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Field Volunteer

Terra Sylvestris
Kalamos Island, Greece
Closing date
Feb 8, 2023

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Conservation, Research
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Location: Kalamos island,Greece

On site position

About the organization

Terra Sylvestris is a registered Greek NGO that work towards protecting
the environment and wildlife in the area of the inner ionian as well as
environmental justice issues.

Terra Sylvestris is the only NGO in the area focussing on community
based conservation and is working towards doing biodiversity and
wildlife inventories in an internationally recognized area for


The goal of our field volunteer program is to contribute to sustainable
development in the area of the Inner Ionian island archipelago in Greece
, and is part of the kalamos and Kastos sustainable development
program.An important goal of this, is to help educate and inspire people
from around the world with respect to sustainability and nature
conservation. It is based in the Kalamos Island biological field
station. Volunteers work on a pre-agreed plan with us based on the
structure of our program.

How it works

There are two ways you can participate in our work. The first is by
participating in one of our pre-arranged activities for the field
season. The second is to organize an activity for each volunteer
individually in one of our thematic areas of work . We work out a
pre-agreed plan on an individual volunteer basis which can include a
mixture of activities both pre-arranged and an individual basis one in
one of our thematic areas .

Our thematic areas are as follows:

• Sustainable agriculture and agroforestry

• Forest ecosystem Protection and Restoration

• Restoration of agricultural diversity

• Restoration of marine ecosystems

• Sustainable fisheries management

• Anthropogenic impacts on marine and terrestrial ecosystems

• Anthropogenic pollution measurement and reduction

• Wildlife monitoring and management

• Ecosystem monitoring

• Land use rights

• Marine tenure

• The economics of sustainable development

• Rights of use of natural resources

• Biocontrol of introduced species

• Social justice and related issues in natural resource management and
sustainable development

• Applied animal and plant biological conservation

• Modeling of biological populations

• Marine ecology

• Plant ecology

We currently have four pre- arranged activities. These are:

1.Building the Kalamos Island Eco-community and experimental organic
fruit and vegetable farm

2.Feral cat monitoring program for Kalamos ,Kastos and their satellite

3.Marine ecosystems monitoring program

4.Ornithological habitat Surveys

More details on this for both our thematic areas, the pre-arranged
activities and the structure of our Volunteer program, including our
terms and conditions can be found in the rellevant information documents
that you can download at the end of this page

Volunteer selection process

We operate on a non discriminatory policy basis. People of all ages 18
or above can potentially join the program provided they can show the
relative commitment and ethos .We try our best to fit what we do to the
individual volunteer .We don’t separate people based on gender, ethnic
origin, sexual orientation or religious belief.

Commitment to our cause is an essential characteristic of any volunteer.
For us the ideal volunteer is a person that can turn a problem into a

We have a two stage application process whereby following the first
stage of the application process of sending the form ,a second stage
follows where a live interview is held via skype , telephone or in
person .


At present the volunteer coordinator is Ted Karfakis , a native of
Kalamos Island and an ecologist with many years of experience working in
related projects and that has worked in volunteer orientation and
training in related projects in several parts of the world.Τhe
biological field station which is the basis of the program is staffed by
other members of Terra Sylvestris and sellected volunteers which also
are there to help with the logistics and non administrative issues of
the program.We also have a network of consultants that periodically
contribute for a variety of issues in the projects that we do both on
our own and with the assistance of volunteers.


The cost of participation in the program is 20 euros per calendar day

The minimum amount of time a volunteer can stay with us is 15 calendar

All necessary training and orientation including assistance where
needed, is included for our pre-arranged activities and up to a point
that is pre-agreed for stand alone projects in one of our thematic

Related transport in the general area of the project(Kalamos, Kastos and
the satelite islands) for persons involved in our pre- arranged
activities,Equipment for our pre-arranged activities and up to a
pre-agreed point for stand alone projects in one of our thematic areas,
Accommodation and other related facilities such as shared kitchen
facilities, laundry and drying facilities,shared toilet and shower
facilities access and also station areas for for work are included and
are covered by the fee. A basic housekeeping facility once a week is
also included which includes linen and bed sheet changes .Full access to
wifi internet and computers is also included .Τhere is no meal plan
.Kalamos is in an area where food can be purchased easily from local
shops,super markets etc however. If you plan to come as a group( Five
people or more) then arrangements can potentially be made for a meal
plan at an additional cost. Contact us to discuss further if you are
interested in this option.

It is possible to conduct an undergraduate or postgraduate dissertation
or thesis or research project or part of through participation in this

If you are not working in one of our pre-arranged activities (described
above) but are involved in a stand alone project in one of our thematic
areas of work the participation cost may not cover all neccessary
provisions including equipment and costs to conduct this.In this case we
will have informed you of this and have a agreed on a budget during the
application proccess.

To apply please fill in the relevant form and send it via email to contact@terrasylvestris[dot]org:

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