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Opportunities with A Rocha

Photo: Nathan, a volunteer at Les Tourades, the A Rocha France centre near Arles, repairing bicycles.

We offer opportunities in three categories: JobsUnpaid internshipsVolunteering. See also the list of other ways of getting involved, wherever you are.

Stop press: Do you speak French and English? Love administration and project management? A Rocha France needs a volunteer Personal Assistant for the senior management. Could it be you? Read more at Assistant de Direction for A Rocha France (PDF)

Climate Stewards is looking for a part-time Development and Marketing Manager – interested? For more info, visit http://www.climatestewards.net/want-to-work-for-climate-stewards/

Jobs

There are no job vacancies at the moment. Please check again later.

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Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies, USA, seeks Director of Support Services

The Director of Support Services oversees maintenance, operation and use of Au Sable’s buildings, equipment and lands in light of serving and protecting God’s creation. The DSS also develops and administers an active retreat and conference ministry for individuals and groups, especially during fall, winter and spring.

Internships

Internships are structured placements focused on a specific project for a certain length of time.

The following internships are currently available:

Social Media intern (ARI)

A Rocha International is looking for a graduate intern who has an understanding of how websites and social media platforms can be utilized to maximize their communication and fundraising potential. We are looking for someone who can communicate information and ideas clearly, particularly in written form. Ideally, this person will be based in the UK.

The internship will be on an expenses only basis and the time commitment will be dependent upon your availability. During your internship you will gain experience and develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Social Media and web sites
  • Communication
  • Project management
  • Fundraising
  • Design
  • Team working

Your role will be supervised by the Communications Manager and you will be able to draw on the skills of the Communications team and the 19 A Rocha National Organizations.

Charity Challenges intern (ARI)

A Rocha International is looking for a UK-based graduate intern who has lots of imagination and creative ideas to implement our Charity Challenges programme.

The internship will be on an expenses only basis for up to 15 hours per week for a 6 month period. During this time you will gain experience and develop your skills in the following areas:

  • Project management
  • Communication
  • Fundraising
  • Design
  • Social Media and web sites
  • Team working

Your role will be supervised by the Director of Finance and Administration and you will be able to draw on the skills of the Communications team and the 19 A Rocha National Organizations.

How to apply to be a volunteer or intern

See below for our online application form.

How you apply depends on whether you want to volunteer or be an intern in your own country, or overseas.

A Within your own country

If you live in a country with a National Organisation and want to volunteer there (eg if you live in Canada and want to volunteer with A Rocha Canada) contact your National Organisation and ask them for an application form.

B Overseas

If you want to volunteer in a country where you are not resident, fill in the on-line application form. This information will help us ensure you have an interesting experience, and that you can make a useful contribution to your chosen project.

The minimum age for overseas applicants is 18.

A Rocha teams do not have the resources to help with visa applications. Please only apply to volunteer in a country if you can obtain the necessary visa without assistance.

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Henry Martyn Centre Bursary Scheme – Care for Creation

The Henry Martyn Centre offers a limited number of small bursaries each calendar year for a short-term placement in one of A Rocha’s field study centres outside of the UK (Canada, France, Kenya and Portugal). Eligible applicants will:

  • have personal links to Cambridge, UK
  • be sympathetic to the Christian nature of the Centre
  • seek to be involved in short-term research into furthering the understanding of God’s creation
  • volunteer for at least six weeks
  • understand that any costs over and above the bursary would be paid by the applicant
  • read and accept the full application process requirements from the Henry Martyn Centre

To apply, we invite you to look at the current volunteering opportunities with A Rocha below and fill out our online volunteer application form. Please inform us in the ‘Why do you want to volunteer’ section that you are interested in this scheme and note details of your Cambridge connection. In applying, you agree to the full requirements from the Henry Martyn Centre.

Volunteering opportunities

See below for how to apply.

Opportunities with our National Organizations

A Rocha is currently seeking volunteers for its work in the following countries:

Bulgaria, Canada, Czech Republic, Kenya, Netherlands, Peru, Portugal, SingaporeUK, USA

Bulgaria

A Rocha Bulgaria is in the early days of project development – the committee all live in and around Sofia.

They would welcome an accomplished birdwatcher or ornithologist with survey skills, individuals with experience building collaboration with community groups or student groups, and those with an environmental education background.

