The Ruaha Carnivore Project is deeply committed to building capacity amongst the next generation of conservation scientists, especially within Tanzania and the rest of Africa. We help build local capacity in various ways: we train and employ staff in a variety of roles, and currently employ over 60 people, over 90% of whom are local Tanzanians.
We offer internships and volunteer placements for Tanzanian students, so they can learn about conservation work first-hand, and build up skills for future employment or research. We also encourage our staff to apply for further degrees and qualifications, and have already had several of our senior staff complete the Recanati-Kaplan Centre Postgraduate Diploma in International Wildlife Conservation Practice at the University of Oxford, as well as degrees at other prestigious international universities. We also supervise and help train MSc and PhD students on site, and try to ensure that all staff and students are reaching their full potential.
We receive high numbers of enquiries from international students about possible placements, but please note that under Tanzanian research permits, foreigners must have completed at least an MSc degree before they can conduct research in the country, so we are unable to take any foreign students below this level. However, there are opportunities to gain experience elsewhere in Africa – for example with the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia – at an earlier career stage. Even where we have opportunities, they are very limited as we only have a small field camp and can only have a few students at any one time. However, if you are interested, then please send a letter and your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org