Would you care to be one of our field leaders in 2020?
It is only a few days ago that the 2019 field projects ended and everyone involved seems happy and exhausted. And what a great season it was! The results of the super efforts of the 2109 teams will be processed and communicated in a couple of months.
In the meantime, ARCHELON has published the call for field leaders for 2020 and the application deadline is 9 January 2020. “We understand that many of the people interested to become field leaders and spend from 3 to 6 months on the beaches, need to plan early” says Reggina Stefanatou, the Project Coordinator of ARCHELON, who is responsible for their selection.
Field leaders are volunteers selected on the basis of their experience and skills, who are responsible for leading the teams in the field projects for 2020, which will be very similar to those of last year. The objectives of the projects are those mentioned below:
Protecting sea turtle nesting activity in 7 different locations in Greece
Monitoring sea turtles in the foraging area of Amvrakikos bay, West Greece
The role of field leaders is to ensure the proper on-site implementation of sea turtle monitoring actions (Monitoring Leaders), public awareness actions (Public Awareness Leaders) and the good state of ARCHELON’s Field Stations (Camp and Volunteer Leaders).
“The experience and skills we are seeking is different for each category of field leaders”, explains Reggina. “It would be helpful if all candidates have had a personal experience of ARCHELON’s projects but we are also keen to welcome people with wider experience in some subjects”. An introductory informative session for field leaders will be organised in May and several theme specific seminars are to be organised during the project period.
“Evaluation is in the heart of ARCHELON’s operations, as we rely on many people in carrying out our projects every year”, says Chara Papailiou, the Volunteer Officer, as she goes through the feedback questionnaires she is still receiving. It is true that about 700 international volunteers participated in the 2019 summer projects, including more than 30 field leaders. “Every year ARCHELON is entering in internship agreements with 70 Universities and other educational establishments from all over the world”, she continues.
The number of internships has been on the rise, which highlights that ARCHELON operates as a hands-on school for nature and wildlife conservation on the coast. It is a fact that nature conservation is an inter-disciplinary area, where diverse types of knowledge and skills are used to bring about awareness and change in the world.
Click HERE for more information about the call for field leaders.
Click HERE for information about the 2020 projects.
Click HERE to download ARCHELON’s projects flyer for 2020.