SANCCOB, South Africa's leading marine non-profit organisation, offers a variety of internships and job opportunities that will prepare those interested in following a career in bird rehabilitation and conservation.

As the mandated government rehabilitation authority in South Africa, SANCCOB protects and treats seabirds affected by major and chronic oil pollution, and shares its specialist skills with the international community, such as providing services in Africa, the Indian Ocean region, and the Sub-Antarctic.

For decades SANCCOB has been training people to take care of seabirds; and through its academy offers formal training.

Also, SANCCOB is registered with the South African Veterinary Council; a member of PAZAAB, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN); is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs, World Association of Zoos and Aquariums, European Association of Zoos and Aquariums and American Association of Zoos and Aquariums; and has many working partnerships globally.


Depending on the type of internship that you participate in will depend on exactly what you'll learn during your time at SANCCOB. Nevertheless, after your internship you will be well prepared for a career in bird rehabilitation and conservation. SANSCCON's seabird internships are perfect for tertiary students that is required to do inservice training of 3 months or longer.

Local or international volunteers that has completed at least six weeks of volunteering at SANCCOB and qualify for any of SANCCOB's internships will not have to pay for their internship.

Working with seabirds is at the core of all of SANCCOB's internships which is why all Seabird interns start with learning the basic skills required to handle, feed, hydrate and care for a variety of seabird species of different ages.

What makes the seabird internship programme different from volunteering?

SANCCOB's seabird internship programmes are structured, mentored training programmes with a strong focus on skills development. Participants receive a detailed training plan on their first day and regular meetings with an assigned mentor and training manager create a comfortable yet focused learning environment.

Some of SANCCOB's internships also offer financial assistance or subsidised accommodation.

Which seabird internships does SANCCOB currently offer?

  • Seabird Care and Conservation intern. Click here for more information and to apply.

  • Seabird Chick Rearing Internship. Click here for more information and to apply.

Contact Details:

Tel: 021 557 6155

Fax: 021 557 8804

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Postal Address

PO Box 11116
South Africa.

Physical Address

22 Pentz Drive
Table View
South Africa.

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