Sophie Greatwood sophie at gvi.co.uk
Tue May 23 07:44:51 PDT 2006


GVI is looking for adventurous & motivated staff  all-rounder, with boat handling experience, to assist in setting up and running an exciting new wildlife and marine expedition
Position start date July 2006


If you are interested and have the relevant qualifications and experience pls send me your CV and cover letter ASAP to sophie at gvi.co.uk




"Global Vision International promotes sustainable solutions for a rapidly changing world by matching the general public, with international environmentalists, researchers and pioneering educators."
Global Vision International, (www.gvi.co.uk), was formed in 1998 to provide support and services to international charities, non profits and governmental agencies. Through their international network of 40 personnel in over 20 countries GVI continues to support many of the most critical conservation and humanitarian projects around the globe. GVI is a non-political, non-religious organisation, which through its alliance with aid-reliant organisations throughout the world provides opportunities to Volunteers to fill a critical void in the fields of environmental research, conservation, education and community development. GVI wildlife and Marine Expeditions work closely with local organisations and providing essential support monitoring the Kisite-/mpunguti National Marine Park, environmental and sustainable development education.



This new expedition combines a variety of both marine and terrestrial research together with community development projects within the tropical environment of East Africa. The expedition looks at the biodiversity of the immediate region around Shimoni, utilizing a base in Shimoni on the Kenyan border with mainland Tanzania. The expedition examines how the local communities affect and utilise the region's natural resources, and aims to assist these communities to profit from their resources in a sustainable manner. The expedition will focus on three main elements, wildlife research and the impact of development upon it, marine mammal research (specifically dolphins) to determine trends related to tourism and populations and community development projects which together with many other activities will include teaching English programs, sustainable tourism workshops and development programs.

Cetacean research off the coast of Shimoni as well as incidental marine mega-fauna research, including whale sharks, turtles, whales and manta rays. Wildlife research on species such as Colobus monkeys and forest biodiversity studies. Teaching English, Environmental education, Rainforest re / degeneration, Sustainable tourism practices, and Community infrastructure development.



The project is managed by a young team of four full-time Researchers assisted by teams of temporary, overseas volunteers. The position open is expedition staff and will be trained and participate in all areas of the expedition focuses:


Expedition staff
Looking for all rounder to  assist in managing the research programmes, train Expedition Members in survey and monitoring techniques, teach survey techniques and identification, write reports, liaise with local partners and head office. Drive boat; maintain high health and safety standards, aid with logistics, budgeting and community programme

Science degree and environmental studies/sustainable development background an advantage. Previous expedition experience and working with volunteers advantage


RYA level 2 Boat Handling qualifications and experience essential. Able to work as part of a team, in a remote area and on own initiative. Driving licence.  Excellent people skills needed. Basic Swahili is an advantage. Pro-activity, self-motivated, flexible, prepared to work flexible hours and operate happily and effectively within a communal living environment. . Must be able to lead plus work as part of a team with good management and organisational skills. Possible promotion to management positions for suitable candidates.


This positions also offers potential opportunities within the growing organisation of GVI, all around the world. Please look at the GVI website for more information on this exciting organisation www.gvi.co.uk




All food, accommodation, equipment and essential transport provided, plus $450 expedition salary and flight contribution, paid at start and end of the contract. Own insurance has to be provided. Hours are long, with a day and a half off at weekends when not on duty. Conditions are basic, living on an island, however staff get private room. Solar power provides limited electricity at night. The diet is generally vegetarian and staff are expected to join Expedition Members in camp duties such as cooking, base cleaning, maintenance of base and boats.


Position started ASAP no later than July 2006



Enquiries and applications to Sophie Greatwood 

sophie at gvi.co.uk Cell: +2782 410 5539







Sophie Greatwood
Director of operations, Africa
e: sophie at gvi.co.uk
t: +27 82 410 5539

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