Marine Ecology Team Leader/Research Assistant

Would you like to join the multidisciplinary team of Archipelagos Institute to promote applied field research and conservation in the Aegean Sea, Greece?

We are looking for dedicated and proactive people with Marine Biology background and field work experience, but also good communication/organization skills, to lead and inspire and/or coordinate our Marine Ecology team to pursue Archipelagos conservation goals.

Archipelagos conservation projects are multidisciplinary with the participation of different research teams, therefore the successful candidate must be a strong team player wable to focus on the common goal of the project and its conservation outcome.

The Marine Ecology Team Leader will work closely with the Project Managers and the Scientific director to take part in the phases of project design and implementation that require its field of expertise.

The Marine Ecology Research Assistant will work closely with the Team leader to ensure that tasks and projects assigned to the Marine Ecology Team run smoothly. This is a key role to act as a coach to Archipelagos interns to get experience in fieldwork and data collection methodologies.

These positions will also support the Operations Manager on the day to day operation at the bases and the teams.

The role would be perfect for someone looking for a challenging opportunity to gain scientific field work experience to continue developing their career in the field of Marine science and Environmental conservation.

Duties and responsibilities

Marine Ecology Team Leader: 

  • Act as a team leader planning the Marine Ecology field work and surveys and leading daily meetings with the team to coordinate activities at the base.
  • Supervise and coach Marine Ecology interns on their projects, scientific writing and reports, to ensure that work carried out and data collection is accurate and to a high scientific standard.
  • Proactive attitude to research for funding and scientific publication opportunities.
  • Contribute to the general base management.
  • Have a good understanding of the Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation goals to be able to design new projects in line with them.

Marine Ecology Research Assistant:

  • Suport on Research team leader on:
    • Direct supervision of Intern’s work.
    • Giving scientific writing feedback.
    • Coordination of survey activities.
    • Coach interns to improve their fieldwork and scientific skills.
    • Conduct Induction/Welcome briefings to new interns.
    • Direct supervision during surveys as required.

Required skills:

Marine Ecology Team Leader: 

  • MSc Degree in the field of ecological, environmental and/or marine sciences.
  • Field research skills: knowledge of data collection methods and research and analysis principles and techniques.
  • Previous experience in research conservation projects and field surveys of marine habitats, marine flora species and risk assessments.
  • Experience managing and training students and/or volunteers.
  • Demonstrated leadership, supervision and team building skills.

Marine Ecology Research Assistant:

  • BSc Degree in the field of ecological, environmental, and/or marine sciences.
  • Previous experience in research conservation projects and field surveys of marine habitats, marine flora species, and risk assessments.
  • Experience managing and training students and/or volunteers.

For both positions:

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  • Ability to conduct fieldwork in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to write scientific reports and papers.
  • Fluency in English.
  • Fluency in Greek ( desired).
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Some knowledge of statistical analysis and R Studio.
  • Sincere interest in issues related to the protection of the environment.
  • Willingness to occasionally work during weekends and holidays.


  • Marine Ecology Team Leader: Salary according to the experience, accommodation and full board.
  • Marine Ecology Research Assistant: Accommodation, full board, and flights (This is an unpaid position, but can be later extended to also include financial compensation.)

About Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation:

Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation is a non-profit, non-governmental organization committed to researching and defending the biodiversity of the Greek seas and islands, as well as the entire eastern Mediterranean.

Since its creation in 1998, Archipelagos has been focusing on the combination of multidisciplinary scientific research and efficient conservation work in which local communities play an active part.

This strategic cooperation enables and strengthens Archipelagos’ actions at local, national and European level, allowing it to protect aquatic and terrestrial life against ever-increasing human destructive activities.

About Marine Ecology Team:

For over 20 years, Archipelagos has been collecting data to monitor important ecosystems of the eastern Aegean Sea, an area where knowledge regarding ecosystems and their populations is largely deficient. By understanding the increasing impacts of human disturbance, we aim to develop successful, targeted management and conservation plans. The marine ecology team focuses on monitoring the littoral ecosystem, Posidonia oceanica meadow health, biodiversity assessments, the presence and establishment of invasive species, microplastic research and fisheries, as well as habitat restoration through seagrass replanting and artificial reefs .

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About the location:

Archipelagos Bases are located on the islands of Samos and Lipsi, in the heart of the Eastern Aegean Sea. The Aegean Sea is one of the most important marine biodiversity hotspots in the Mediterranean, with some of the most extensive and pristine ecosystems, hosting populations of keystone species. Far away from the mass tourism, these remote Aegean islands offer the most authentic  Greek lifestyle with welcoming local communities, rich culture and beautiful landscapes.

Find out more about our bases at:

How to Apply

Please submit an up-to-date resume, two references and one page cover letter expressing your interest to as soon as possible. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and positions will remain open until filled.

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Key Information


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Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation


Full Time




Conservation, Environment, Marine Conservation, Nature & Wildlife


Lipsi Island, Greece, Greece