The Ocean Conservation Trust is a global ocean conservation charity that exists to restore and protect the Ocean. Our work is centred around people and positive action through pro-ocean behaviour and habitat restoration. We’re committed to conserving the marine environment and inspiring others to do the same.

Blue Meadows is a holistic approach to seagrass protection, regeneration and restoration at scale, delivering the UK’s largest seagrass restoration programme. Over the next 5 years our goal is to protect 700 hectares and develop a blueprint for large scale restoration of this vital habitat.

For Blue Meadows to succeed, we recognise that it is essential for us to engage the community with the importance of protecting and restoring seagrass. We are looking for an exceptional individual who is able to build relationships with and work alongside those who directly impact seagrass habitats, supporting the development of joint plans for its protection. This role is all about communication and community engagement along the Southwest coast of the UK. As well as this, you will need to support the Blue Meadows Engagement Manager to develop professional working relationships with local authorities, businesses and others with a vested interest in the health of the seagrass habitat.

In the wider community, the post holder will need to be approachable and engaging, and happy to work on the ground delivering outstanding community conservation activities to encourage pro-Ocean behaviours.

It will also be essential to build solid working relationships with the team at the Ocean Conservation Trust to ensure the best success for Blue Meadows.

You will need to be self-motivated and enthusiastic to generate long-term working relationships with all stakeholders. Experience of working in a public engagement role working with communities in place-based projects is essential. Good communication skills and experience in producing social media content is required. You will be provided with the necessary resources and support from the team based in Plymouth.

This is a permanent position for 37.5 hours per week. The salary will range from £23,000 – £25,500 per annum depending on experience.

The role will be office based to begin with until processes and working relationships have been established, after which hybrid working will be considered.

If you have any questions or wish to have an informal chat about the role, please call Nicola Bridge on 01752 275234.

To apply: Please email the following documents to Nicola Bridge –

1. your CV

2. an explanation of how you meet the essential criteria for the position (2 sides of A4 maximum), we are particularly interested to hear about your experience and skills around working with people.

3. cover letter

The closing date for applications is 9am, Monday 15th January

Only successful candidates will be contacted.

In line with current legislation all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

The OCT operates an Equality and Diversity Policy and is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit. All applications will be judged solely on merit; however, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce