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Barreiro fishers hauling their boat ashore on the island of Maio in Cabo Verde © Jeff Wilson / Fauna & Flora

© Jeff Wilson / Fauna & Flora

Fisheries Policy & Management Intern


  • Location: Fauna & Flora, Cambridge
  • Salary: £22,310 per annum
  • Contract period: 3 months
  • Start date: September 2024

Fauna & Flora works to conserve marine and coastal ecosystems and is committed to mobilising action from the grassroots up to reverse ocean decline. As part of our approach, we seek to both inform and influence policies and practice affecting the marine environment – such as those relating to fishery reform and to illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing.  In Central America, small-scale fishing operations, which provide vital sustenance and cultural heritage for coastal communities, coexist alongside semi-industrial fleets, which with their technological prowess, wield a formidable presence in some area. Effective management and policies are essential to ensure that fishing practices remain sustainable, balancing the needs of coastal communities with the long-term health of marine ecosystems.

This internship offers a unique opportunity to gain valuable research experience in the field of marine conservation and fisheries management. You will use your Spanish language skills to conduct a comprehensive desk review and preliminary comparative assessment of policy frameworks in both Spanish and English. You will develop practical research and analytical skills while deepening your understanding of the complexities surrounding marine resource management in the region. Engaging with a variety of stakeholders and synthesising insights from our in-country staff and local partners will enhance your communication and networking abilities, providing you with a holistic perspective on conservation challenges and opportunities at local and national levels.

Moreover, by contributing to the identification of successful case studies and areas for intervention, you will play a vital role in shaping effective conservation strategies, thus making a tangible impact on biodiversity conservation efforts in Central America. Overall, this internship offers a rewarding learning experience that will equip you with valuable skills and insights for your future career in conservation.

Our offices are located in The David Attenborough Building in central Cambridge, just a few minutes walk from glorious historic buildings and museums, the picturesque River Cam, the central market and shopping centre, and a host of cafes and restaurants.

Note that this internship has been designed to create a professional development opportunity for people who are new to the conservation sector. Therefore, applicants should have less than two years paid or unpaid experience in the conservation sector (not including academic work). In return, the role offers the opportunity to work within a ground-breaking and entrepreneurial organisation, at the forefront of global conservation.

Please download the job application pack for further details on how to apply

The closing date for applications is Sunday, 30 June 2024. Interviews are likely to take place during the week commencing Monday, 8 July 2024.

This role is not eligible for sponsorship for a Skilled Worker Visa.

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