Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is recruiting! Please also see below for current positions and those that will become vacant in the future, including the dates that applications will be accepted again. Unfortunately due to the high volume of prospective applications received, we may not be able to respond to every email and whilst we will keep your details on file you will still need to actively re-apply during the application period.

In the meantime you can find out more about our volunteer programme here

Rehabilitation Assistant Lilongwe Wildlife Centre

The Lilongwe Wildlife Centre work under the umbrella of the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust and is Malawi’s only wildlife rehabilitation Centre. The Centre is being accredited for their high organizational and animal welfare standards by GFAS, PASA and the Born Free Foundation. The Centre rescues and rehabilitates all kind of Malawian wildlife in distress, of which many come from illegal trade. We currently house almost 190 wild residents including baboons, vervet monkeys, antelopes, reptiles, birds, lion and serval cat with new animals coming in every month. The Centre runs several active release programs, returning many rescued animals back to the wild wherever suitable and appropriate in line with the set standards by the IUCN. 

To assist the rehabilitation department the Centre is currently looking for a Malawian rehabilitation assistant.

Job Description

In this challenging position you work under the supervision and guidance of the Rescue and Rehabilitation Manager (RRM). Your main responsibilities is to help oversee the daily rehabilitation processes. You assist during integration (re-socialization) processes of animals, collect records and write reports. It is your responsibility to keep oversight of all integrations and report on a daily basis to the RRM.

Wherever required and appropriate you help out with other rehabilitation tasks like intake, animal stabilization, feedings, cleaning enclosures, repairing and general orphan care.

Qualifications, experience and competencies:

  • Preferably but not mandatory a degree related to or courses that have been taken in wildlife, conservation or any other animal related field
  • A strong motivation to work for an organization with LWT’s vision & mission
  • You have an eye for detail and can work according to set procedures
  • You are flexible, have a problem solving attitude and like new challenges
  • You have good communication skills and enjoy working in a team
  • You enjoy working with volunteers from different nationalities and are able to involve them in your day-to-day work
  • You are highly motivated and can work independently
  • You are physically fit

Terms of position:

This is a full time role, at the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre with growing opportunities. Salary and benefits are dependent on skills and experience.

Application Deadline:

Until position is fulfilled

Application procedure:

Please send your CV and motivational letter by e-mail to Miss A.M. van Dorenmalen, Rescue & Rehabilitation Manager of the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. E-mail:

Only shortlisted candidates will be notified.

Lead Researcher

LWT's Research Program has field based projects in Vwaza Marsh Wildlife Reserve (VMWR), Nyika National Park (NNP), as well as captive based studies at the LWC, focusing primarily on primates. Our recent project augments our Primate Reintroduction Project previously based in Kasungu NP and is now expanding to VMWR and NNP. We are conducting three primate projects; 1) primate and habitat assessment of VMWR; 2) samango monkey census and genetics study in NNP and 3) a primate reintroduction project in VMWR. 

We are looking for someone to coordinate the VMWR Primate Census Project. We are developing a census of the yellow baboon (Papio cynocephalus) and vervet monkey (Chlorocebus pygerythrus) populations to 1) inform biodiversity of the park, and 2) to inform the primate reintroduction project.

For full details please see here:

Web Editor Internship

PLEASE NOTE: This position is now filled, however if you are interested for future roles, please send your CV to since applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Are you passionate about wildlife, keen for an African adventure and looking for experience to enhance your CV? Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is looking for a web editor to join the communications team for 2 to 3 months on an internship basis, starting September or early October. Besides working from the head office, you can also spend 2 days a week time working at the Wildlife Centre so you will also have the opportunity to experience the rescue and rehabilitation work on the ground. What’s more, you will be working closely with the enforcement team on serious wildlife crime cases, making this a fabulous learning experience for any candidate looking to expand their knowledge of the sector.

Responsibilities will include work on the blog, news and photo archives, writing new content and articles and tidying up the website and improving SEO. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter, have bags of enthusiasm and great attention to detail and prepared to put in the hours. They will be an excellent writer and have some previous experience of web editing. Writing is more important than coding (the website is in Wordpress, so easy to work with), and we are happy to provide on-the-job training, but the more skills you have in this area the more value you will add.

Interns should be available for a minimum of 2 months starting in September/October and there may be an opportunity to extend. The position is open to both international and Malawi-based applicants. Dorm accommodation at the wildlife sanctuary, airport transfers and food is provided. Flights and insurance are the responsibility of the applicant. Note that it may be possible for the internship to be done remotely, with management provided over Skype.

