Volunteer & Professional Development Programs

Professional Development Programs

Experience true training for a purpose with our conservation volunteer programs.  Global Conservation Force (GCF) offers several professional development programs that provide the opportunity to learn valuable conservation skills in the field while supporting critical conservation efforts.

All program participants are responsible for their international transportation, bringing their own cell phone services, equipment, and outdoor gear. By submitting an application, each applicant accepts to follow the terms, conditions, and protocols set forth by Global Conservation Force and any partners involved in the professional development programs. Interested individuals must submit an application to be considered.


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Introduction to Anti Poaching Course (South Africa)

The GCF Introduction to Anti-Poaching training course is tailored to create and train competent, efficient, and effective wildlife protection and conservation professionals. Trainees for this course will endure a physically demanding and mentally challenging 4-week course aimed to serve the real needs of the wildlife protection field. This course is not for the faint of heart, and the preparation should be treated similar to a military or law enforcement boot camp.

Course Information & Application >>


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Anti-Poaching K9 Handler (South Africa)

The GCF K9 Anti-Poaching Unit Professional Development Program is designed to improve the skill sets of animal care and conservation professionals, not only on building confident K9s, but also confident and educated handlers. The daily activities of volunteers will include animal husbandry and hands-on time working with the GCF K9 team. In this program, we offer the opportunity to learn firsthand how to successfully navigate caring for and preparing K9s and their handlers for work protecting wildlife. Experiencing true “training for a purpose” will have you invested in the conservation mission we serve at GCF.

K9 Handler Information & Application >>


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Horse Training, Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit  (South Africa)

The Mounted Anti-Poaching Unit Professional Development Program provides equestrians the opportunity to see what it’s like to train and manage the anti-poaching unit horses. This program is tailored to improve your horse training, anti-poaching, and conservation skillsets. Volunteers will find themselves in the daily throws of equine husbandry, conservation activities, and horseback riding, getting hands-on working with the GCF mounted anti-poaching horse trainer and rangers. This course will include accommodation, pickup/dropoff from the Port Elizabeth airport, hands-on conservation activities, horse care and training, horseback patrol duties, and has the potential for wildlife veterinary procedures and community-based conservation projects.

Mounted APU Information & Application >>


a man wearing a yellow shirt stands with his back to the camera in front of an elementary school classroomWildlife Education Outreach (Hanoi, Vietnam)

This program gives volunteers hands-on experience in multi-cultural education outreach with in-class learning, interpretation, and field trips. In partnership with Wildhand, we run an annual, 3 month-long, wildlife education program for youth. The course covers wildlife product demand reduction, illegal pet trade, recycling, wildlife rehabilitation, ecology and environments, endangered species, how to be a champion for wildlife, and ranger work in the national parks. Its focus is to create wildlife guardians every year in the heart of Vietnam’s busiest city.

Education Outreach Information & Application >>


Field Photo Journalist (Location Varies)

Global Conservation Force is proud to offer a professional development course focused on learning how to photograph, edit, document, and “follow the story” of field conservation efforts. Students, or current professionals, may apply to join our current Field Photo/Video Journalist, Robert Pike, to apprentice and learn the skills of the field. This professional development program gets participants behind the scenes access and hands-on skills to learn how to become an effective field photo/video journalist.

Photo Journalist Information & Application >>



a woman sitting at an outdoor table under a popup shelter surrounded by conservation bannersBecome a Volunteer

Are you looking to join our team and help us move forward in our wildlife protection and conservation efforts? We are accepting applications for highly motivated individuals with skillsets from every background to join our volunteer core.

For more information, please see our volunteer application or email volunteer@globalconservationforce.org.