Sea turtle monitoring leader in Marine conservation programme in Mexico
Ref / MXGVI-M005
1 year, contract signed after a trial period of 4 weeks if new to the team.
Positions available in Pez Maya. Pez Maya is located in Biosphere Reserve of Sian Ka’an, Tulum, Quintana Roo. Approximately 3 hours south of Cancun, an hour from Tulum along a rough dirt road into the jungle and set in a pristine Caribbean location.
GVI is looking for a hard-working individual who is committed to help in the day-to-day base logistics and activities, ensure Health and Safety on base, train volunteers in survey and monitoring techniques, liase with local partners and Mexico head office. The main responsibility of this position is volunteer management and training. Staff must follow and enforce all of GVI's Health and Safety regulations and project protocols, while motivating volunteers and promoting a fun and enthusiastic environment on base. Staff will interact socially with volunteers both on and off surveys and at all times on base -- this is not a 9-5 job! GVI projects are a team environment and volunteers are an essential part of that team. All GVI programmes are developed in conjunction with local communities, non-profits, or charities who benefit directly and indirectly from the volunteer assistance. Programmes are able to demonstrate a long-term strategy, community involvement and a real need for volunteer assistance on the ground. There are good opportunities for promotion and long-term commitments within the organisation.
Number of positions available
GVI owns and operates more than 150 volunteer programs worldwide. We are one of the world’s largest independent volunteer program providers and have worked for over 10 years to supply quality volunteer programs across the globe. Every year over 3000 volunteers join programs from 1 week to over 1 year. Our programs are regularly featured in the world’s press and scientific and humanitarian publications for their great achievements in the field. Through its international network of over 150 personnel worldwide GVI continues to support many of the most critical conservation and humanitarian projects around the globe. GVI is incredibly proud of its culture. We believe in what we do and are totally committed to providing the very best programs and volunteer experiences. Although we work hard we have a tremendous amount of fun. Come and meet us to see why so many people want to work with GVI at home or abroad.
Manage volunteers for the turtle programme during season
Train volunteers in turtle conservation and monitoring techniques following our local partners methodology
Ensure strict health and safety regulations
Report to Program Manager
Help with logistics on base
Help with fund rasing activities
Provide fun social environment and engage volunteers at all times
Rigorous project management, including protocol management, data management and report writing.
Support local partners as well as local, national and international collaborators.
Provide logistical support to the Base Manager in the day-to-day execution of the programme.
Translate, interpret and facilitate communication in Spanish and English.
Science degree in Marine biology, Oceanography, Geography, environmental studies/sustainable development or similar background.
Experience monitoring sea turtles
Experience leading/managing groups of people
Able to work as part of a team and on own initiative.
Fluency in English & Spanish.
Pro-activity, self-motivation and flexibility
Prepared to work long and flexible hours (night patrols during turtle season)
Excellent people and communication skills
PADI Dive Master
Boat handling and boat driving license (equivalent of RYA Powerboat level 2) highly desirable
EFR instructor qualification
APPLICATIONS ARE RECEIVED THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. This is a 6 month postion with potential for a year. Management development for those showing the required skills. Please note : Due to the amount of applications GVI receives, applicants who do not fulfill the above requirements should not expect to be contacted
Successful applicant must provide own personal medical insurance during employment (including repatriation to home country).
Basic food and accommodation onsite plus competitive salary