Planning & Environmental Officer

Royal Yachting Association (RYA)

£28,000 - £31,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent 02380 604105 Lisa Rogers

Sectors: marine conservation, sustainability

Closing date: Thursday, 18th January 2018   2 days left

The Royal Yachting Association, based in Hamble, near Southampton, is the national governing body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sportsboats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft.


The RYA is seeking to appoint a Planning and Environmental Officer to support the RYA’s work in monitoring and responding to developments in the marine environment that could affect recreational boating facilities or activities.

The post holder will be required to maintain and develop the RYA GIS dataset and to give planning and environmental advice to RYA members, clubs and training centres on issues relating to the environmental management of marine and inland waters. Key responsibilities will also include representing the interests of RYA affiliated organisations in responding to marine licence and other consent applications in order to influence development where it may impact on recreational boating facilities or activities, along with providing advice to affiliates on the application process for their own works. The post holder will promote good practice guidance on environmental management and marine and freshwater nature conservation within the boating sector, including management of invasive non-native species and control of nuisance algae and aquatic weed growth.

The successful candidate will hold a relevant academic or professional qualification as well as having demonstrable experience of working in a relevant field. They will be able to digitise and manipulate GIS infrastructure and activity datasets, including production and presentation of GIS products for publication. They will be able to demonstrate knowledge of environmental issues affecting coastal and inland boating, including the legislative framework and government policy. Practical sailing and/or motorboating experience is desirable.

Salary £28,000 - £31,000 per annum, 35 hours per week

Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance, 25 days annual leave plus public holidays.

A job description and application form can be downloaded from our website, or call Lisa Rogers on 02380 604105, or e-mail Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 18 January 2018

Interviews to be held: Thursday 25 and/or Friday 26 January 2018

The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.

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