Canada

A Rocha Canada operates two Field Study Centres. Our British Columbia Field Study Centre in South Surrey has recently relocated to Brooksdale Farm, a 38-acre heritage estate located on the Little Campbell River. It is roughly 3 kilometres from its estuary on Semiahmoo Bay, which forms part of the Boundary Bay Important Bird Area. The property is a 40-minute drive from Vancouver International Airport.

Applications are welcomed for approximately 3 months or more (or 1 term). Start dates of volunteer internships are the beginning of September, January and May. We have a variety of ongoing conservation, bio-inventory, sustainable agriculture, and education projects. We welcome people with particular skills in these three program areas, as well as “generalists” who would like to help out with cooking, carpentry and maintenance.

The Centre in Southern Manitoba is a 100-acre property located in the Pembina Valley, 30 minutes outside of Morden and Winkler. A month-long Raptor survey is held every spring and volunteers with bird monitoring experience are encouraged to participate. The Centre is busiest in the summer months when a variety of conservation, education and arts programs are held. Both those with interests in these fields and also those with more general interests and skills are encouraged to apply.

Room and board costs are $30 CAN/day or $600 CAN/month for individuals staying for three months or more (subject to change).

For specific opportunities, please see A Rocha Canada’s Volunteers at A Rocha page.

Czech Republic

Each spring/early summer volunteers are needed to help with monitoring / ringing endangered birds under the Natura 2000 - European Birds Directive for Special Protected Areas (SPA's). At least one person per week needs to be a licensed bird ringer - the work will be mainly with Corncrake and Redbacked Shrike and will be in the Eagle Mountains, E. Bohemia.

Volunteers able to help with building work and renovation of the centre are very welcome during the summer and autumn period.

Kenya

Summer Field Course

A Rocha Kenya is offering a Summer Field Course over the month of July – participating in A Rocha Kenya’s science projects and different work areas, studying science and faith, and leaving lots of time for visiting the local sites and time at the beach. For more information, see the invitation document (application/pdf, 414.6 kB, info). To apply, please fill out our online application form (link above on this page) and note that you are interested in the Summer Field Course. Places are limited, so check it out now! (application/pdf, 414.6 kB, info)

Generic volunteering opportunities

The Kenyan team welcomes one or two general volunteers at a time. It is also looking for specific volunteers in the following areas:

  • ‘handyman’ or DIY skills, including carpentry, cement work, electrical installation and vehicle mechanics
  • Artist – sketching wildlife and illustrating books / environmental education material
  • Environmental interpretation board designer for our Ecotourism facility at Gede Ruins
  • IT (Information Technology) – both hardware and software; a competent knowledge of networks would be invaluable
  • GIS expertise
  • A Graphic designer for a range of projects including website to brochures, books and training materials.

Volunteers would usually come for a period of 4-12 weeks, and would be based at the field study centre, Mwamba, on the coast at Watamu.

Costs: approximately $37 US per day for guests and $15 US per day for volunteers, including all three meals.

Marine project

The marine environment in the Western Indian Ocean is exceptionally biodiverse, including habitats such as mangrove forests, beautiful sandy beaches, seagrass beds and coral reefs. They are also exceptionally threatened by coastal development, climate change, and fishing pressure. A Rocha Kenya works in Watamu Marine Park to understand the status and processes impacting marine biodiversity of these habitats.

We seek volunteers who are willing to get immersed in all tasks and work in a cross-cultural situation, recognizing that marine habitats have intrinsic value, and we can bring healing to the ocean and those who depend upon it.

Minimal requirements for marine volunteers:

  • Ability to swim long distances
  • Ability to use spreadsheet programmes for data entry and analysis
  • Are comfortable working in and around boats

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Have an internationally recognized SCUBA certification
  • Have previous experience in tropical marine environments
  • Have a degree in a marine science
  • Experience analyzing scientific data
  • Are from East Africa

In addition to normal volunteer requirements we ask that you:

  1. Research Kenyan marine parks and write a one page essay on the following topic: Describe one threat to Kenyan marine parks and discuss possible solutions to that problem.
  2. Complete a required reading list prior to arrival in Kenya
  3. Supply your own snorkeling gear (mask, fins, and snorkel)

Netherlands

A Rocha Netherlands is growing, and for that reason we are always looking for Dutch volunteers who are willing to take responsibility for a part of the work. Anyone interested in starting a local A Rocha group, for example from out of their church, please contact A Rocha Netherlands. If you are interested to contribute in another way to the work of A Rocha, your suggestion is very welcome as well. Please contact us.

