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 Director’s office, London – UK

Survival is looking for a reliable and efficient person to join the director’s office.
This is a varied role which encompasses all aspects of the organization, from secretarial support to managing relationships with trusts and foundations, with a particular focus on finding new audiences to which we can promote our message.

The successful candidate must have excellent writing and communication skills, demonstrate great flexibility and an ability to manage a heavy workload and have a commitment to tribal peoples and Survival’s work. Knowledge of French, Spanish, and/or German would be an advantage.

For details of how to apply please download the job specification and application form

Closing date: 19 February


Web Designer Plus…, London – UK

Do you have the unusual combination of skills we’re looking for? We need:
- someone with web design experience, who’s also
- proficient in HTML/CSS/ Javascript, and has some
- knowledge of Ruby on Rails

We’re looking for a talented web designer to join our in-house new media team. You’ll help to design and produce web projects across Survival’s websites, web applications and social media presences.

You will have a well-developed creative eye, and be comfortable hand-coding HTML, CSS and Javascript. You should be familiar with content management systems, and Ruby on Rails, which Survival uses across its web platform. An interest in human rights is important, and of course you’ll need to be passionate about all things web.

Any other IT skills you have will count in your favour. Knowledge of simple network infrastructure and simple desktop support will be particularly beneficial, as will experience of video editing.

As part of one of the most dynamic and exciting campaigning organizations around, you’ll have the satisfaction of being at the front line of Survival’s work defending the human rights of tribal peoples around the world.

Besides 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.

To apply, please send a CV and covering email including:
- who you are and why you want the job

- an overview of your previous experience

Please send your CV and cover email to web-designer@survivalinternational.org.

- You must have the right to work in the UK
- Applications will be considered on a rolling basis. Post first advertised here 30 November 2015.
- Salary: £23,000- £26,000, depending on skills and experience.
- Hours of work: Monday – Friday, full time (10am – 6pm)
- Contract: 12 months (renewable), with a 6-month probationary period.
- Location: London head office.



Development Assistant, San Francisco – USA

We are searching for an experienced and passionate individual to strengthen and grow the US office. This position will encompass all supporter related tasks, including managing and cultivating high donors, regular supporters, trusts and foundations, and more.

Candidates must have a sincere, passionate commitment to tribal peoples and Survival’s work. They must also have excellent writing and communication skills, excitement for fundraising, and prior development experience. Grant writing experience is a plus. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to play a significant role in increasing Survival USA’s impact and shaping our future.

For details on how to apply please download the job details and application form


Outreach Assistant, San Francisco – USA

Survival USA is looking for an outgoing administrative assistant to support and grow our San Francisco office. This role will range from providing clerical support, to liaising with press, to actively and creatively targeting new audiences.

Successful applicants will be strongly motivated by Survival’s goals and sincerely believe in the importance of fighting for tribal peoples’ rights. We need someone who is hard working, critical thinking, creative and straightforward, someone who is efficient, learns fast, can fit in easily, but who is happy to work largely on their own. The chosen applicant will become an integral part of the world’s leading tribal peoples’ rights team.

For details on how to apply please download the job details and application form


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 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 Communications Intern, London – UK

Survival is looking for an intern to handle communications with our fast-growing Portuguese language supporter base, and to get Survival’s campaigns covered by Portuguese language media around the world.

This position is at the heart of Survival’s work and growth, and crucial to the long-term survival of tribal peoples.

Besides an enthusiasm for, and commitment to, Survival’s work, candidates must be fluent speakers of Brazilian Portuguese (preferably native speakers), fluent in English, and have excellent spoken and written communications skills. Candidates must be well organised and be able to manage their time well, juggling a heavy workload. Experience with Photoshop, graphic design and video editing are an advantage.

Tasks can include securing and monitoring media coverage, researching interesting press angles and establishing new and lasting relationships with key journalists, translating texts from English into Portuguese, and handling Survival’s Portuguese language website, social media and supporter emails.

If you would like to apply for the position and believe you can fulfil this role to a very high standard, please send your CV, cover letter (no longer than one page) and completed application form to ss@survivalinternational.org

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

Location: London head office
Start: As soon as possible
Hours of work: Monday – Friday, Full time (10am – 6pm)
Contract: 11 months, with a 6 month probationary period
Salary: £14,000 pro rata

Closing date: 19 February