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 current opportunities, our Research page or email:
RESEARCH ASSISTANT POSITION
Monitoring a group of ten Cercocebus lunulatus living in semi-free conditions
The West African Primate Conservation Action (WAPCA) is a local conservation NGO with a mission to safeguard the Critically Endangered Roloway monkey (Cercopithecus roloway), the Endangered white-naped mangabey (Cercocebus lunulatus) and other threatened primate species. WAPCA was created in 2001 by several European zoos and conservation organizations and established in Ghana in 2006. The NGO combines both in-situ and ex-situ conservation strategies together with research and education to achieve its aim.
In 2017, WAPCA Research Group was created in collaboration with both local and international research institutions in order to better understand the wild and captive populations of its focus species and better provide for them, as well as to promote in-situ and ex-situ primate research in local universities.
WAPCA established a 0.4ha Forested Enclosure at Kumasi Zoo in 2018 to provide a better housing for a group of mangabeys, and also to study their adaptation to a more natural environment. Therefore, WAPCA aims to monitor the behaviour of a group of ten Cercocebus lunulatus in the habituation process from a captive environment to a more natural one, which will give us guidance for possible reintroductions in the future. Therefore, surveys of the landscape, diet, use of space and social dynamics are needed.
The specific objectives proposed are:
Determine use of space of satellite enclosure and forested area,
Identify areas used
Activities taking place in each area
Feeding: Amount of food given to the primates by zookeepers versus food eaten (in satellite and forested area),
Diet provided vs eaten / food preferences
Vegetation census - Forested area load capacity
Vegetation eaten / food preferences
Social dynamics: quantify social interactions and individuals involved
Juveniles dispersion – relation with alpha male
Nana (half hand-reared mangabey) and his role within the troop
We are seeking highly motivated individuals interested in primatology as Research Assistants.
Pursuing or holding a Wildlife Management Bachelors or Master’s Degree
Poses an understanding of captive breeding
Self-motivated, ability to work independently
Must speak English fluently
Good and clear oral and written communication
Supervised by: WAPCA Research & Education Coordinator together with University supervisor.
Support provided for the position: Accommodation for students living outside Kumasi will be provided, as well as a small stipend to cover transport to the site and local meals.
Unfortunately, we do not have any current vacancies for paid employment. Please check back soon!