You can download the application form WEB INTERN APPLICATION FORM, or email for a copy. The application should be sent to by Friday 18th August, along with your CV and any supporting materials. We shall be in touch with all applicants by Friday 25th August.

Volunteer Coordinator - Sanctuary

The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is seeking an outgoing, detail oriented individual to join the Wildlife Centre as our new Volunteer Coordinator. If you are great with people, love wildlife and want to make a difference, come join our team! This position is a minimum 6-month commitment with food and accommodation provided. Entry visa, work permit and plane travel is not provided. If you are looking to gain new skills in leadership, management and to work with amazing and dedicated wildlife volunteers and professionals - this could be the job for you! 

Please email your CV and interest to  

Rescue & Rehabilitation Assistant, Wildlife Centre

Lilongwe Wildlife Centre is looking for a Rescue & Rehabilitation Management Assistant. This is a training position under the supervision and guidance of the Rescue and Rehabilitation Manager (RRM). The Rescue and Rehabilitation Management Assistant (RRMA) assists and supports the RRM in all aspects of the daily management of the rescue and rehabilitation process of the LWC animals. To do so the RRMA must be independent and self motivated and have the ability and confidence to develop him/ herself to deliver exceptional animal welfare standards and ensure that LWC’s animals are afforded the highest possible levels of care and rehabilitation at all times.

Please note that only candidates with the Malawian nationality will be considered for this position (no International applicants).  


Veterinarian - Sanctuary

PLEASE NOTE: This position is now filled, however if you are interested for future roles, please send your CV to since applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with suitable candidates interviewed as soon as they are identified.

The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust is seeking a creative, mature, problem-solving sanctuary veterinarian. The successful candidate will not only have a deep knowledge of clinical veterinary medicine, he/she will be an innovator who can tackle challenges and solve them, a skilled manager of staff, research and resources and a visionary who can make continuous improvements to the organization. 

He/she will supervise the veterinary clinic, performing all necessary veterinary medical procedures, actively managing staff and supervising on-site veterinary research projects. The Sanctuary Vet will work closely with the LWT's Head Veterinarian and the Conservation Research Veterinarian. However, it is expected that the Sanctuary Veterinarian will have the experience to run the LWC Veterinary Clinic independently.  The Sanctuary Veterinarian will be expected to: 

  • Provide and improve where necessary, high quality veterinary medical care to all sanctuary animals. This includes internal medicine, anesthesia, surgery, emergency medicine, clinical pathology, and pathology. 
  • Identify and supervise veterinary research projects to improve medical management of sanctuary animals; improve pre-release disease testing protocols, and improve nutrition of sanctuary residents. 
  • Review, and as necessary, amend existing veterinary protocols, including preventative health care, immobilization, and pathology. 
  • Develop training materials for continuing professional development for LWC staff.
  • Develop and deliver practical skills training modules in Wildlife Medicine for 3rd and 4th year Malawian veterinary students. 

This is a two-year position with a six month probation period.

Recognized degree in Veterinary Medicine
2-3 years clinical practice with primary care responsibility
Demonstrate proficiency in surgery and anesthesia
Experience managing staff                                      
Experience managing a veterinary clinic or similar

Graduate degree (MSc, etc.) a plus                                                                    
Experience with wildlife capture a plus                                                                
Teaching experience a plus

On-site housing provided, individual occupancy 
Meals provided 6 days/week
One flight home annually (in-bound flight covered after 6 month probation period) Visa costs
Competitive in-country stipend, amount based on relevant experience

To apply, please send an email with a single attachment labeled with your first and last name only (“firstlast.pdf”) in PDF format containing (a) cover letter*, (b) CV, and (c) contact details for two references to with the job title in the subject line. Application deadline: 15 March 2017.

*In your cover letter, please answer the following questions: 

  1. Why do you want to work at the Lilongwe Wildlife Trust?
  2. What you are your particular research interests? 
  3. Please comment on your experience managing staff and running the day to day operations of a clinic or similar department. 


We’re offering a 2-3 month internship to start as soon as possible for a budding journalist/copywriter who wants to come out to Malawi and write fabulous blogs and articles for us, working on all sorts of stories from wildlife rescues to the illegal wildlife trade cases. You will need to be reasonably web savvy, and write for different audiences and publications such as our website, social media and local newspapers.  Food, airport transfers and accommodation covered, with flights, visas and insurance at your own expense. Please send your CV and a few examples of your work to, and if you don’t have examples we can give you some assignments to work on. 

Marketing & Communications Officer, Lilongwe Wildlife Trust

This position is now filled until January 2018. Applications will open again in September 2017.

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