Volunteer with Carnivore Research Malawi

Kasungu National Park and Lilongwe City
Aug 31, 2018
Oct 30, 2018
Employment Type
Full time, Internship, Volunteer
Salary Type


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.

Carnivores in Malawi are threatened both inside and outside protected areas from poaching, snaring and persecution. Carnivore Research Malawi (CRM) are the only carnivore
research organisation working in Malawi to conserve carnivores across the country.


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 in the Northern District. We also have a new urban carnivore research project, based in the capital, Lilongwe City where we are currently darting and collaring 8 urban spotted hyaena as part of our long term urban carnivore project. Kasungu NP harbours abundant wildlife including elephant, leopard, hyaena, jackal, serval, reedbuck and sable, hippo (Kasungu), buffalo, zebra, roan and eland. 

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. With CRM you will get the opportunity to gain new skills including field research techniques such as camera trapping, individual ID recognition, large mammal transects, spotlighting, den searches, scat tracking, hair cross section analysis and radio tracking and cage/leg hold trapping of hyaena. We provide comprehensive theoretical and practical training in carnivore ecology and survey techniques. 

Many options

VOLUNTEER or join as a student or intern. You can join for periods of 2 weeks to one year. We offer a variety of MSc/PhD project options across our sites, and provide lab facilities, research equipment and on-site supervision.

How to apply

Visit http://www.carnivoreresearchmalawi.org/volunteer.html for more information.

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.