This vacancy is for Dutch speakers only!

ARK Natuurontwikkeling is in juni 1989 opgericht om de natuur én ons denken over de natuur in beweging te brengen. ARK zet concrete voorbeeldprojecten op en ontwikkelt nieuwe natuurgebieden. In Nederland en het nabije buitenland. Na 30 jaar is onze visie nog steeds vernieuwend. ARK Natuurontwikkeling wil de ontwikkeling van spontane, robuuste en toegankelijke natuur aanjagen. Omdat het geven van ruimte aan vrije, nieuwe natuur een onmisbare aanvulling is op het beschermen, herstellen en beheren van de natuur die we nog hebben. ARK Natuurontwikkeling is een stichting met circa 30 medewerkers. ARK is een platte organisatie met korte lijnen, waar slagvaardigheid belangrijk is. De bedrijfsvoering wordt vanuit het kantoor in Nijmegen verricht; de meeste medewerkers werken vanuit huis.

Wij zoeken een Projectmedewerker Natuurontwikkeling (32 uur per week)


Internship at Forest Conservation and Sustainability/Environment department of palm oil company

For Bachelor/HBO or Master students in the field of biology/ecology, sustainable development, environment & natural resources management, etc.:
An ISPO/RSPO/ISCC/etc certified palm oil company (in Indonesia) is looking for students whom are interested in doing an internship at their Forest Conservation and Sustainability/Environment departments across 2019 & 2020. Activities could entail field visits and desktop work regarding forest degradation/rehabilitation, transect walks, camera trapping, species identification, support with drone flights for mapping, etc.
Curious or interested? Please send me a direct message on LinkedIn to Carina Van Der Laan or an email at

Summer Regreening 2018

In August 2018 the FFNAcademy Wageningen participated in the Regreenging. A joint activities camp of 4 days organized by various green student organizations active in the Green Active Network, intended for the new students in Wageningen with an interest in sustainability. The FFNAcademy Wageningen contributed financially to the Regreening, and helped with a games afternoon where the FFNAcademy could present itself. The Regreening ensures brand awareness among the 20 members of the Regreening but also among the other organizations active in the Green Active Network. A good relationship between the other organizations in the Green Active Network is important to promote cooperation and to be able to participate in other joint activities in the future. Since the Green Active Network itself does not have a budget and tries to keep the costs as low as possible for the participating students, it also requires a financial contribution of € 40.00 from the participating organizations. The Regreening was a success, but among the members of FFNAcademy Wageningen they keep a sharp eye on the added value of participating in the Regreening because of financial considerations and also in terms of personal planning among the members.

Wildlife crime seminar

Poaching and the illegal trade in wildlife products is a major conservation challenge of the 21st century. Many scientists and conservationists are using their expertise to understand and tackle this complicated problem. On the 24th of August, the Future For Nature Academy joined forces with dr. Andrew Lemieux of the Netherlands Institute for the Study of Crime and Law Enforcement (NSCR) and together organized a Wildlife crime seminar “From source to market”.

When we think of poaching or wildlife crimes, many of us probably think of poached rhinos, elephants, or tigers. However, the illegal killing of plants and animals in the wild is only one stage of a whole poaching-chain: the animal products also need to be transported or smuggled outside of the source country, and will be eventually finally be sold to a consumer. All these different stages are equally important and the better we understand how each stage works, who is involved etc., the better we are able to design prevention strategies. During the seminar the whole ‘chain’ of wildlife crime was discussed, including poaching in protected areas, transportation to markets and consumption by end-users. For example, we learned about the patterns in bushmeat poaching, about trade networks from Africa to Europe, but also about consumption in China.

Nine different experts shared their stories with the audience in the morning and afternoon. Each of the expert focused on one or more stages of the whole ‘chain of poaching’. The experts were not only researchers and academics, but also practitioners from governmental agencies. It was very interesting to see how the different Dutch agencies and organizations operate and work together. According to some of the experts, the Netherlands play quite an important role as a transit country in the illegal wildlife trade. We also discussed some less obvious, but hugely important topics such as wildlife laundering through breeding farms, and the enforcement at customs.

In between talks there was room for some questions, but the main discussion was at the very end. All the experts formed a panel to which the audience could ask follow up questions, discuss certain topics, and identify research gaps on which students could focus. Some of the key points that was highlighted was an interdisciplinary approach to better understand the problem and students were encouraged to also look outside their own discipline. Other points that were mentioned was that we also lack basic biological information about the species in the wild. This is especially the case for the lesser-known  reptiles and amphibians species.

The students could approach the experts in an informal setting, but also the other participants to learn more about each other and their work. Perhaps, the greatest opportunity was that everyone was actively involved in identifying research opportunities where students could focus on! The seminar was a big success with many students, practitioners, and professionals from all over the Netherlands joining in.

By Nick