Volunteer with the Urban Hyaena Project in Malawi

Carnivore Research Malawi

Lilongwe, Malawi

Volunteer • Full Time

www.carnivoreresearchmalawi.org volunteer@carnivoreresearchmalawi.org Emma Stone

Sectors: conservation & wildlife, ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!


Conservation Research Africa (CRA) is a charity in England and Wales that conducts and supports applied research to inform conservation and wildlife management in Africa. Based in Malawi, CRAs flagship project is Carnivore Research Malawi (CRM), which conducts applied research, conservation and education to conserve spotted hyaena, and other carnivores in Malawi.

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 new skills.

Unique experience in studying urban spotted hyaena!

Volunteers will be based at our research centre located in the beautiful woodlands around Lilongwe city. Our camp is located on the edge of the city in beautiful woodlands, containing resident genets, jackals, monkeys and bush babies. Accommodation is provided in equipped dorm rooms, with a  lounge area, chill out area and toilets and showers. Food is catered for with three meals per day. 

Gain a range of skills including: urban hyaena capture, collaring, den surveys and camera trapping

We conduct a variety of research giving you the opportunity to gain a diverse range of skills. Main work consists of conducting hyaena den visits to record occupancy and collect fecal samples and food items. Assisting with darting and collaring of spotted hyaenas when possible, using a combination of free darting, acoustic call ins, cage and leg hold trapping. Radio tracking collared hyaenas and jackals in the city to obtain spatial data and identify den sites. Camera trapping to monitor clan composition and survival, and scat surveys and scat dietary analysis in the lab to assess carnivore diet. 

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 some community education and awareness activities.

How to apply:

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

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


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