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Internship Program

Want to gain a deeper understanding of the conservation and advocacy sector, and learn how we create real, on-ground change? Apply for our year-long internship program!

Internship Applications are closed for 2022. If you are interested in applying for 2023 please email our Program Coordinator, Aïsha, at getinvolved@nullcafnec.org.au.

Please read the position descriptions and commitment requirements carefully. Please note this is an unpaid internship. 

Position 1 (Climate Organising)

CAFNEC has an exciting intern position available, working alongside our Climate Organiser.

What does this position look like?

In this position you will work closely with CAFNEC campaign volunteers and the wider community, building relationships and strengthening leadership.

You will be heavily involved in delivering the Our Climate, Our Way of Life Campaign. The campaign aims to listen to the climate concerns of residents living in suburbs vulnerable to the increasing impacts of climate change and to empower our community to pursue local mitigation and adaptation solutions. Another key aim of the campaign is to make it clear to our decision-makers that regional Queensland wants #ClimateActionNow.

Your role will include recruiting and retaining volunteers, assisting with training, supporting key leaders, coordinating events, and managing online communications.

What will you gain from this internship?

– Confidence to use online communications, and create a social media campaign that leads to the intended outreach and outcomes

– Develop knowledge and skills in community organising, campaign strategy, and event planning

– Gain a deeper understanding of the concerns and needs of our community, especially those most vulnerable to the increasing impacts of climate change

– Build strong relationships with members of our community and empower them to become leaders in the climate movement

– Network with other key climate action groups in our region and coordinate collective action

Position 2 (Projects and Events)

CAFNEC has an exciting intern position available, working alongside our Projects & Events Coordinator.

What does this position look like?

In this position you will work alongside CAFNEC’s Projects and Events Coordinator, Alex. In this role you will be involved in organising, promoting and delivering our projects and events including but not limited to MangroveWatch CairnsGreen DrinksEcoFiesta; as well as help coordinate our online communications.

What will you gain from this internship?

In this position you will be provided training and ongoing coaching to step up to be a leader in our community. You will strengthen your relationships with our members, volunteers, organisations and the wider community, with the aim to build CAFNEC and build the environment movement through the delivery of our projects and events. 

You will strengthen your skills in data inputting, field analysis and reporting. 

You will gain confidence in integrating processes that allow for successful online communications, using platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, Mailchimp, Raisley and WordPress. 

You will develop high-level skills in event and project management, as well as support the delivery of grant funded projects alongside our project partners. 

You will strengthen your oral communication skills to engage and educate the wider community.

You will build a network of people in the sector so you are able to leave with potential career opportunities.

 More about the Program

CAFNEC offers a unique internship experience at the front line of environmental advocacy in one of the world’s most spectacular regions. Right on our doorstep are two spectacular World Heritage Areas, the Wet Tropics rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. Our work covers a large area, as well as protecting the top end such as Cape York, Gulf of Carpentaria, Torres Strait and the Coral Sea. There is always something interesting happening in a region this large, globally significant, and diverse.

We are seeking two interns who are self-driven and eager to learn about the organisation. You will be working closely with the CAFNEC team to achieve the organisation’s goals to create proactive change, develop resources to respond to community environment concerns, and help increase community engagement and build a community who can take effective action.


To apply for our internship program you do not need to have qualifications or previous experience.


For our Internship Program we ask for a commitment of a minimum of 2 days per week, 9:30am to 2:30pm, for a duration of 10 months. We understand that you may have other commitments outside of CAFNEC, and we will work with you to figure out which days work best for you.

    *Please note: Internships are offered on an unpaid, voluntary basis.

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