Media and Communications Officer

Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Tobermory, Isle of Mull
£17,500 pa pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Fixed Term Contract Morven Russell

Sectors: marine conservation, conservation & wildlife

Closing date: Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Job Title: Media and Communications Officer

Reporting to: The Director of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust

Overall purpose of the job:

Taking the lead on ensuring our work reaches the widest possible audience – including local communities, visitors to the Hebrides, the scientific community, policy makers and the wider public. You will develop HWDT’s digital presence – including all social and online channels – to help raise the profile of the Trust and encourage participation in our volunteer research expedition programme.

Key tasks and responsibilities:

Managing people

  • Line Manage a mixed team of remote and on-site programme volunteers.

Media and marketing:

  • Develop the HWDT digital presence – including social channels – to raise the profile of the Trust.
  • Liaise with HWDT press and media consultants, scientific advisors and staff to produce high quality content for a range of on and off‐line communications; such as press releases, e‐ newsletters, marketing collateral, news articles, blogs, web and social media content.
  • Develop relationships with various media, maintain a database of press contacts.
  • Work with the Director to implement the Trust’s social media strategy and policy.

Supporter and volunteer programme development:

  • Develop HWDT supporter programmes with specific focus on the recruitment of members, animal sponsors and research expedition volunteers.
  • Work in partnership with science and engagement teams to create content for annual membership magazines and animal sponsorship updates.

Finance and reporting:

  • Monitor marketing spend against targets, decide on appropriate expenditure to meet objectives, manage day-to-day procurement, including selecting appropriate suppliers.
  • Monitor, evaluate and report on the performance of communications and marketing activity.
  • Keep abreast of new developments, trends and technologies in communications and marketing and make recommendations to the Director and project leads on how the organisation could use them to meet objectives.


  • Manage the booking process and pre-trip communication with research expedition volunteers.
  • Respond to general supporter and communication-related enquiries and correspondence.
  • Manage the Trust’s supporter database, photo and video media libraries.

Skills and experience:


  • An undergraduate degree in marketing and communication;
  • Passion for seas, marine wildlife and conservation;
  • Experience using website content management systems;
  • Proficient in database and information management;
  • Demonstrable experience in digital content creation;
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and oral;
  • A strong ability to build relationships and networks, both internally and externally;
  • Ability to work as part of a small team;
  • An organised self‐starter, taking the initiative to achieve the goals set by the Director.


  • Familiarity with the Scottish west coast islands, marine environment and an understanding of Hebridean communities, culture and heritage;
  • Experience volunteering within the charity sector;
  • Full driving license.


Salary: £17,500 per annum pro rata.

Contract: 12 month fixed term maternity cover contract. Part time, 22 hours per week.

Annual Leave: Annual holiday entitlement is 34 days pro rata (which will be accrued on a monthly basis) inclusive of 9 public holidays. The holiday year runs from 1st April to 31st March.

Starting date and probationary period: The ideal starting date is late November 2017. The position is subject to satisfactory performance during the initial three-month probationary period.

Place of work: HWDT is based on the Isle of Mull, and the appointee will work both from its offices in Tobermory and Hebridean communities included in the project. The role will require occasional travel and including evening and weekend work. Expenses are payable and a valid driving license is preferred. Time off in lieu is given, overtime is not paid.

Application procedure: Send CV and Covering Letter with the names of two referees by e-mail to: Morven Russell at or post to HWDT, Clydesdale Bank Buildings, Tobermory, Isle of Mull, PA75 6NU.

For more information about HWDT please visit our website, or telephone 01688 302 620.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on Tuesday 25th October 2017.

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