Project Officer

Surfers Against Sewage

St Agnes, Cornwall
£21,000 pa

Paid • Full Time • Permanent

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

Closing date: Sunday, 22nd May 2022   5 days left

Role: Project Officer
Hours: 37.5 per week Monday to Friday
Contract: Permanent
Salary: £21,000
Holiday: 25 days per year plus Bank Holidays
Based: St Agnes, Cornwall
Probationary Period: 3 months
Reports to: Campaigns Manager


  • An additional 1-day holiday per year accrued after each full year of service up to 3 years
  • Hybrid and flexible working options
  • Incredible ocean location

We are Surfers Against Sewage

Surfers Against Sewage is firmly established as one of the UK’s most successful marine conservation and campaigning charities. For over thirty years, the organisation has cultivated and delivered environmental campaigns with a unique voice in the charity sector, blending activism, science, culture, sport, politics and ocean authenticity. Ocean health is vital to all people, wherever they live and the heritage of the organisation is anchored in the ocean. Yet our reach and influence now permeate communities and institutions nationwide, creating Ocean Activists everywhere with a range of innovative and inclusive campaigns across diverse channels. Our mission remains to engage, empower and mobilise individuals and communities with campaigns to protect and restore the ocean this decade, and beyond.

We are more than surfers. We campaign on more than sewage. We are a community that cares deeply about the planet we live on. We care passionately about the ocean. And we care about each other. We are connected by our love of the water, from clouds to coastlines, but particularly by the ocean. The planet we share is 70% ocean. One ocean that connects us all.

We campaign to protect the ocean for future generations by harnessing the power of the current generation. We amplify their energy to agitate, demonstrate and mobilise action on water quality, plastic pollution, ocean recovery, and ocean & climate change. We communicate the issues clearly and truthfully, mobilise and empower our networks, gathering evidence from the ocean and water front to lobby industry and government, and hold polluting businesses to account. We reach out to empower and connect citizens to be the voice of the ocean. We are Ocean Activists and our campaigns are open to all.

The organisation was founded in 1990 and became a charity in 2013. The charity is made up of a board of 7 trustees, a head office team of 30, 200+ Regional Reps and over 100,000 active volunteers around the UK. The charity also founded and runs the only marine conservation All Party Parliamentary Group in Westminster – the Ocean Conservation APPG, bringing together a collaborative voice for ocean in Westminster.

The charity has one of the biggest community volunteer networks in the UK, with grassroots Ocean Activists involved in ocean conservation campaigns, beach cleans, plastic-free initiatives and fundraising initiatives around the country.

The latest annual report and accounts can be accessed through the Charity Commission.

Who we are looking for:

We are seeking a Project Officer to coordinate the delivery of projects on water quality, plastic pollution and ocean recovery within our Campaigns & Policy Team. The role will be responsible for the delivery, monitoring and evaluation of some of our most exciting projects, working with multiple stakeholders. You will build and maintain strong internal and external relationships with colleagues, partners and funders, and ensure that projects and communicated to and empower our members and volunteers.

Who we are looking for:

  • Monitor, assess and respond to water quality issues, engaging multiple stakeholders including the Environment Agency, Natural Resources Wales, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency, and various water companies.
  • Maintain and develop the Safer Sea & Rivers Service, including monitoring and reporting on analytics.
  • Deliver SAS’s citizen science research projects, particularly around water quality, plastic pollution and ocean recovery.
  • Data analysis, interpretation, and reporting.
  • Support SAS’s secretariat duties to the Ocean Conservation APPG including logistical and administrative support for events.
  • Plan, support and attend key project and community events.
  • Update the website, prepare news stories and engage in delivering social media.
  • Support the drafting of project and funding proposals.
  • Maintain and develop partnerships with other key groups and stakeholders working in similar areas of work to SAS.
  • Carry out any other duties as are within the scope, spirit and purpose of the post as requested by your line manager or any other member of the SAS team.

Other Duties & Responsibilities

  • Adopt a positive approach to personal and professional development; engaging in one to one meetings and relevant training
  • To be aware of, and act on, relevant health and safety responsibilities as an employee of SAS and adhere to these wherever you are working
  • To maintain confidentiality in all areas of work at SAS
  • UK travel may be required. Training & operational activities may require overnight stays away from Cornwall, in which case standard SAS procedure apply
  • Demonstrate a strong commitment to creating an inclusive, equal and diverse workplace.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across SAS to collectively deliver our ethos and mission, vision and aims

What you’ll be able to demonstrate

The position will suit an energetic, dynamic and dedicated officer focused on delivering project related activity. The ideal candidate would be an excellent communicator, well organised, and able to use digital tools for organising and delivering projects. The person will have a passion to protect the ocean.


  • Exceptional IT literacy.
  • Proven organisation and project delivery skills, working in a calm, logical way to achieve tasks within a set deadline.
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative to solve problems.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in social media communications.
  • Enthusiastic and creative.
  • Ability to work flexible hours as necessary.
  • A good team player with a willingness to muck in as and where required.
  • Upbeat and clear thinking even when working at a fast pace.
  • Inspired by SAS’s mission and vision.
  • A great communicator who gets a buzz out of connecting people and getting things done.
  • Full clean UK driving license.


  • Knowledge and understanding of environmental and water quality policy and legislation.
  • Interested and active in community engagement.
  • Interest/experience in project & events management.
  • An ambition to develop experience in environmental campaigning.

How to apply

To apply, please send your CV and covering letter explaining why you want the role, how your skills and experience meet the requirements and what you can bring to the team to [email protected]

Closing Date: 23:30 on 22nd May 2022

Interview Date: Interviews expected to be held during the week commencing 6th June at SAS office in St Agnes, Cornwall.

Surfers Against Sewage values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, as part of this commitment we use blind shortlisting.