Executive Director

Berwickshire Marine Reserve

Eyemouth, Scottish Borders
£30,000 - £35,000 pa pro rata

Paid • Full or Part Time • Fixed Term Contract


Sectors: marine conservation, environmental education

Closing date: Monday, 30th May 2022  

Executive Director 

A key conservation and community engagement position based in a spectacular stretch of marine environment, off the East coast of Berwickshire in the Scottish Borders. The Executive Director will lead the delivery of conservation through education, engagement, and promotion of the marine environment working with the local community and visitors accommodating commercial interests within the reserve’s conservation aims.

This is a wonderful opportunity to align your skills and life style leading a well established voluntary marine reserve in both a strategic and hands on role. We are looking for an experienced, dynamic and effective person, able to manage and provide direction to assist the charity to meet its wider ambitions. You will be supporting a friendly and well-qualified small staff team, working across diverse stakeholder groups including volunteers and our local community constituency. You will be acting as a public spokesperson for the organisation and able to oversee project development and implementation. A background in marine conservation is not essential, although a passion for the marine environment is. 

The job 

The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Trustees, staff, volunteers and external partners to deliver our ambitious programme. Managing the Berwickshire Marine Reserve’s (BMR’s) daily operations, while overseeing our finances, staff team and the development of our Education Centre, you will have the overall aim of conserving Berwickshire’s unique marine environment. 

The person 

The successful candidate will have extensive managerial experience and preferably demonstrated experience of successfully running a community-based environmental organisation. You will have a good understanding of the environmental issues facing Scotland and the UK, within the terrestrial or marine context. You will be a motivated and pro-active person that has the ability to think on their feet whilst being highly organised, with an ability to balance strategic direction with operational delivery. The candidate is expected to show excellent management and people skills and have a desire to become part of our local community. You will have excellent IT, presentation and social media skills. 

To apply 

To apply, a full CV with a covering letter detailing how you meet our requirements should be sent by email to The Board of Trustees at [email protected] by the 9:00am on Monday 30 May 2022. First Interviews are likely to be held virtually on the evenings of 9 and 10 June, or on the morning of Saturday 11 June. Second interviews will be held in Eyemouth on Saturday 18 June 2022. If you would like to discuss this position with us informally please email us at the same address. 

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