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.


Assistant to the Program Director – USA

Survival USA is looking for a passionate, engaged and capable assistant to support the Program Director and help grow the San Francisco office. This position will encompass a variety of administrative tasks, including managing and cultivating donors, office management database management, trust and foundation development, and more.

Please read the full job specification here. To apply, complete the job application here. Please send your cover letter, CV, and completed application to info.usa@survivalinternational.org

All applicants must be legally able to work in the US.


Ruby Developer, London – UK

Are you a Ruby developer who’d relish the challenge of working for one of the most exciting human rights charities around?

Survival is the leading organisation supporting tribal peoples around the world. We’re radical, uncompromising in our belief that tribal peoples should be able to take their rightful place in the 21st Century, and innovative in our use of technology. Our website is a vital campaigning tool, and we’re now looking for an experienced Ruby developer to drive its evolution in the years ahead.

- You need to be highly familiar with Ruby on Rails, HTML, CSS and Javascript, which Survival uses across its web platform.
- Experience of SCRUM/ AGILE project management is an advantage, as is experience of working with legacy code.

An absolute commitment to Survival’s aims and objectives is essential, as is a willingness to help out with all aspects of Survival’s work. Our website is a vital part of our campaigning, so your work will be central to all aspects of Survival’s mission. This is a unique opportunity to be at the heart of one of the most exciting campaigning organisations around; it is not just a job.

Salary £30-35,000, depending on experience.

To apply, send your CV, and a cover letter explaining why you are the right person for the job, to rubydeveloper@survivalinternational.org, by 22 July.

- You must have the right to work in the UK
- Hours of work: Monday – Friday, full time (10am – 6pm)
- Contract: 12 months (renewable), with a 6-month probationary period.
- Location: London head office.



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: www.survivalinternational.de/ueberuns/jobs


Web volunteer, London – UK

We are looking for a volunteer 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 volunteer 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.