areas. You can also assist rangers in urban nature conservation areas or in a marine conservation program. Depending on your background you can also get involved in research, environmental education and project management tasks.


In sustainability and food security projects you can contribute to sustainable poverty alleviation initiatives in Cape Town and surrounding rural areas. Climate change and the various water crisis in recent years have caused a sharp increase in food prices and with that also an increase of related problems such as malnutrition. As an intern  you can assist in permaculture and urban farming projects that seek to contribute to sustainable development as well as food security.


Check out the below nature conservation&sustainability projects in in South Africa that look for assistance: 

Nature Reserve Cape Town

This Nature Reserve is the largest of 8 sanctuaries on the False Bay coastline in Cape Town's South. The reserve functions as a fish hatchery, nursery and habitat for many animals, especially birds. Various endangered species also find refuge here. At the same time it is a popular site for recreational activities. Interns assist conservation and rehabilitation tasks as well as environmental education activities with school children.

Climate Protection Cape Town

This social entreprise in Cape Town focuses on reforestation projects as well as urban greening and environmental education initiatives in Southern Africa. As an intern in the Cape Town office you assist the planning and supervision of urban greening and rural reforestation projects. You also have a chance to get your hands dirty and occasionally support the planting of trees in Cape Town's Townships and assist with tasks in the tree nursery of the project.

Urban Farming Project

Would you like to learn more about urban farming approaches or get involved in land reform and sustainable urban development in a booming metropolis on the African continent? Would you like to help out on a farm or share or expand your knowledge in the field of business administration, urban development or permaculture? Then this urban agriculture and sustainable urban development initiative in Cape Town, South Africa, offers you a wide range of opportunities to get involved and gain relevant professional experience.

Marine Conservation & Marine Biology

The Marine Conservation & Biology Project is looking for post-grad students or graduates of marine biology, oceanography, biology, environmental sciences, geography or related subjects who would like to gain professional experience outside Europe. You will support a marine conservation foundation in various tasks to protect the of South Africa's pristine coastlines and aceans. You will also gain work experience in the field of environmental research, education and marine conservation in South Africa.

Organic Farming

Besides poultry, livestock and beekeeping this small organic farm operated by a 5 star private nature reserve grows vegetables, herbs and salads and trains local women in developing and marketing various farm products. As an intern you assist all tasks on the farm such as sewing, planting, weeding, harvesting, general maintenance as well as research and development of new products.

Food Security Cape Town

Are you passionate about gardening, fresh food and healthy eating? Do you want to learn more about promoting food security, resilience and sustainable urban development in a metropolitan region in Africa? You have good administrative skills, experience in organising trainings for young adults or in marketing and business administration? Or you are a handy (o-)man and ready to get your hands dirty? Then this intenship placement in the field of sustainability and food security in Cape Town, South Africa, is an exciting experience for you!

Environmental Management

This nature reserve has opened its doors in 1956 and is home to the only hippo family in Cape Town. As an intern you assist all protection and rehabilitation tasks, i.e. you assist the team to monitor plant and animal populations or to take soil and water samples. From January to March you also assist educational programmes with schools and youth organisations.

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