Marine Conservation Society


Volunteer • Part Time

Sectors: marine conservation

Closing date: Friday, 31st May 2024   2 days left

What we’re looking for 

We’re looking for people to join our Board with expertise in one or more of the following areas – see the information pack on our website for a fuller description:

  • Finance – you might be a qualified accountant and have a background in finance and audit so that you can provide vital skills to help the Board oversee our financial management. An understanding of charity accounts and regulations would absolutely be an advantage. 
  • Marketing & Communications – we want to reach new audiences to ensure a diverse and inclusive approach, and we are aiming to do that at scale. You may have experience of providing strategic support for increasing our reach and visibility. 
  • Marine Conservation – you might have environmental knowledge, ideally on the marine environment, with policy and/or practical experience of conservation. A network of contacts across the marine sector, particularly with business or government, would be an advantage.

What you can bring to our Board can be just as interesting as where you’ve been working. You do not need to have previous charity trustee experience, but you will need to be comfortable participating at a senior level with complex discussions and the need to be comfortable making pragmatic but key decisions. 

Why join our board? 

Being a Trustee can be a challenge, but it’s also a brilliant opportunity for you to develop your skills, work as part of a team that shapes the direction of our charity in making tangible changes for the future of our ocean and planet. If you’re passionate about what we do, then you’ll feel the same excitement we have in making those changes happen. 

You don’t need to understand everything that we do or know the Latin names of fish, or in most cases, even to have experience of the charity sector. As a Trustee, you’ll develop your personal and professional knowledge, work on strategy and develop an approach to managing risk and broaden your influencing and negotiation skills in a new context. 

You’ll also gain insight and knowledge from your fellow Trustees, with everyone’s skills being recognised and valued. 

Trustees are volunteers, so the role is not paid but we will cover your costs for travelling and any overnight stays to attend meetings or events. 

You will be given a thorough induction to the Marine Conservation Society and your role as Trustee with us, including:

  • An introduction to Directors, Heads of departments and other key team members to help you put together a whole-organisation view. 
  • Giving you the opportunities to get involved in our events and courses to understand fully the work we do on the ground. 
  • Ongoing and comprehensive support from the CEO, Company Secretary/Director of Finance & Resources and other senior managers as needed. 
  • Support and networking with the rest of the Trustees to share knowledge and experience. 

Application and selection process 

We value the knowledge and experiences that you will bring to Marine Conservation Society, and they may have been developed in a range of ways, and by many routes.

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.

Make your application here. 

We will manage your application through our applicant tracking system which means the shortlisting process will be done without your personal information being included. The software can remove it from your CV but it’s more efficient if you don’t include any personal information in any documents that you upload.

A sub-committee from our existing Trustees will consider your application and hold the first interviews. From there, the final shortlist will be invited to a second interview and if all parties are happy to go ahead, we will invite you to observe a Board of Trustees meeting which will be in July. Appointments will be confirmed in November with a letter from the Chair and then the final step will be to have this formalised at our Annual General Meeting which takes place in December. 

Key dates 

Closing date: 31 May 2024
1st Interviews: June 2024
2nd Interviews: End of June/Early July 

If you have any questions, or need further information please contact:

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