Conservation Intern

Application deadline: 
Wednesday, 18. October 2017 - 23:45


BirdLife ECA is a Partnership of 48 national conservation organisations and a leader in bird conservation. Our unique local to global approach enables us to deliver high impact and long term conservation for the benefit of nature and people.

BirdLife ECA is one of the six regional Secretariats that compose BirdLife International, the global authority on the status of bird species. Based in Brussels, it supports the European and Central Asian Partnership and is present in 47 countries including all EU Member States.

With more than 4.100 staff in Europe, 2 million members and tens of thousands of skilled volunteers, BirdLife Europe and Central Asia, together with its national Partners, owns or manages more than 6,000 nature sites totalling 320 000 hectares.



The selected intern will support BirdLife’s input into the Mediterranean MAVA M7 Outcome Action Plan that addresses Human-induced mortality of priority species, one of the main elements of MAVA’s Mediterranean Strategy for 2016-2022.

The intern will also support the Flyway Conservation officer and EU Nature Policy officer for Europe & Central Asia on the delivery of the MAVA Outcome Action Plan, ensuring the specific actions and objectives listed under this project are achieved within the planned timeline.

In addition, he/she will engage with BirdLife Partners and stakeholders to help tackling illegal killing and poisoning of wild birds in the Mediterranean and establish links with similar work in the whole EU and Europe.

Background is available on the webpages:



The intern will work both in the Conservation and Policy teams, in particular to:

•           Support the fight on the illegal use of poison baits, by collecting background information for a public campaign;

•           Support country/site specific projects targeting poisoning blackspots in Mediterranean EU and non-EU States, and knowledge gathering projects;

•           Support the work on addressing shortcomings of the EU Environmental Crime Directive including continuation of the ENEC/Lawyers for Nature initiative;

•           Collect guidelines and reports from member states and NGOs on this issue, including on implementing guidelines of AEWA related to poison;

•           Support the advocacy work on the banning of lead ammunition, including helping the communication colleagues targeting EU decision makers involved in REACH and the public, including engaging the public in the public consultations under REACH;

•           Support the ECA Flyway Conservation Officer in the implementation of BirdLife’s Strategic Framework for the African Eurasian Flyway.



  • Job Specific Education/ Qualification

Master degree or higher in a relevant subject, or equivalent demonstrable skills and experience gained in an appropriate field.

  • Job Specific Knowledge

Good general knowledge of European bird species and their preferred habitats (e.g. conservation status, distribution, abundance, ecology and threats).

Desirable research or academic background in ecology, criminology and/or EU policy.

  • Experience

Previous advocacy work experience with NGOs and/or research experience related to environmental crime desirable but not compulsory

  • Management & organisational skills

Well organised and able to manage pressure, coordinating concurrent activities, and prioritising workload effectively to meet deadlines.

Excellent concentration and attention to detail, with the ability to undertake repetitive tasks accurately and consistently.

  • Communications skills

Ability to explain technical issues in an understandable way and to persuade different audiences to take legitimate concerns into account.

  • Creativity & initiative

Ambition to explore and develop new approaches within the European & Central Asian Flyway Programme, and to help shape its future development.

Ability to pursue new and unfamiliar challenges, work independently and devise innovative solutions to novel challenges.

Flexibility and adaptability to respond to changing circumstances.

  • Computer Literacy

High proficiency in Microsoft Office (especially Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint).

  • Languages

High level of fluency in English (and preferably other European languages).

Ability to avoid jargon and use clear, simple language when required.



We offer a 6 month paid internship.



Please submit a CV and a comprehensive cover letter (all in English) to:

Only applications with a max 1 A4 page CV and a 1 page personal letter will be considered.

Please include in the email subject: Conservation Intern

Closing date: 18th October 2017 at midnight CET. Please consider that applications received after the closing date will be automatically discarded.



Shortlisting is based on CV and cover letter. Please note that due to the large number of expected applications only successful candidates will be contacted.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 24th October 2017.