Library Sciences Intern/Volunteer at Environmental Library in Bhutan

The Royal Society for Protection of Nature (RPSN) is an environmental non-profit located in the gorgeous mountain Kingdom of Bhutan. RPSN is seeking a library sciences master’s student, recent graduate, or experienced volunteer librarian to set  up the first-ever environmental library in the country starting around May 2011 for a 6-to-12 month internship. Starting date and length is negotiable.

Although supervised, this internship would be in large part self-directed, allowing you to put your coursework into practice. This position would include administrative,  technical and user services.

Position description

  • Maintain catalog and track books
  • Recommend book or journal acquisition
  • Assist library users
  • Create research/library user guides by subject area (the subject areas would be provided by RSPN)
  • Recommend rotating educational library displays
  • Work with Bhutanese counterpart in librarian tasks
  • Help in acquisition of additional journals and academic databases
  • Records setup and maintenance
  • Make and implement recommendations on library improvement as necessary
  • Other librarian duties as needed

Position requirements

  • Master’s degree in progress or completed library science or related field
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field
  • Interest in environmental issues preferred but not required
  • Library experience preferred but not required for students
  • Fluency in English


  • Paid accommodation
  • Small living stipend to cover food and basic needs

For more information about RSPN or the beautiful mountain valley where we are located, please visit our website at or email the addresses listed below.

To apply for this internship, please submit your CV, the contact information for three references, and a cover letter detailing your interest and availability for this position. Submit your materials via email to: Ms. Rachel Sayre at and Mr. Phuntsho Yonten at Application materials will be reviewed until the position is filled.