Work for Survival

Offers of work and volunteering opportunities with Survival in London and San Francisco are posted here. For positions in other offices (Berlin, Paris, Madrid, Milan), please see the Survival website in the relevant language.

Survival does not manage any projects overseas – we do assist some projects with tribal peoples, but these are run by the tribe itself. We do not send volunteers into the field, or sponsor any visitors other than our own staff.

Our resources are very limited and therefore we regret that we cannot reply to applications unless we are interested in pursuing them. We apologize for this. If you apply for a position and do not hear from us within ten days, please assume that we will not be pursuing your application at this time. You are, however, welcome to apply for other positions as they arise.

A genuine commitment to Survival and its work is more important than formal qualifications or a desire to work in the charity sector as a whole.


Internships in Press & Publications, Berlin – Germany

Survival’s Berlin office is looking for two interns in the fields of press and publications. Both positions require you to speak German as a first language and have a working knowledge of English. The positions are suitable for those interested in indigenous rights issues and human rights.

Fore more information and to apply visit: www.survivalinternational.de/ueberuns/jobs

Graphic Design Intern, San Francisco – USA

We are offering a unique opportunity for an intern to impact the strategy behind our work. The intern will work closely with the Survival USA staff to design materials to help bring awareness to our campaigns and generate support for tribal peoples. The position is suitable for those interested in indigenous rights issues and human rights. The ideal applicant would be self-motivated and eager to contribute ideas. The intern will play an integral role in shaping Survival’s presence on social media and other online outlets.

Applicants should have excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite: Indesign, Photoshop required, Illustrator optional. Applicants should also have excellent communication (both written and oral) and experience using multiple social media platforms.

Commitment: 1 day per week. 3-6 months. Contingent upon one-month performance evaluation. Based in San Francisco. Unpaid.

Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter and 2 examples of previous graphic design work to info.usa@survivalinternational.org. Potential candidates may be required to submit additional application materials.

Web Intern, London – UK

We are looking for an intern to help maintain Survival’s presence on the web. The web is at the center of everything we do. Our message resonates with thousands of people all over the world. It is crucial that our website and IT infrastructure is properly maintained, and kept up to date with new developments.

To help us achieve this we need someone with a broad technical knowledge base, an ability to pick up new ideas quickly, and an enthusiasm for Survival’s work.

Your responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

- HTML/CSS formatting and design of content posted on the Survival website, and emails sent out to Survival’s supporters.
- Producing graphics and imagery for the web and email.
- Helping maintain Survival’s physical network: wired internet and wi-fi.
- Helping with server admin tasks, like uploading media to our Amazon S3 bucket.

Useful Skills:

- HTML/CSS
- JavaScript/Jquery
- Photoshop/ Indesign/ video editing
- Knowledge of IT infrastructure – Networking, Mac desktop support
- Knowledge of Server Administration: Unix Shell, Amazon EC2, Amazon S3.

As well as the technical skills, you will need to be committed to Survival’s aims and ideals. If you’d like to help, please send a CV and covering email including:
- who you are and why you’d like to intern at Survival
- a brief overview of your previous experience

As well as an enthusiasm for and commitment to Survival’s work, the ideal candidate will be well organised and have good time-management skills. The ability to work as part of a team and take pleasure in routine, as well as more challenging, tasks, is important.

Applications will only be considered from candidates who have a right to live and volunteer in the UK. Please specify this information in your cover letter.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Please send your CV and cover email to webintern@survivalinternational.org
Location: Survival’s London office (near Barbican)
Start: As soon as possible
Duration: Ideally, 2-3 days per week for 3-6 months minimum – other, more flexible, arrangements might be possible.
Please note that this position is unpaid but some travel and food expenses can be covered.

Portuguese language Press Intern (London office)

Survival is looking for an intern to help get Survival’s campaigns covered by Portuguese-language media around the world.

Candidates must be native speakers of Brazilian Portuguese, fluent in English, and have excellent spoken and written communications skills. Tasks can include monitoring media coverage, researching interesting press angles and establishing new and lasting relationships with key journalists, and other tasks as they arise.

The position provides an excellent opportunity for learning new skills and acquiring knowledge of press work in an international non-governmental organisation, as well as a chance to contribute to an important part of Survival’s work for tribal peoples. The position would suit someone seeking a career in communications, PR and journalism, with an interest in international human rights.

As well as an enthusiasm for and commitment to Survival’s work, the ideal candidate will be well organised and have good time-management skills. The ability to work as part of a team and take pleasure in routine, as well as more challenging tasks, is important.

Applications will only be considered from candidates who have a right to live and volunteer in the UK. Please specify this information in your cover letter.

Please send your CV and cover letter (no longer than 1 page) to Sarah Shenker: ss@survivalinternational.org

Location: Survival’s London office (near Barbican)
Start: As soon as possible
Duration: 1-2 days per week for 3-6 months
Please note that this position is unpaid.