Policy Officer – Marine Protected Areas

Marine Conservation Society

Flexible with frequent travel to London
Up to £32,500 pa

Paid • Full or Part Time • Permanent


Sectors: marine conservation, environmental policy & campaigning

Closing date: Sunday, 5th June 2022  

We work to protect our ocean, and all that depend on it, the wildlife, the people, and now, our planet.

There are currently over 370 Marine Protected Areas across UK seas which means 38% of UK waters are considered to be protected. 

Many of the UK's MPAs are dubbed 'paper parks': their protections are little more than lines on a map. For these sites to be truly effective, they must be properly managed. This means banning damaging activity from certain sites, like bottom trawling vital seabed habitats. We need governments to lead with proper regulation, controls, enforcement and monitoring. 

We are growing our specialist team and are looking for a Policy Officer for MPA’s to give underpinning knowledge and research that will be used across the organisation in our advocacy and campaigns that will achieve real protection for our MPA’s.

Policy development:

Experience of developing conservation or environmental management policy. Can demonstrate an understanding of UK conservation legislation as it applied to the marine environment, and you can apply your knowledge of current UK MPA management delivery. 

Stakeholder engagement and communication:

Can show your experience of working with government agencies such as Defra, MMO, JNCC, Natural England, IFCA’s, and our devolved administrations, and your flexibility of approach for best effect. Verbal and written communication skills that work across a wide range of audiences. 

Working with us:

Takes a people-centric approach, is a problem-solver who supports others, and will enjoy working with a team who are passionate advocates for our ocean and environment. We are looking for people who demonstrate our values, but who also contribute their own perspectives and experiences to add to our knowledge and our culture.

What we need to see

Your CV –We would prefer that you removed your personal information like photographs, contact information, name and age from your CV.

A motivation statement - tell us how your experience meets the role requirements by referring closely to both the job description and the person specification. Include examples of your work or experiences in life which show how you will meet the job criteria and person specification and what skills you bring which would make you successful in the role.

Your motivation statement should also let us know what inspired you to apply for this role with us – tell us what it is about our work that attracted you to our organisation and the position.

We find that stronger applications have this statement – to give yourself the best opportunity for this role, please ensure you include it. No need to write pages, one side of A4 would be perfect, two would be more than enough so try to limit yourself.

We understand that the application process can be difficult if you have a condition or disability that you live with. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to shine during your application process, so please let us know what we can do to accommodate you. 

The legal bit

If you’re successful, all offers of employment are conditional, subject to the following:

  • We are not licensed to issue work permits so candidates are required to provide proof of eligibility to work in the UK and will be required to present original documents if invited for interview. Information on what you’ll need to show will be provided as part of the invitation to attend an interview but you can read more on the Home Office UK Border Agency website.
  • receipt of two references which are satisfactory to MCS
  • your driving licence and insurance, if using a vehicle is an integral part of your role

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