Start Date: August – September 2022
Location: Giannitsochori, Kyparissia, Greece
Length of Contract: 2 months
Department: Operations
Minimum Experience: Entry-level

About the Role

As a GVI Field Assistant in Greece you will work on our conservation project protecting endangered loggerhead turtles in collaboration with our Greek partner organisation. Your days will be filled with assisting participants to record nesting activity from the previous night and protect nests from predators,  all while spending your time on the beautiful beaches in Kyparissia bay, Greece!

This is a 3-4 month position, where you’ll assist with leading the turtle conservation efforts as well as volunteer management, all in exchange for your food and accommodation. This position is suitable for someone who is excited about conservation, not afraid to work hard, and looking for the chance to improve your conservation and leadership skills all while having an incredibly unique experience!

What you will do

  • Support the Program Manager and other staff in the running of the program, as well as managing volunteers on a daily basis
  • Lead volunteer activities
  • Assist and actively contribute to project development
  • Act as an enthusiastic role model for volunteers and provide guidance and mentorship
  • Attend staff meetings as an integral member of the team
  • Support base management by ensuring: chore duties are complete, hygiene standards are maintained, GVI’s high health and safety standards are met etc.
  • Adopt a flexible working week including evenings and weekends at times

What you will need


  • Passion for sustainable development
  • People-centric mindset – comfortable with being ‘on’ 24/7
  • Experience managing groups/participants/students
  • Experience volunteering (leading volunteers would be ideal)
  • Experience travelling/living in a foreign country
  • Ability to live in a communal setting
  • Strong physique – able to walk 5 hours in heavy sand while carrying equipment


  • Previous GVI experience
  • Previous turtle experience or knowledge
  • Understanding of coastal conservation
  • Understanding of local culture
  • Manual Driving Licence
  • Emergency First Response certified/trained

What we offer

Our packages include the following: Food – Accommodation – Purposeful day to day work – Safety Management Training – Emergency First Responder Training – Career Development – Travel insurance

About us

GVI is an international multi-award-winning social enterprise on a mission to build a global network of people united by their passion to make a difference. We run programs in 13 countries worldwide aligned to the objectives of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

GVI is a platform for personal growth, and our staff have the ability to develop themselves across teams, departments, and even locations! We value passion, authenticity, entrepreneurship and innovation and treat all of our stakeholders with respect and compassion above everything else.

You can find out more about the types of work we do, and who we are as an organization here.

Please note:

We will do our utmost to respond to all applicants, however, given the large volume of applications we receive, this isn’t always possible. If you do not hear back from us within three-four weeks, please take it that on this occasion your application was unsuccessful.

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