About GVI

At GVI, we’re driven by the desire to make a positive impact on our planet and its people. Our dedicated teams are actively working to address global challenges and together, we leverage a diverse set of specialised skills to pursue a shared vision: fostering a brighter and more sustainable future for all.

We offer award-winning conservation and community development programs in 13 countries, all aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and led by our teams and experts from the communities we operate in.

Working at GVI is fast-paced and fun. We value passion, authenticity and innovation, and we treat each other with respect. But we can do better than words to show you who we are! To see what it’s really like to work for GVI, click here.

About the role

As a Field Assistant, you will play a crucial role in supporting the daily operations of our programs alongside the GVI team. Your responsibilities will include managing participants and students within our groups and assisting the execution of our award-winning programmes. Ultimately, the primary objective of the Field Assistant is to ensure that our groups have an exceptional experience during their time with GVI.


  • To assist in the day-to-day responsibilities of the programme, including Health and Safety, diving and conservation programs and volunteer management.
  • Uphold professional staff conduct and regularly communicate with your Coordinator, PM or Senior Coordinator.
  • Organise and lead field trips and activities with volunteers. This includes social evenings, scientific survey work, community events, GVI-led recreational activities such as snorkels, hikes, evening activities or any other scheduled or ad-hoc activity.
  • Have a weekly meeting with the Coordinator where the coming weeks tasks and challenges will be discussed.
  • To be delegated daily tasks by the Coordinator, PM or Senior Coordinator such as assisting with maintenance, scheduling, stocktaking, reports, presentations and workshops.
  • Ensure high quality of dive and survey training of participants and that all data collected is suitably reported and stored on databases and backed up, in co-ordination with other GVI staff.
  • Assist the PM to continuously seek to improve the quality of the program for volunteers. This might include such things as extra activities, training opportunities, base improvements or expansion, services or expedition products.
  • Create a fun and educational environment for participants at all times.
  • Should expect to be working in the field 4-5 days a week depending on the season and perform office duties the remainder of the week.
  • Under the direction of an instructor attend in-water and out-of-water training with regards to your Divemaster. This includes but is not limited to OW, AOW, Rescue, EFR, etc. courses.

About you
If you are ambitious, and purpose-driven, and you have a great sense of humour, we want to meet you. As an organisation, we know that welcoming a broad range of people with unique identities makes us powerful and we are committed to diversity, equity and inclusion practices.

Personal attributes:

  • Commitment, drive and enthusiasm to develop yourself and motivate others.
  • Responsible and hardworking, with the ability to show and use initiative, as well as be positive, even in stressful situations.
  • Flexible, open-minded and adaptable.
  • Easy-going team player, excited about being a part of a global family on a mission to make a difference.
  • Willing to work long/flexible hours as needed (not the usual 9 to 5).

Professional skills and experience:

  • Passion for marine conservation and a science-led approach.
  • Degree or relevant experience working in the marine or conservation sector.
  • Must be PADI Open Water certified or equivalent by an internationally recognized training authority.
  • PADI medical needed.
  • Experience living in remote or communal living conditions.
  • Experience managing groups/participants/students (we will provide all project-specific training in-country).


Here’s what our global team enjoys:

  • Collaborative, flexible culture
  • Transparency – hear directly from the CEO consistently
  • We laugh a lot, genuinely care about and support each other, and do the occasional dress-up
  • Leadership development
  • In-house counselling support
  • Growth opportunities across our 17 locations!

Package includes:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Visa costs (if applicable)
  • Emergency medical and travel insurance

To apply:

Please send your CV along with a cover letter stating why you feel you would be best suited to this position at GVI.

GVI is committed to providing equal employment opportunities and values diversity in our organization. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, or national origin.

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.

About GVI

GVI is an international multi-award-winning social enterprise. We offer conservation and community development programs in 13 countries, all aligned to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, and led by our teams and experts from the communities we operate in.