This new role provides an exciting opportunity to develop and expand the Youth Engagement offering of the Ocean Conservation Trust.  Part of this role is funded by The Ernest Cook Trust and the #iwill Fund, acting as a Blue Mentor and supporting Blue Influencers (10-14 year olds) from a diverse range of the local community in Plymouth. The remaining time will be spent planning, developing and delivering the youth engagement programme at the Ocean Conservation Trust, particularly our Ocean Squad offering for young people from 5-15 years old.

The Blue Influencers Scheme is a match-funded programme for environmental youth social action, funded by The Ernest Cook Trust and the #iwill Fund. The #iwill Fund is made possible thanks to £66 million joint investment from The National Lottery Community Fund and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to support young people to access high-quality social action opportunities. The Ernest Cook Trust is acting as a match funder and awarding grants on behalf of the #iwill Fund. Our vision at The Ernest Cook Trust is for an environmentally engaged society with increased connections to nature. The mission of the Blue Influencers Scheme is to assist young people (target age 10-14 year olds) from coastal river and estuarine communities to create deep, lasting and meaningful connections with the natural environment and with their local communities and to embed a culture where youth social action becomes the norm.

You will be the main point of contact for the Ocean Discovery Ranger team to coordinate daily, weekly, monthly and annual activity.  You will have a background in working extensively with the public in an informal environmental education setting and will have broad experience of designing and delivering public and community activities.   It is essential that you have a strong customer service background, with evidence of ability to manage staff, organize your own workload and be a motivated self starter who can work to deadlines and complete tasks to a professional and high standard. We are also looking for someone with a background in working with young people, and engaging them in nature-based activities.

Please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification for more information.


37.5 hours over 7 days per week.


£25,300 per annum

How to Apply:

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining your experience and suitability for the role. In addition please prepare and send the following with your application:

The OCT has received funding to host a Blue Mentor, who will work specifically with young people age 10-14 years old to help them become Blue Influencers. Please write a project plan for an engagement event aimed at this age group, in relation to the following questions – no more than two sides of A4:

  • How would you spend a £1000 budget for this event?
  • What resources would you need?
  • What would you do for you event? Where would it be?
  • How would you recruit young people to join with your event?
  • How would you prepare for the events?
  • How would measure the impact of your event? What would you measure?

Please email your application to: Freyja Thomson-Alberts, Ocean Engagement Manager (

Closing Date: 8am 7th March – Interviews to be held w/c 25th March

If you wish to have an informal chat about the role, please get in touch with Freyja Thomson-Alberts via email or by calling 01752 275212