Support Seagrass Cultivation Technician. Near Brixham, Devon, UK

£18,750 pa

The Ocean Conservation Trust (OCT) is a charity with the vision of a world supporting a healthy Ocean to sustain all life.  The OCT also operates the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth. 

We have been awarded National Lottery Heritage UK in conjunction with the DEFRA Green Recovery Challenge Fund. The project runs until 31st March 2022 and aims to restore subtidal seagrass beds within Marine Conservation zones by taking an innovative and fresh approach to seagrass restoration with the aim of benefitting fisheries and carbon sequestration.  

This is an amazing opportunity for a recent ecology or horticulture graduate to be involved in ground breaking efforts to safeguard one of the UK’s most important marine habitats. The role compliments an established seagrass restoration team working on a similar project with EU funding.  An interest in applied conservation is essential.

We’re looking for someone with either experience in horticulture and propagation, specifically with aquatic plants or who has recently been studying this. You will be comfortable with working in all weather conditions and be passionate about producing the best quality stock of seagrass ready for re-planting in the coastal waters around Torbay.

The role will involve working within a seagrass growing facility based at the Dartside Quay, Galmpton.  The role is full time (37.5 hours a week).  Working hours and workloads vary according to the crop, season and planting cycle. Flexibility is essential at peak times, for example before planting periods. High standards of quality and quantity control are demanded and tight deadlines have to be met. Resilience in the face of challenge is essential for this role.

You will be involved in the establishment and ongoing management of the site so being practically minded and hands on with tools will come in useful.  

Please refer to the Job Description and Person Specification for more information on the role.  For an informal discussion please call Mark Parry (Project Lead) on 01752 275204.

To apply: Please send your full CV with a covering letter setting out your experience and suitability for the role to Mark Parry, at  Please place Support Seagrass Cultivation in the subject field of the email.

Closing Date: 7th April 2021  Interviews will be held week commencing 12th April

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, 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 welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is an Equal Opportunities employer.