By signing up for the IAPF’s Green Army, you’ll be joining us here on the frontline of conservation. Members will be integrated into the lifestyle of an anti-poaching ranger.
This means heading out on patrols with our rangers, checking for snares and ensuring the integrity of the property is kept. As custodians of number of black rhino this is a task we don’t take lightly. During patrols you’ll learn bushcraft, botany and tracking with our experienced scouts whilst getting up close and personal with Africa’s wildlife.
In line with experiencing a ranger’s life, the camp, although comfortable, is a working camp. Members are required to pull their own weight with daily duties and tasks.
It’s hard work, but you’ll be able to say that you have helped us conserve some of Africa’s most pristine wilderness and wildlife. Many people come armed with a wealth of skills and experience while all others have is a strong passion for doing what’s right: protecting wildlife.
The Green Army initiative is an important means of funding for the IAPF, meaning we do charge for the experience. It enables us to maintain our training free of charge for rangers working in protected and volatile areas. This is the only way we have a chance at recruiting, training and maintaining the highest skilled rangers to protect our wildlife and wilderness.
Where do I stay?
All Green Army members stay in basic tented camps within the reserves. These camps have ablutions with showers, toilets and a recreation / communal area.
What does my contribution cover?
Your contribution covers all accommodation, meals and activities/duties while on the reserves. It does not cover alcohol or extras. Weekends are at your own expense to allow the greatest flexibility for you to explore the areas around Victoria Falls, take a day safari or just relax in town.
What’s not included?
Flights, transfers from the airports (which may be arranged at your own cost) visas (if required) and travel insurance. Although all food and drink whilst on the reserve is provided, we do not supply alcoholic beverages and you must purchase your own in town.
Will I be armed?
NO. Although every IAPF patrol with Green Army members goes out armed, you will definitely not be allowed to carry or use a weapon. Zimbabwe has stringent weapons laws and foreigners are strictly forbidden to carry arms.
Are there opportunities for full time positions at the IAPF?
At present the organisation is still growing and funding for additional staff isn’t available. We have some large projects in the pipeline and if the situation changes, we will advertise positions.
Can I be trained as a ranger?
The IAPF’s facility in Zimbabwe only trains Zimbabwean or regional nationals for work within the country.