Biodiversity Monitoring Field Assistant

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Coordinator | Theodore
Coordinator | Theodore
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Volunteer with Terra Sylvestris and be surrounded by lush forests and crystal clear waters in a picturesque traditional village working with locals to protect their environment.
Gain practical experience in data recording, wildlife observation and plant population monitoring under the training and guidance of international experts in the field.
Contribute to data collection that will be used to protect the ecosystem and local livelihoods from the destructive effects of unsustainable industries and illegal activities.
Contribute in one of the few truly grassroots conservation projects in Greece and get to be involved in community based conservation efforts.
Visit the many other islands such as Lefkada which are popular holiday destinations during your free time.
Help is needed for our biodiversity monitoring program (both sea and land). We work on monitoring introduced and endangered species including animals and plants. This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 18+
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Background Information / Objectives of the Kalamos and Kastos sustainable development project

The long term objectives of this project are as follows

  1. Securing all relevant historical rights of use extraction and existence within the geographical area that the people of these islands define as theirs within the shortest possible amount of time. We plan to follow methods from other parts of the world to start legal action at a national and international level if necessary. This is a common tactic to be able to rapidly gain more time and rapidly freeze our case while it is examined by the relevant body either Greek government, EU or United Nations.
  2. Legal actions for the immediate removal of the single fish farming unit in our waters put there by central government
  3. A series of scientific and social studies (emphasis on the marine environment) with the ultimate aim of building a sustainable model of development and ecosystem management for the next 30 years. Local societies without the participation of local governments will be responsible for this under our help and supervision
  4. Extensive habitat restoration on both sea and land with an emphasis on marine habitats. The goal for marine habitats is to be brought back to the state they where in the 1950s using traditional fisheries productivity as a direct measure of this and other appropriate ones. On land, we aim to protect and restore as much of the native forest as possible. The use of experts from around the world under the supervision of our organisation and subject to the approval of the local communities directly. The ultimate goal is to produce a functional web of interconnected habitats on both sea and land that will be as close to the pristine state as possible without the presence of humans and that will maximise ecosystem services at a local, national and international level.
  5. Creation of a voluntary movement of inhabitants for the supervision of and sustainable management of our ecosystems with the assistance of our organisation
  6. Training of local inhabitants on environmental awareness and sustainable ecosystem management and restoration and educating about the long term values of it
  7. Creation, administration, management and coordination of a field volunteer program where people from Greece and all over the world can come and help with the activities of the organisation as part of the program
  8. Creation of income generating alternatives to current environmentally destructive practices in the region.

Goal of the biodiversity monitoring field volunteer program

The goal of our Biodiversity monitoring field volunteer program is to contribute to sustainable development in the area, and is part of our field volunteer program which itself is a part of the Kalamos and Kastos sustainable development program. An important goal of the latter, 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 the volunteer program works

There are two ways you can participate in our work. The first is by participating in one of our pre-arrange 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. 

We work on recording biodiversity on sea and land for the purposes of nature conservation. 


The activities are as follows:

  • Feral cat monitoring program for Kalamos, Kastos and their satellite islands
  • Marine ecosystems monitoring program
  • Ornithological habitat Surveys

The volunteer coordinator is Ted Karfakis that along with other members of the organisation guide and work with volunteers.

The precise nature of the contribution of each volunteer is decided with the volunteer at the stage of the interview. Typical tasks depend on the activity but they are generally composed of maintaining trails, taking measurements of introduced species and endangered species such as monk seals, collecting samples and monitoring vegetation on sea and land.

Typical day

Volunteers work a minimum of 5 hours a day for 5 times a week . 

The typical work day includes doing a task that is part of the pre arranged schedule for the individual volunteer and a meeting at both the beginning and the end of the task of the day as a minimum with the volunteer coordinator. 

For some tasks it may be the case that more than one meetings will be needed and that meetings with other relevant people from the organization of course as part of the daily routine. 

Each volunteer performs their share of basic house work other than what our basic once a week cleaning service provides and also every person is obliged to devote a minimum of 1 hour a week irrespective of the projects they are involved in towards our organic fruit and vegetable farms and gets a share of the production based on their contribution. The tasks for this that are obligatory are only watering in the summer and some weeding in the winter. Volunteers or potential volunteers can request to be excluded if there is a serious reason (e.g. health ,work schedule and so on).

Free-time activities

Several historical and other related landscapes of natural beauty which are within our doorstep are available to explore something that we periodically do with our volunteers as a group activity with members of the organisation and/or other local people as guides.

We also organise visits to places of cultural/historical interest in the immediate area including attendance at local cultural events, periodically such as local celebrations including music events. A local sports facility is available on the island (basketball and soccer) that we sometimes arrange for games with our volunteers under our supervision.

Water Sports


In order to join the program you need to be at least 18 years old on the program start date. There might be exemptions if you can provide the permission of your legal guardian(s) or if your are accompanied by your parents.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Required Documents
Completed application form from our website and copy of identity card or equivalent government document
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 09:00 - 15:00

What's Included

Services by Terra Sylvestris

Full orientation, supervision and training needed during their time at the project location is included as is a complementary course in the basics of the Greek Language. 

Also included is a bunkbed with bed sheets, linen and a pillow, full cleaning service of the area (including bed sheets and linen change) once every calendar week, full access to laundry machine and clothe drying areas as well as access to communal sitting areas.

Finally full access to free high speed wireless internet, shared kitchen and bathroom facilities, fan air conditioning system, wood stove heating system, hot and cold water and electricity are additionally included. 

We provide volunteers with tourist and travel information before arrival, during and after their time with us related to their time on project and Greece in general.


Mixed dorm room accommodation with shared kitchen and bathroom in a recently refurbished and expanded traditional stone house. Location is in the Kalamos island biological field station and more specifically the volunteer hosting area. 

The station is in the outskirts of Kalamos main village (10 minutes from the village centre by walking).The station can house up to 12 individuals in bunkbed accommodation at any given point in time. Two fully equipped kitchens, bathroom facilities with two showers and two toilets as well as bathroom sinks. 

Additionally a third separate bathroom is available with one toilet and one sink. Sitting areas are available both within the main 140 square meter area and outside in the 90 square meter sitting areas as is the farm surrounding the site of the biological field station. 

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages

Periodic donations and inputs from our own organic vegetable and fruit farm are available at times, however volunteers should plan to be able to cater for their own meals while they are with us by going to stores, supermarkets or other places to procure them.

Local stores provide all basic food stuffs and the mainland with places such as convenience stores, supermarkets and open air markets is only 30 minutes by boat from the main village, that can be accessed daily by local public ferry transport.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees. An airport pickup isn't included within the program fees either.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport (ATH) in Athens. We assist you to find cheap flights to Greece.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for Greece provides security and is a plus to have.
If you are intending to volunteer in Greece you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for Greece.

Dates & Fees


Details on arrival

Volunteers can arrive year round and with no time restrictions.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
2 - 50 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in USD
2 weeks (min. stay)
3 weeks
4 weeks
5 weeks
9 weeks
17 weeks
50 weeks (max. stay)
Average fees
$162 /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated. Terra Sylvestris will let you know about the final price during your application process.
Deposit (15%)
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Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with Terra Sylvestris during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

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Biodiversity Monitoring Field Assistant

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