Peru

A Rocha Peru is currently limited in terms of human resource capacity and would greatly appreciate the input of a limited number of skilled, motivated and flexible volunteers.

Volunteers with skills ranging from institutional support (graphic design, communication, fundraising, etc.) to project implementation (project design, science and research, environmental education, community conservation and development) are welcome for short to mid-term appointments.

Accommodation can be arranged with a local host family in Lima (basic living costs of about 500 USD per month). This amount covers room and board and local transportation.

Portugal

Special request for volunteers to help with Paula and Marcial’s PhD research! Skills needed:

  • Fieldwork: conducting transects for insects and flowers during the day and at night
  • Lab work: removing pollen from insects and flowers and identifying them, as well as some data entry
  • Practical participation in Cruzinha daily life
  • From May until November
  • Costs are the same as for other volunteers

Work here is based at Cruzinha, A Rocha’s bird observatory and field study centre set in the Alvor marshes in the Algarve.

First time volunteers usually stay for 2-6 weeks and all kinds of skills are welcome: DIY (handyman) skills, IT skills, wildlife observation and reporting skills, an ability to cook for large numbers, artistic ability and photography can all be useful. We would also welcome someone with experience of fundraising.

Costs: a maximum of 110.60 euros a week in the summer, towards the cost of administration and meals, with the Centre giving free accommodation, use of the facilities and supervision and occasional trips to the beach and other places. At other times of the year it’s cheaper, so ask for more information.

One or two volunteers are welcomed each year under the EVS scheme: if you live in the EU, Iceland, Switzerland or Norway, and if you are under thirty years of age and are willing to spend six to twelve months working at Cruzinha, you could apply to be the next EVS volunteer. This opportunity would ideally suit a gap year student or graduate looking for conservation experience, though it is open to anyone who fulfils the above criteria. EVS volunteers receive free flights to and from their country of origin (within the EU), free board and lodging, free language classes and about 95 Euros a month.

Singapore

The International Team is looking for local or long-term international volunteers to help with:

  • regional coordination for Asia (administration)
  • community organisational support for the Singapore community group

UK

Please see A Rocha UK’s Vacancies and Volunteer Positions page.

USA

A Rocha USA is establishing a nationwide network of conservation activities. We welcome volunteers at several sites, but are unable to provide housing at this time. Please see our website for the latest opportunities.

We are also glad to connect with people interested in starting a conservation effort in their own communities and with people interested in volunteering to help with various administrative and communication assignments.

How to apply

How you apply depends on whether you volunteer in your own country, or overseas.

A Within your own country

If you live in a country with a National Organization and want to volunteer there (eg if you live in Canada and want to volunteer with A Rocha Canada) contact your National Organization and ask them for an application form.

B Overseas

If you want to volunteer in a country where you are not resident, fill in the on-line application form. This information will help us ensure you have an interesting experience, and that you can make a useful contribution to your chosen project.

The minimum age for overseas applicants is 18.

A Rocha teams do not have the resources to help with visa applications. Please only apply to volunteer in a country if you can obtain the necessary visa without assistance.

Other ways of getting involved

Wherever you are in the world, you can always get involved with A Rocha. Here are a few ways:

Join a local group. There are currently local groups in Canada, Ghana, the Netherlands, New Zealand/Aotearoa, Portugal, the UK and the USA. If there isn’t a group near where you live, you may even start one yourself!

Pray. See our Prayer calendar.

Offset your carbon emissions. Climate Stewards, A Rocha’s global climate change programme, is planting new forests to store carbon. The species of trees are chosen to maximize the benefits for both wildlife and the local people, so that crops improve and degraded land is restored. Visit Climate Stewards.

Donate. Your donation will help us carry out our work in the fields of scientific research, environmental education and community-based conservation. Visit the donations page.

Leave us a legacy. By remembering A Rocha in your will, you can help ensure that your savings continue to work for the care of God's creation. Visit the legacies page.

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