MPA Management Plan Project Officer

Community of Arran Seabed Trust

Lamlash, Isle of Arran
£18,000 - £22,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Fixed Term Contract

www.arrancoast.com jstark@arrancoast.com Jenny Stark

Reference: MPAPO2019

Sectors: marine conservation, environmental education, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 31st March 2019  


Do you have the enthusiasm and determination to deliver effective marine management? COAST is delighted to announce that a new post has opened up to join our team, focused on developing the South Arran Marine Protected Area Management Plan.

Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST)
COAST is a multi-award winning marine restoration group established in 1995 by two local divers in response to the collapse of commercial fish stocks and the degradation of seabed habitats in the Clyde. Described by George Monbiot as 'pathfinders', COAST established Scotland's first and only community-driven No Take Zone in 2008 following a 13-year campaign. We proposed the South Arran Marine Protected Area (MPA) in 2012 which came into full effect in 2016.

COAST is a small organisation with an enthusiastic staff and volunteer team committed to the full realisation of the environmental, social and economic potential of our MPA and the progressive development of Clyde marine management. To help deliver this, in December 2016, we purchased a shore-side site and pavilion in Lamlash which we have renovated. In September 2018, we proudly opened Scotland's first community-led Marine Protected Area Visitor Centre, the Octopus Centre, which provides a unique opportunity for the public to connect to our seas and discover how they can make a difference to marine conservation.

The job 
The MPA Management Plan Project Officer will work closely with the Executive Director and external project partners to develop a base level MPA management plan. The post holder will undertake day-to-day supervision and administration to help shape this active and important campaign. Establishing an MPA management plan working group will be a key component of this role, and you will monitor and regularly report on the project in relation to agreed milestones.

The person
The successful candidate will have a post-graduate degree in a Marine Science discipline or two years’ experience in a related field, and have a sound understanding of the marine and coastal environmental issues facing Scotland and the UK. You will be a motivated and pro-active person that has the ability to think on their feet whilst being highly organised. The candidate is expected to show working knowledge of the political, regulatory and stakeholder issues surrounding the Scottish and UK Marine Protected Area network. You will have good IT skills, with demonstrable communication and team working skills. 

To apply
To apply, a full CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet our requirements should be sent by email to Jenny Stark at jstark(at)arrancoast.com by 5pm, 31st March 2019. Interviews are likely to be held the week commencing 15th April. If you would like to discuss this position with us informally please email us at the same address.

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