Volunteer

We offer the opportunity for people with a passion for wildlife and wildlife research to volunteer their time to assist us in achieving our aims. We need as much help as we can get to make a difference for carnivores and their habitats in Africa, we are a small team with a big task ahead. In return it is our hope that volunteers will enjoy volunteering with us, meet like-minded people and develop some new skills.

 

Unique experience in the remote Kasungu and Liwonde National Parks

 

Volunteering with us gives you an unique opportunity to work in a remote unspoilt African wilderness with very few visitors, untouched by mass tourism like Kenya and Tanzania. CRM has two field research camps one located on the shores of the Lifupa dam in Kasungu National Park and Nyika National Park in the Northern District. We also have a new urban carnivore research project, based in the capital, Lilongwe City.

 

 

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Project Location

Volunteers will be based at one of our two CRM field research camps. One is located on the shores of the Lifupa dam in Kasungu National Park and the other at Nyika National Park in the Northern District.

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Camp is rustic but very comfortable with canvas safari tents on wooden platforms, equipped with beds, mattresses, linen, comfy sofas and generator/solar power, flushing toilets and working showers.

Our camp consists of a number of staff safari tents, along with two large volunteer tents on wooden platforms; female and male. Each volunteer tent sleeps 4-6 comfortably. Our main building , the Research Centre, houses our office, lab and kitchen.

Each week we head into the local town to get our groceries, giving volunteers the opportunity to experience local village life and engage with local communities. liwonde shire

The reserve harbours an abundant wildlife population including elephant, leopard, hyaena, reedbuck, waterbuck and sable, hippo, buffalo, zebra, roan and eland. 

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What you will be doing

We conduct a variety of research projects giving you the opportunity to gain a diverse range of skills. We conduct research on all carnivores and their prey and have ongoing projects including: a spotted hyaena behavioural ecology project and the urban hyaena research project. Volunteers are an important part of CRM and we hope to give everyone a fun and rewarding experience. Whatever your background, there is plenty you can contribute with a range of activities to match your interests and abilities. Our volunteers undertake a range of carnivore surveying and monitoring activities, as well as community education and awareness activities.

There are 9 key areas of work volunteers undertake:

1. Camera trapping for carnivores (setting and checking traps, processing pictures and identifying animals) 2. Acoustic call in surveys to census carnivores 3. Spoor tracking surveys (for carnivores) 4. Large mammal transect surveys (to assess prey abundance and distribution) 5. Spotlighting surveys (for carnivores) 6. Radio tracking (at certain times when collars are on hyaena) 7. Vegetation surveys and habitat mapping 8. Community questionnaire surveys 9. Various lab based activities including: GIS mapping, data entry and diet and parasite analysis.

 

Key facts

  • Duration: 2 to 10 weeks (longer stays may be possible)
  • Requirements: age 18+, and in good health
  • Location: Kasungu National Park or Nyika National Park, Malawi or, if specially requested, Lilongwe City, Malawi.
  • Activities: Field Research on spotted hyaena and large mammals, education, community engagement: including camera trapping, radio tracking, spotlighting, large mammal foot transects, diet and parasite analysis, vegetation surveys, habitat assessments, data collation; Community Surveys and questionnaires
  • Student project opportunities? Yes, especially MSc
  • Discounted rates for students? Yes
  • Arrival airport: Lilongwe International
  • Dates: We take volunteers at any time of year but we discourage start dates in the week of Christmas/New Year. Interested applicants should be aware that the rainy season (December - March) does affect the frequency of the research team's nightly radio-tracking due to limited road access in the park after heavy rainfall.

 

Interested? Heres how to apply

Find out what life is like as a CRM volunteer by reading our volunteer blog

If you are interested download the information pack and the application form and send your application to volunteer@carnivoreresearchmalawi.org

Contact us at volunteer@carnivoreresearchmalawi.org if you have any questions.



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