Project Assistant (Intern) for the Trans-European Swimways Programme

Wetlands International

Brussels, Belgium 🇧🇪

Ede, Netherlands 🇳🇱


Internship position – Wetlands International Europe

We are seeking a Project Assistant (Intern) for the Trans-European Swimways Programme for Wetlands International – European Association. 

About Wetlands International European Association 

Established in September 2013, Wetlands International Europe (registered in the Netherlands as Vereniging Wetlands International European Association) is the single network organisation in Europe bringing together 10 NGOs whose shared mission is to inspire and mobilise society to safeguard and restore wetlands for people and nature. Our ambition for the period 2020-2030 is to upscale action to safeguard and restore wetlands, collaborating with multiple partners and mobilising a wide range of actors to transform whole landscapes and sectors. Our access to cutting-edge science, combined with our understanding of EU policies, the on-ground experience from our members, partners and their networks, in addition to our global network, makes us a credible and effective advocate for improving European policies and practices. 

We operate with a growing Secretariat of 16 people, being our key priority to raise the voice of our members in Europe, share knowledge, improve policies and build capacities among stakeholders. For more information, please consult   

The overall purpose of the job 

The Project Assistant will support the expansion and enrichment of a European network of organisations collaborating on swimway conservation, and coordinate other activities of the programme, including fostering recognition and understanding of European swimways, influencing European and national policies, and sharing knowledge.

To this end, Wetlands International Europe is looking for a student, with a background in biodiversity and project management, who will contribute to the main aim of this project by coordinating meetings and activities, conducting desk-based research, advocating for stronger legislation, and creatively contributing to communication activities. 


The Intern should have:

  • an excellent command of written and spoken English,
  • strong ICT skills (GIS and data management skills are assets),
  • good communication and negotiation skills,
  • capacity to work both independently and within a team,
  • ability to work in an international, multi-cultural NGO environment,
  • active interest in current environment and development matters.

Internship Offer 

This offer is only applicable to students. His/her educational institute should be able to provide an Internship agreement to be signed among the three parties.

Reimbursement of a maximum of 400 EUR, based on 36 hours working week. The Intern will be asked to register hours and submit a monthly expense claim.

Hours can be flexible depending on workload and need with a minimum of 3 days per week. The commitment will be discussed regularly with the supervisor.

Applications should include a cover letter summarising the applicant’s suitability for the position and a detailed CV. Applications should be sent by email to and

Please mark in the subject: “Project Assistant (Swimways)”. Questions about the vacancy and/or procedure can also be sent to these email addresses.

The deadline for applications is 28 January 2023. Early applications are strongly encouraged.

Interviews will take place 30 Jan – 1 Feb 2023. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

ToR Intern Swimways 2023





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development