Marine Litter Officers

SCRAPbook (Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography)

Oban, Scotland
£20,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

Sectors: marine conservation

Closing date: Thursday, 21st February 2019   Closes today

Hours: 35hrs pw
Term: Fixed-term to 28 February 2020

The project:

Thanks to the Blue Planet II effect, a small visionary project – SCRAPbook (Scottish Coastal Rubbish Aerial Photography) - started in the Moray Firth, has grown into a Scotland-wide initiative to comprehensively capture and map, through aerial photography, litter along the Scottish coastline.

An experienced fleet of volunteer pilots and observers (from Sky Watch/UKCAP) have identified and recorded coastline affected by litter and pollution. That evidence is graded and mapped through an interactive web-based hub that helps direct targeted clean-up activities.

Following additional investment, SCRAPbook is developing engagement and clean-up activities, focusing initially in north Argyll. We now need a team of two dynamic, engaging and collaborative individuals to join us and help develop the next exciting phase of the project. 

The team of two will be based in Oban thanks to in-kind support from Argyll & Bute Council, and line-managed remotely. Other SCRAPbook team members are based in Perth and Inverness. The Moray Firth Partnership will be the direct employer of the posts, which are funded by the Scottish Government through Marine Scotland.

The role:

  • work closely with fellow SCRAPbook officers to plan and deliver an exciting programme of targeted clean-up activities using the map, images and data analysis;
  • undertake direct action at the most challenging hotspots to remove debris and litter, often from difficult to reach parts of the coastline;
  • build and maintain strong networks of local groups, coastal workers and businesses to unlock appropriate volunteer support for land and water based clean-up activities;
  • encourage groups and individuals actively cleaning the Argyll coastline to share photos/data via social media, app, website;
  • in liaison with Scrapbook’s Engagement Officer maintain local social media presence;
  • provide monthly updates and reporting as required by line manager; and
  • provide any other support as required by the project e.g. assisting with national corporate cleans or image classification.

Although based in Oban, regular travel across north and mid Argyll, and outside and remote working will be required. Evening and weekend work may occasionally be needed. Although not required, own car an advantage.

The person: (skills, knowledge and experience)


  • must be a team player with great people skills and a friendly manner
  • physically fit and able to undertake clean-up activities as part of a close team, often working in remote and difficult to access locations
  • strong stakeholder and community engagement skills, particularly encouraging participation and contribution (volunteer or corporate)
  • good planning and organisational skills a must
  • proficient in using social media – Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • proficient with Office 365 packages, preferably cloud-based
  • able to manage/prioritise own workload effectively and work well within a small team
  • UK Driver’s licence


  • good knowledge of Argyll’s coastline and communities esp north and mid Argyll
  • experience of outdoor working in remote locations
  • experience of off-road vehicles inc quad bikes
  • experience of boats and/or marine industries

To apply: Please send a CV and covering letter (max. 2 pages A4 each) to by 5.00pm on Thursday 21st February 2019 telling us why you are best suited for this post and why you’d like to work for SCRAPbook. Interviews will be held the following week in Oban.

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