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Paid and voluntary positions in London and San Francisco are also 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.

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.

Assistant to the director’s office


To support the director’s office in increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of the organization across all departments. This is a position with a huge amount of variety, and enormous potential for professional development.


It is crucial that you are highly numerate with flawless written English and extremely strong writing skills. Please do not apply unless you meet these criteria, which will be rigorously tested.

You will be meticulous, driven, and efficient, and highly skilled at communication. You will demonstrate versatility, flexibility, and a talent for mastering new skills.

We are less interested in formal qualifications or prior experience than a demonstrated ability to learn rapidly, understand complex messages, and work with great accuracy and organization. We need you to be able to work independently with minimal supervision.

You must demonstrate commitment to Survival International’s vision, mission, and values.

Other requirements
> Solid IT skills (mail-merge, Excel formulae, etc.)
> Touch-typing
> Ability and readiness to work outside normal hours and to travel, if and when required
> Confidence and resourcefulness
> An enthusiastic and personable manner – energetic and committed
> You must already have the right to live and work in the UK

Also advantagous
> Proficiency in either French, German (preferred), Italian, Portuguese or Spanish
> Proficiency in design (Adobe Creative Cloud)


The role of assistant to the director’s office encompasses a wide variety of tasks, subject to change as the priorities of the director evolve and adapt. The following list is not exhaustive.

> Provide clerical support, including organizing meetings, and drafting minutes
> Proof-read and edit copy written by other staff
> Draft high-level correspondence from the director
> Manage relationships with high donors
> Assist with organizing events
> Help manage our board of trustees
> Draft fundraising grants and progress reports to trusts and foundations
> Draft and distribute the annual report
> Ensure our brand guidelines are correctly followed by staff
> Develop ideas for improving the efficiency of the organization
> Work to improve communication between offices outside London
> Find new outlets for our publications and materials
> Expand our presence online (forums, blogs, comment sections, Wikipedia etc.)

What can we offer you?

When you join Survival, you’re getting more than just a career. You’re gaining a unique opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most exciting campaigning organizations around; it is not just a job. You will be working with a team of passionate people who really care about human rights and want to change the status quo.

> At the heart of the organization, the director’s office drives growth, defines strategy, and ensures maximum efficiency. You will play a crucial role in the shaping of Survival’s future.
> You will become an integral part of the world’s leading tribal peoples’ rights team.
> You will not be pigeonholed by your job description and there are great opportunities for increasing your skills and growing professionally
> We strive to be an equal opportunities employer, with a close-knit and friendly internal culture. We strive to treat our employees well.
> We have a pensions scheme and generous annual leave (25 days’ holiday increasing with length of service + bonus days over Christmas and New Year).

This is a full time position (Monday – Friday, 10am – 6pm) in our London office. The contract is for 12 months (renewable), with a 6-month probationary period. Salary range 18-20k.

How to apply?

Please send a single-page covering letter together with the application form to kh(at) with the subject “Application + your name”

Closing date for applications: 17 November
First round interviews: 21-22 November
Second round interviews: 28-29 November

Volunteer video editor/ producer

London, UK

Are you an experienced video editor/producer who’d like to volunteer at one of the most exciting human rights organizations around? Could you deliver high quality, engaging film and audio-visual projects that communicate the impact of our work?

Film and video are vital to any campaigning organization. We currently produce a series of short videos in-house for the web, and for sharing on social media, but we’re looking for a leap forward in quality and quantity of output.

You will have a strong technical and creative background with a minimum of two to three years’ professional editing experience, preferably with Premiere Pro.

Fully experienced in the entire editing process from envisaging and scripting short film clips to mixing footage, sound design and colour correction, you will also be confident with digitizing footage, outputting various media formats and upload.

We’re hoping to find a long-term volunteer, but as a minimum are seeking a commitment to a couple of days a week for at least three months, as you’ll need to familiarise yourself with our extensive video library.

If you think you can help us, please send your CV and a cover letter to [email protected]

Internships in Press & Fundraising

Berlin, Germany

Survival’s Berlin office is looking for two interns in the fields of press and fundraising. 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.

For more information and to apply visit our German-language jobs page →

Volunteer Italian/English translator

London, UK

Are you an experienced Italian/English translator who’d jump at the chance to help grow the global movement for tribal peoples’ rights?

Survival’s International office is seeking applications for volunteers willing to do written translation work on an ad hoc basis. The volunteer translator will ideally be a native English-speaker who is also fluent/proficient in Italian and has experience in translating texts from Italian to English (primarily). They must have also have good organisational skills and attention to detail.

The time commitment will vary as the work is irregular, but is likely to be no more than a few hours per month. Volunteers will be contacted when a translation is needed, and asked whether they are available. Please note that this is an unpaid position, and the volunteer will be expected to work remotely.

If you think you can help us, please send a cover letter highlighting your key skills, and a CV to [email protected] Please also include your likely availability i.e. the maximum time that you are willing to commit to a project and any days or periods in the upcoming months that you will definitely not be available.