Internship Programme

The internship programme at the Donau-Auen National Park offers students and young people from various fields the opportunity to learn more about, and make an active contribution to, the mission and tasks of the national park.

In addition to applicants from Austria, the national park has also hosted interns from many different countries in recent years, including Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

There is accommodation provided in Orth/Donau for the duration of the internship and a commensurate salary is paid. The minimum duration for an internship at the Donau-Auen National Park is six weeks. In the case of parallel applications with the same qualifications, preference will be given to those who apply for the longer period.

Interns can be deployed in three different areas:


In the field of nature and science, they work on research programmes, species protection, data collection and monitoring, and independently take on tasks that support nature management. However, very specialised technical work is also carried out, for example surveying the efficiency of neophyte control measures. The internships often lead to dissertation topics. For those interested in an internship in the field of nature & science, the following is a prerequisite: Please bring at least theoretical knowledge (and preferably also first practical experience) of scientific methods as well as software (ArcGIS, Turboveg, Excel, etc.) and mapping (Braun-Blanquet, pointer species, etc.). Internships are possible all year round. The optimal duration for an internship in the field of nature & science is between 3 and 6 months.

The most important animal and plant species and typical habitat elements of the floodplain landscape and water world are introduced at the Schlossinsel nature reserve. Interns in this area are employed in the period from February to November in the maintenance, design and care of the nature garden and the animal enclosures. Interns are also the contact person for guests of the Schlossinsel on the various nature conservation and environmental education topics in the national park. With this internship, we offer the opportunity to work in the schlossORTH National Park Centre and to make an important contribution to the preservation of the Schlossinsel nature reserve. For those interested in an internship, knowledge of animal care as well as gardening experience or knowledge of landscape planning is an advantage, as well as a class B driving licence a prerequisite. Creative personalities who bring in their own design ideas and show interest in environmental education are also welcome.

At the Visitor & Communication department, they support their colleagues in organisational matters, in marketing and in the public relations work of the national park. Very varied areas of responsibility are covered. In addition to office work, there are also press appointments and events for children. They also help with the production of photo and video material in the national park area. For those interested in an internship at the Visitor & Communication Department, independent work and organisational skills are an advantage. The focus for internships is on the summer months.

Please send applications to:

Postal mail:
Nationalpark Donau-Auen GmbH
Schlossplatz 1, 2304 Orth/Donau, Österreich


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