Where To Find Wildlife Jobs and Internships

I’m a compulsive job hunter, finding it weird that I’ve actually sorted out the next small portion of my life. For the time being, the job hunting has to stop, because I’m not available any more! How bizarre. But for anyone still seeking, these are the resources I bookmark and follow and check with alarming regularity.

This is my favourite resource for marine biology jobs. They always seem to have pretty much every vacancy out there (anything marine job I’ve seen first elsewhere has popped up here within a couple of days). They also have separate pages for “Paid Jobs” and “Volunteering and Internships”.

In the latter category they do have several of the usual very expensive opportunities, but also a wide variety of cheaper or no-cost positions, and even the occasional stipend-paying internship will be listed here. You can also sign up to a weekly job email. Since I was checking back every day or two this didn’t do much for me, but if your search is more casual then it’s a good way to keep up with recent job openings. It also includes interviews with employed professionals in marine biology about how they got to where they are today.

If you want to be the next Dian Fossey or Jane Goodall, but you don’t have Lewis Leakey’s phone number, Primate Info Net is a good place to start. The vacancies here are definitely life goals for a lot of people – if you fancy researching forest baboons, marmosets, macaques, orang-utans, bonobos or chimpanzees, look no further.

ConBio has a lot of really interesting opportunities, often very niche field assistant roles that I haven’t seen elsewhere. The site allows you to sort by a number of categories, including sector, field, job level, employment type, salary, and location. You can set up job alerts, search employers, and read very good careers advice.

A brilliant resource for serious paid jobs in the environmental sector, mostly (but not exclusively) UK based. Again you can refine your search by a good range of fields to make sure you see the type of opportunities you’re looking for (although I’m not always sure I agree with their definition of an entry level job – if it requires 3 years of experience, I’d say it doesn’t qualify).

If/when I give up on not making any money, this is the site I will turn to in search of a real career that I can still get excited about.

(Okay, so you can’t say much about the web design skills of marine biologists, but hear me out…)

Slightly different, MARMAN is not a jobs site but a mailing list for marine mammal professionals. There are job listings, which are often unusual and exciting, but also courses, opinions, and scientific publications. Prominent marine mammal researchers from all over the world use MARMAN to share and discuss. All of this is worth keeping up with, but you will be spammed with at least three emails a day. Your call.

You have to be a paid member of Conservation Careers to see full jobs listings, but it isn’t expensive. Different levels of membership allow access to different things – you can pay more to upload your CV to a Talent Pool, or join a Career Academy. I only have the basic membership level, so can’t say how useful any of that would be. Their weekly emails are usually good and include interviews with interesting people doing cool things.

One feature I really enjoy in Conservation Careers is the ability to search job openings on a map, so you can look as near or far from home as you please.

This is a very active Facebook page, often updated several times a day. Quite heavily US/Canadian based, but definitely good for residents of those countries seeking federal work. A few other unusual vacancies also pop up here (one on a shark research project just last week!).

This is another mailing list, geared towards evolutionary biologists. It’s also another indication that biologists ought to leave web design to the professionals. It can be a good resource for research assistant/field helper roles for PhD students and academics. If you just can’t get enough of evolution, you’ll find your place here.

Again, you have to pay a few quid to sign up. The opportunities listed aren’t solely Zoology based, but there are lots. Again, some are costly, but this is a good resource with many free or cheap options also advertised. Sometimes vacancies for more ‘serious’ positions like Research Assistants are advertised here, and I’ve even seen some that pay stipends despite it being a volunteer site.

Got any other favourites I haven’t mentioned? Drop me a comment!

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