Biodiversity Internship

Biodiversity Internship – Application Pack

FFI Vietnam Programme

Fauna & Flora International

Founded in 1903, Fauna & Flora International (FFI) is the world’s longest established international conservation body; our conservation work, and impact, spans the globe. FFI’s mission is to conserve threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science, and which take into account human needs.  FFI’s strategy to achieve this mission is to work with in-country organisations at all levels to support them in identifying and implementing country led sustainable solutions. 

FFI Programme in Vietnam

The FFI Programme in Vietnam is implementing projects to conserve Western black-crested gibbons at Mu Cang Chai Species & Habitat Conservation Area of Yen Bai province and Muong La Nature Reserve of Son La province, Tonkin snub-nosed monkeys at Khau Ca Species & Habitat Conservation Area and Quan Ba district of Ha Giang province, Cao Vit gibbons at Trung Khanh Species & Habitat Conservation Area of Cao Bang province, Cat Ba langurs at Cat Ba National Park of Hai Phong City, Delacour langurs at Kim Bang forest of Ha Nam province, Northern white-cheeked gibbons at Pu Mat National Park of Nghe An province, and Grey shanked douc at Kon Plong forest of Kon Tum province.

The Opportunity

FFI Programme in Vietnam is seeking a Vietnamese talented and enthusiastic intern to assist with the biodiversity surveys and compilation of existing baseline data on the biodiversity of conservation projects in Vietnam, focusing on primates conservation. We are looking for a national Vietnamese intern to commit ideally one year internship based in Hanoi office with frequent travel to project sites. It is anticipated that the Biodiversity Intern will spend 50% time in the field / at project sites. 

Applicants should have a background in biology, forestry, natural resources management, or relevant field, good English language skills and, ideally, some experience of biodiversity conservation.


Start Date: As soon as possible
Duration: One year
Location: Hanoi with frequent travel to project sites
Hours of Work: 40 hours per week
Allowance: Package (inclusive) US$230 – US$270 gross/month based on skills and experience
Reporting to: Country Programme Manager
Line Manager of: N/A   
Key Internal
Relationships: Technical Advisor – Biodiversity
                        Project Managers
                        Biodiversity Officer
                        Project Officers
                        Community Conservation Teams

Working with: The Biodiversity Intern will routinely liaise with Project Field Officers/Assistants and technical staff of the FFI Vietnam Programme, representing the values and interests of FFI at all times. 


The purpose of this Biodiversity Intern position is to support FFI (Vietnam Programme) in the areas of biodiversity research and monitoring. The role includes data management, entry of biodiversity data into databases and field conservation including biodiversity surveys. 


The Biodiversity Intern will be an early-career professional with interest in biodiversity conservation. S/He will be responsible for supporting biodiversity team conduct wildlife surveys and biodiversity research, supporting entry of data, and supporting undertake field activities at FFI conservation sites. This role will require 50% time travel to project sites. 


Under the supervision of the Country Programme Manager and with coordination of Technical Advisor - Biodiversity, the Intern will support to conduct field activities including the following:

  • Support to conduct wildlife surveys and biodiversity research;
  • Support to entry raw data from field surveys into database;
  • Support to build capacity for local Biodiversity Monitoring Teams and local rangers in collecting and managing biodiversity monitoring data;
  • Support to prepare logistics for field surveys and activities;
  • Support to organise workshops, seminars, an meetings at local levels.


  • Undertake tasks in support of the FFI Programme in Vietnam that may reasonably be requested by Country Programme Manager;
  • Ensure that field activities are conducted to a high level of health, safety, integrity, environmental good practice and cultural sensitivity. This includes ensuring that field medical kits are in good order and taken out on every field trip;
  • Ensure that FFI policies and guidelines are followed within the implementation of the FFI Programme in Vietnam;
  • Other duties as reasonably required as a Biodiversity Intern.


  • Mission Terms of Reference(s) (MTOR) before and Back to the Office Report(s) (BTOR) after field trips/visits;
  • Delivery of activities in accordance with agreed work plans;





  • Good English writing and speaking skills  
  • Fluent in Vietnamese (written and spoken)
  • Basic experience with wildlife / plant survey and or similar research
  • Basic experience with databases or data management or similar skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Good time management


  • Basic experience with GIS software is also desirable, but not essential, preferably Arc GIS, Q-GIS or MapInfo
  • Knowledge of Vietnam’s primate species is also desirable, but not essential


Knowledge and experience

  •  University degree in one of the following fields: Forestry, Natural Resources Management, Nature Conservation, Biology or related fields;

Behavioural qualities and traits

  •   Passionate about biodiversity conservation and forest protection;
  •  Interested in wildlife, ecology and/or animal behaviour; wildlife monitoring and management/conservation;
  •  Highly effective team-player, with the ability to build positive personal and   organisational relationships;
  •  Self-motivated, with ability to demonstrate initiative


  •  Committed to FFI’s mission;
  •   Committed to protect wildlife and the natural environment;
  •   Able to work in remoted and mountainous areas;
  •   Able to work with ethnic minority and local communities.


  • Interested candidates are invited to send a cover letter and CV in English to Ms. Le Hong Viet via email [email protected] no later than March 31st 2019. Only shortlisted candidates are contacted for interviewing.
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Job Details
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Application Deadline: 
Sun, 2019-03-31