Digital Communications Assistant

International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators

Home-based UK/Europe (within EST +5)
Commensurate with experience

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

www.iaato.org recruitment@iaato.org

Sectors: sustainability, conservation & wildlife, marine conservation

Closing date: Friday, 30th August 2019  


Digital Communications Assistant (engagement)

With current and anticipated growth in Antarctic tourism, the demand on the Secretariat is growing and with that, the need for the Secretariat to expand. As a result, IAATO is seeking a Digital Communications Assistant.

  • Full time
  • UK/Europe (within EST + 5)
  • Permanent
  • Immediate start

The Digital Communications Assistant will support IAATO in its mission to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible Antarctic private-sector travel through effective communications and marketing, and assist the members of the Secretariat with additional tasks.

The role will involve internal and external communications, social media communication, press releases, web site management and development, newsletters, meeting preparations, maintaining a photographic database, responding to communications-related member requests and other essential tasks.

The communications assistant will work closely with the Communications and Engagement Officer, Head of Communications and Environment and the Executive Director.

Essential Skills

As well as relevant education and communications experience, candidates should have exceptional organization and planning skills, be self-motivated and:

  • have excellent English speaking and writing skills;
  • possess experience in corporate social media management, content creation and editing;
  • have experience in website management;
  • able to identify stories which can enhance the reputation of IAATO as an industry leader and create strong and professional press releases and other external communications and marketing materials;
  • able to quickly identify and respond to emerging issues which may have a reputational impact on IAATO and/or its polar partners;
  • able to create professional and engaging social media content;
  • possess the resilience to work under pressure and in high pressure environments both as part of a team and with the ability to take the initiative as required;
  • come up with creative solutions to sharing news and developments in a way which encourages widespread reach across our core audiences;
  • able to manage multiple tasks and/or projects with minimal supervision;
  • be sensitive to different people, cultures and politics.

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of Antarctic issues, the polar expedition cruise industry and responsible tourism;
  • Knowledge and/or interest in environmental issues;
  • In addition to English, fluent in one or more of the six official languages of the United Nations

This is an exceptional opportunity to work with a talented team of professionals passionate about responsible Antarctic tourism and the ongoing protection and preservation of the white continent.

The role will require international travel throughout the year for high-profile meetings and conferences as well as regular communications with international colleagues.

Salary and other terms of employment will be agreed based on the qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Please submit your résumé, cover letter, the details of three professional referees, and, if applicable, relevant examples of previous work along with the completed exercise detailed below by email to recruitment@iaato.org by August 30, 2019.

We encourage you to use all available resources to find information, but ask that you complete the tasks independently. 

Exercise 1 – IAATO Social Media Campaign 

a) You are invited to deliver a social media campaign for IAATO. The subject and audience is entirely up to you, but should be aligned with IAATO’s mission of safe, environmentally responsible private-sector travel to Antarctica. Please outline the steps you would take to develop a campaign, how you would deliver it and measure success. 

b) Please provide examples of posts you would write for in support of your campaign, which social media channels you would use and why.


IAATO reserves the right to interview and hire before the deadline, so prompt application is encouraged.

Organization Overview

The International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators (IAATO) is a member organization founded in 1991 to advocate and promote the practice of safe and environmentally responsible private sector travel to the Antarctic. A non-profit 501(c)(6) organization based in South Kingstown, Rhode Island, USA, IAATO has more than 100 member companies across the globe. Additional details can be found online at www.iaato.org.

IAATO Members work together to develop, adopt and implement operational standards that mitigate potential environmental impacts. These standards have proved to be successful including but are not limited to: Antarctic site-specific guidelines, site selection criteria, passenger to staff ratios, limiting numbers of passengers ashore, boot washing guidelines and the prevention of the transmission of alien organisms, wilderness etiquette, ship scheduling and vessel communication procedures, emergency medical evacuation procedures, emergency contingency plans, reporting procedures, marine wildlife watching guidelines, station visitation policies and much more.

IAATO is an Equal Opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.


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