Vacancies and Internships
Based in Accra, WAPCA internships are open to fluent English-speaking individuals of all nationalities for a duration of 3-6 months. A 'hands-on' internship with WAPCA will provide an excellent opportunity for you to develop a range of skills required for working in the conservation sector, along with the chance to experience lively, colourful and friendly Ghana!
Required tasks may include:
- Regular updates to the WAPCA website
- Preparing social media publications for our Facebook and Instagram accounts
- Press and media relations (where required)
- Designing leaflets, posters and other creative aspects
- Assisting the coordinator with planning and implementing appropriate conservation education strategies
- Creating educational resources
- Organising events and logistics at the zoo, i.e. Mangabey Awareness Day
- Finding grants for which we are eligible to apply
- Writing grant proposals and securing funding
- Building up a network of corporate partners, in and outside of Ghana
- Carrying out animal husbandry and welfare at the Endangered Primate Breeding Centre, Accra Zoological Gardens
- Assisting with care of any seized animals from the illegal wildlife trade
- Providing enrichment to our collection of primates
Successful candidates will have:
- An MSc in conservation, biodiversity, public policies
- Knowledge of NGOs and their management practices
- A strong interest and curiosity towards the protection of natural environments and threatened species, ideally regarding primate conservation
- Proactivity and voluntarism, with the ability to integrate well within multi-cultural teams
- Excellent organisational skills, adaptability and creativity
- Computer skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint; familiarity with graphics and website design
- Previous experience in a similar position (strongly desired)
Type of Contract: Internship agreement
Location: Achimota Forestry Commission Depot and Accra Zoo, Ghana
Working hours: Monday to Friday, 10 am - 5 pm. You may be expected to work some weekends where necessary.
To apply: Please send your C.V. with a cover letter to
Please note, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.
Regretfully, as we are a non-profit governmental organisation, we cannot offer financial assistance for internships, aside from work-related expenses. Ghana is a politically stable country that is safe for travel.
We offer fieldwork placements for undergraduate and postgraduate students. If you would be interested in studying West African primates and/or their habitats, please look at our Research page or email:
Please see our current vacancy here:
West African Primate Conservation Action
JOB DESCRIPTION - FIELD OFFICER
West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) (www.wapca.org), is a conservation NGO aiming at the conservation of the Critically Endangered Roloway monkey (Cercopithecus Roloway) and the Endangered white-naped mangabey (Cercocebus lunulatus) as well as other threatened primate species. WAPCA was formed in 2001 by a group of European zoos and conservation organizations and duly registered as a local NGO in Ghana. WAPCA Ghana’s activities have integrated different approaches to primate conservation, including community-based conservation initiatives (CREMA), research to assess current population levels, training/support for Wildlife Division field staff to improve wildlife monitoring and anti-poaching, conservation education, and livelihood projects. WAPCA has also established an Endangered Primate Breeding Centre at the Accra Zoo and a 0.4ha Forested Enclosure at Kumasi Zoo to breed Endangered primates to maintain genetic diversity within the captive population and for possible reintroduction in the future.
Since 2012, WAPCA works with the communities living around the Ankasa-Tano forest, located along the border with Côte d’Ivoire, in the Jomoro District, Western Region. WAPCA has supported them in setting up a Community Resource Management Area (CREMA).
The main objectives of the project are the following:
Contribute to the development of sustainable economic sectors (certified organic cocoa, organic coconut oil, non-timber forest products) benefiting the communities and the CREMA;
Ensure a better community-led biodiversity conservation by (1) strengthening the CREMA and setting up a Conservation Fund to ensure its self-financing in the medium run; (2) supporting the community patrols; (3) restoring degraded areas; (4) implementing awareness raising programs.
WAPCA is seeking a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Field Officer. The primary purpose for this position is to help WAPCA execute its work on the field.
The Project Officer will support the Project Coordinator in the following activities:
Support the project coordinator in implementing projects around the Ankasa-Tano Forest (Jomoro District, Western Region), focusing on the development of sustainable agricultural value chains
Assist in the development of sustainable value chains: organic cocoa, organic coconut oil, coconut charcoal and other potential value chains;
Supervise the construction and the setting up of processing centers;
Support farmer and processor groups in business development and facilitate their relation with
the private companies buying their products;
Provide trainings to farmer and processor groups and to CREMA executives in group management (development of constitutions, conflict management, leadership, etc.), financial management, entrepreneurship, etc.;
Assist the CREMA in the management of the new Conservation Fund (follow up on activities, budget, etc.);
Support the coordination of conservation education activities;
Attend meetings on behalf of the coordinator;
Work with WD community liaison team;
Perform any functions assigned by the coordinator.
First degree in business Administration and entrepreneurship, in Rural Community Development and/or in Natural Resource Management.
Good knowledge sustainable agric/NTFP value chain development
Good knowledge in community development
Good knowledge in conservation issues
A professional experience of at least 2 years
Self-motivated, ability to work independently
Must speak English, Twi and Nzema
Must be able to adopt to village life
Must be good in report writing
Proficiency in computer tools (Microsoft Office)
Good and clear communication
A practical mind, with good organizational capacities
Able to ride a motorbike
Reports to: Project Coordinator
Salary: to be discussed according to experience
Contract Length: 3 years
Station: Jomoro District, Western Region Annual Leave: 28 leave days annually
Interested applicants should send a covering letter and a 2 page CV to: and
Please note that the application deadline is 30th November 2019.
Interviews will take place the week commencing the 2nd December 2019 in Accra.
Unfortunately, we do not have any current vacancies for paid employment. Please check back soon!