Investigative Campaigner – Oceans and Climate

Environmental Justice Foundation

London or Bath
£36,000 - £42,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: environmental policy & campaigning, marine conservation

Closing date: Saturday, 20 January 2018

About EJF

The Environmental Justice Foundation is an international environment and human rights charity, with a mission to ‘protect people and planet.

EJF carries out in-depth investigations in-situ and campaigns to secure environmental justice in some of the world’s poorest countries, where the destruction of natural environments undermines fundamental human rights.

We are an international campaigning organization with huge impact. Our oceans campaign and its extensive investigations, vessel surveillance and supply chain tracking have exposed abuse and prompted arrests, new laws and enforcement action across the world that are curbing illegal ‘pirate’ fishing fleets and reducing ‘seafood slavery’ in west Africa and Asia.

We build grassroots initiatives to protect sharks, turtles and other marine wildlife and the natural habitats they depend on, while enabling local communities to protect their fisheries from foreign ‘pirate’ fishers.

Our work to secure legally binding protection for climate refugees, while highlighting the dangers that climate change poses to global peace and security is gaining attention, strength and traction. EJF is giving voice to the people who feel the first and worst impacts of climate change. We are determined to secure protection for climate refugees, and secure climate justice in our warming world.

EJF’s investigative methodology is allied with the highest level of focused advocacy, reaching Presidents and Prime Ministers. Our use of film in our investigations has been central to the delivery of our high-impact campaigns and our successes.

EJF is lean, agile, creative and results-focused. Join our world-leading team of professionals to help protect people, wildlife, wild places and our shared natural world.

About the role

This role is for a committed and experienced investigative campaigner who will join our international team gathering evidence of environmental abuses and delivering solutions to them.

We are looking for a person to work across the oceans, climate and other programmes: investigating and campaigning for durable positive change, targeting key influencers and decision-takers across the globe. Joining EJF’s UK team and working closely with teams in west Africa, Asia and Germany, the successful candidate will:

  • Research, investigate and analyse findings, producing high-quality, factually-compelling and robust campaign reports to engage and influence high-level decision makers.
  • Bring the highest levels of professionalism together with creative thinking to gather vital information and visual materials for the campaign and ensure the development and implementation of agreed strategies to secure change.
  • Use superb copywriting skills to convey EJF’s findings and recommendations, ensuring the highest standards of factual accuracy and integrity across our studies and documentation.
  • Create winning presentations and effective messaging, across all platforms, in the UK and internationally.

About the successful candidate

  • You will have a proven track record in delivering measurable, high-impact outputs and positive outcomes for environmental or human rights campaigns.
  • You will have clear, demonstrable experience of field-based investigation and study, preferably with experience of working in hostile environments.
  • You enjoy research and understand the fundamental need for attention to detail and factual accuracy.
  • You have a passion for writing and presenting to diverse audiences to secure their understanding, respect and support for your campaigns.
  • You understand the need for creative thinking to resolve issues and have experience in building effective strategies for the delivery of core messages.
  • You are happy to face challenging issues, to be a problem-solver and use tact and diplomacy to build productive partnerships and alliances, and to think creatively to generate coalitions and build audiences; you understand the need to work with integrity, tenacity and determination to secure positive change.
  • You enjoy working independently with minimal direction; you have great interpersonal skills and are happy to coordinate and share your work with the team.
  • You take pride in delivering agreed outcomes on time and on budget, at times managing multiple projects and tight deadlines and knowing how to prioritize your workload.
  • You are entirely comfortable taking direction, working in a team, with equal ability to work independently, taking initiative and responsibility.
  • You appreciate the constraints of working in a smaller non-profit, and how to leverage cost-efficient outcomes where creativity, dynamism and flexibility rather than big budgets are the key to success.
  • You speak and write English with complete fluency and you enjoy communicating with colleagues, the public and other audiences to inspire support for the environment, wildlife and human rights.
  • You know that change is not easily won, but worth winning.

You may also have:

  • Experience of film-making or journalism/published writing.
  • Proficiency in other language/s (especially French, Spanish, German, Chinese).


  • Annual leave of 28 days (including 8 public holidays) increasing by 2 days each year, plus 1 personal day per year, and additional paid leave over Christmas.
  • Generous employer contributory pension increasing for each year of completed service.
  • Private health insurance.
  • Option to work from home one day per week.
  • Cycle to work scheme.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Closing date: 5pm 20th January 2018.

Initial phone interviews will take place 23/24/25th January; in-person interviews on 1, 7 and 8th February 2018.

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